[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 20 (Wednesday, January 30, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 6257-6258]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-02053]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0031; Airspace Docket No. 12-AWA-7]
RIN 2120-AA66

Proposed Amendment of Class C Airspace; Nashville International 
Airport, TN

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).


SUMMARY: This action proposes to modify the Nashville International 
Airport, TN, Class C airspace area by removing a cutout from the 
surface area that was put in place to accommodate operations around an 
airport that is now permanently closed. The FAA is proposing this 
action to return the Class C airspace area to the standard 
configuration and enable more efficient operations at the Nashville 
International Airport.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 1, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001; 
telephone: (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA-2013-
0031 and Airspace Docket No. 12-AWA-7, at the beginning of your 
comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Gallant, Airspace Policy and ATC 
Procedures Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; 
telephone: (202) 267-8783.


Comments Invited

    Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed 
rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments as they 
may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the 
views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing 
reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are 
specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, 
environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal.
    Communications should identify both docket numbers (FAA Docket No. 
FAA-2013-0031 and Airspace Docket No. 12-AWA-7) and be submitted in 
triplicate to the Docket Management Facility (see ADDRESSES section for 
address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the 
Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.
    Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments 
on this action must submit with those comments a self-addressed, 
stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ``Comments 
to Docket Nos. FAA-2013-0031 and Airspace Docket No. 12-AWA-7.'' The 
postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.
    All communications received on or before the specified closing date 
for comments will be considered before taking action on the proposed 
rule. The proposal contained in this action may be changed in light of 
comments received. All comments submitted will be available for 
examination in the public docket both before and after the closing date 
for comments. A report

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summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel 
concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket.

Availability of NPRMs

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the 
Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.
    You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any 
comments received and any final disposition in person in the Dockets 
Office (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number) between 
9:00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal 
business hours at the office of the Eastern Service Center, Federal 
Aviation Administration, Room 210, 1701 Columbia Ave., College Park, GA 
    Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future 
NPRMs should contact the FAA's Office of Rulemaking, (202) 267-9677, 
for a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11-2A, Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking Distribution System, which describes the application 

The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal 
Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to modify the Nashville International 
Airport Class C airspace area by removing a cutout from the Class C 
surface area that excluded the airspace within a 1.5 NM radius of the 
former Cornelia Fort Airpark from the Class C surface area. The 
exclusion was in place to solely accommodate operations at the Airpark, 
which was located about 4 NM north northwest of Nashville International 
Airport. The Airpark is now permanently closed and the property sold 
for non-aviation uses. Since the original purpose of the exclusion no 
longer exists, the FAA is proposing to remove the words `` * * * 
excluding that airspace within a 1.5-mile radius of lat. 36[deg]12'00'' 
N., long. 86[deg]42'10'' W. (in the vicinity of Cornelia Fort Airpark) 
* * * '' from the Class C airspace description. This would restore the 
Class C surface area to the standard configuration of a 5 NM radius 
around Nashville International Airport and would enhance the management 
of aircraft operations at the airport.
    Also, a minor correction would be made to update the geographic 
coordinates of the Nashville International Airport to reflect the 
current information in the FAA's aeronautical database. This change 
would remove ``lat. 36[deg]07'31'' N., long. 86[deg]40'35'' W.,'' and 
insert ``lat. 36[deg]07'28'' N., long. 86[deg]40'42'' W.'' in its 
    Class C airspace areas are published in paragraph 4000 of FAA Order 
7400.9W, dated August 8, 2012 and effective September 15, 2012, which 
is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class C airspace area 
modification proposed in this document would be published subsequently 
in the Order.
    The FAA has determined that this proposed regulation only involves 
an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and 
routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. 
Therefore, this proposed regulation: (1) Is not a ``significant 
regulatory action'' under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a 
``significant rule'' under Department of Transportation (DOT) 
Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); 
and (3) does not warrant preparation of a regulatory evaluation as the 
anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that 
will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is 
certified that this proposed rule, when promulgated, will not have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities 
under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is 
found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 
describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, 
Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency's 
    This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in 
Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the 
FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of the 
airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient 
use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority 
as it would modify terminal airspace as required to preserve the safe 
and efficient flow of air traffic in the Nashville, TN, area.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

The Proposed Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation 
Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows:


1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 
24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

Sec.  71.1  [Amended]

2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of the Federal 
Aviation Administration Order 7400.9W, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, dated August 8, 2012, and effective September 15, 
2012, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 4000 Subpart C--Class C Airspace.

* * * * *

ASO TN C Nashville International Airport, TN [Amended]

Nashville International Airport, TN
(Lat. 36[deg]07'28'' N., long. 86[deg]40'42'' W.)


    That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 
4,600 feet MSL within a 5-mile radius of the Nashville International 
Airport; and that airspace extending upward from 2,100 feet MSL to 
and including 4,600 feet MSL within a 10-mile radius of Nashville 
International Airport from the 018[deg] bearing from the airport 
clockwise to the 198[deg] bearing from the airport, and that 
airspace extending upward from 2,400 feet MSL to and including 4,600 
feet MSL within a 10-mile radius of the airport from the 198[deg] 
bearing from the airport clockwise to the 018[deg] bearing from the 

    Issued in Washington, DC, on January 17, 2013.
Gary A. Norek,
Manager, Airspace Policy and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2013-02053 Filed 1-29-13; 8:45 am]