[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 134 (Friday, July 12, 2019)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 33196-33198]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-14769]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2019-0530; Airspace Docket No. 19-ASO-14]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Amendment of the Class E Airspace and Establishment of 
Class E Airspace; Huntsville, AL

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to amend the Class E surface airspace and 
the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
and establish a Class E airspace area designated as an extension to a 
Class C surface area at Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field, 
Huntsville, AL. The FAA is proposing this action as the result of the 
decommissioning of the Decatur VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) 
navigation aid, which provided navigation information for the 
instrument procedures at this airport, as part of the VOR Minimum 
Operational Network (MON) Program. The names of Huntsville 
International-Carl T. Jones Field, Redstone AAF, Pryor Field Regional 
Airport, and Huntsville Executive Tom Sharp Jr. Field and the 
geographic coordinates of Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field, 
Pryor Field Regional Airport, and Huntsville Executive Tom Sharp Jr. 
Field would also be updated to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical 
database. Airspace redesign is necessary for the safety and management 
of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at this airport.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 26, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, West Building Ground Floor, Room 
W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590; telephone 
(202) 366-9826, or (800) 647-5527. You must identify FAA Docket No. 
FAA-2019-0530; Airspace Docket No. 19-ASO-14, at the beginning of your 
comments. You may also submit comments 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 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except federal holidays.
    FAA Order 7400.11C, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and 
subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/. For further information, you can contact the 
Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-
8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National 
Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the 
availability of FAA Order 7400.11C at NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go 
to http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.
    FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is 
published yearly and effective on September 15.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Claypool, Federal Aviation 
Administration, Operations Support Group, Central Service Center, 10101 
Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222-5711.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Authority for This Rulemaking

    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 
authority. 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 
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 amend the Class E surface airspace and the Class E airspace 
extending upward from 700 feet above the surface and establish a Class 
E airspace area designated as an extension to a Class C surface area at 
Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field, Huntsville, AL, to 
support IFR operations at this airport.

Comments Invited

    Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed 
rulemaking

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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 and be submitted in 
triplicate to the address listed above. Commenters wishing the FAA to 
acknowledge receipt of their comments on this notice must submit with 
those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the 
following statement is made: ``Comments to Docket No. FAA-2019-0530/
Airspace Docket No. 19-ASO-14.'' The postcard will be date/time stamped 
and returned to the commenter.
    All communications received before the specified closing date for 
comments will be considered before taking action on the proposed rule. 
The proposal contained in this notice may be changed in light of the 
comments received. A report 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. Recently published rulemaking 
documents can also be accessed through the FAA's web page at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/airspace_amendments/.
    You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any 
comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets 
Office (see the ADDRESSES section for the 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 Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic 
Organization, Central Service Center, Operations Support Group, 10101 
Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177.

Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

    This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.11C, Airspace 
Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 13, 2018, and effective 
September 15, 2018. FAA Order 7400.11C is publicly available as listed 
in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11C lists 
Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and 
reporting points.

The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal 
Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by:
    Amending the Class E surface airspace at Huntsville International-
Carl T. Jones Field, Huntsville, AL, by updating the city in the 
airspace legal description to Huntsville, AL (previously Huntsville 
International-Carl T. Jones Field, AL), to comply with a change to FAA 
Order 7400.2M, Procedures for Handling Airspace Matters; updating the 
geographic coordinates of the Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones 
Field; updating the name of Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones 
Field (previously Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field Airport) 
and Redstone AAF (previously Redstone Army Air Field) to coincide with 
the FAA's aeronautical database; and would replace the outdated term 
``Airport/Facility Directory'' with ``Chart Supplement'';
    Establishing a Class E airspace area designated as an extension to 
a Class C surface area at Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field 
extending 1 mile each side of the 181[deg] bearing from the Huntsville 
International-Carl T. Jones Field: RWY 36L-LOC extending from the 5-
mile radius of Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field to 6.3 
miles south of the Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field: RWY 
36L-LOC;
    And amending the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet 
above the surface to within a 7.5-mile radius (reduced from an 8.2-mile 
radius) of Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field; adding an 
extension 3 miles each side of the 001[deg] bearing from Huntsville 
International-Carl T. Jones Field extending from the 7.5-mile radius to 
12.3 miles north of the Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field; 
adding an extension 1.3 miles each side of the 181[deg] bearing from 
the Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field: RWY 36L-LOC extending 
from the 7.5-mile radius to 8.3 miles south of the Huntsville 
International-Carl T. Jones Field: RWY 36L-LOC; updating the names of 
Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field (previously Huntsville 
International-Carl T. Jones Airport), Pryor Field Regional Airport 
(previously Pryor Field), Decatur, AL, and Huntsville Executive Tom 
Sharp Jr. Field (previously Huntsville Airport North), Huntsville, AL, 
to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database; and would update the 
geographic coordinates of Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field, 
Pryor Field Regional Airport, and Huntsville Executive Tom Sharp Jr. 
Field to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database.
    This action is the result of an airspace review caused by the 
decommissioning of the Decatur VOR, which provided navigation 
information for the instrument procedures at these airports, as part of 
the VOR MON Program.
    Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6002, 
6003, and 6005, respectively, of FAA Order 7400.11C, dated August 13, 
2018, and effective September 15, 2018, which is incorporated by 
reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in 
this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

Regulatory Notices and Analyses

    The FAA has determined that this regulation only involves an 
established body of technical regulations for which frequent and 
routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current, is 
non-controversial and unlikely to result in adverse or negative 
comments. It, therefore: (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' 
under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a ``significant rule'' under 
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 rule, when promulgated, would not have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities 
under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Environmental Review

    This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in 
accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, ``Environmental Impacts: Policies 
and Procedures'' prior to any FAA final regulatory action.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).


The Proposed Amendment

    Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, the Federal 
Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

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PART 71--DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR 
TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS

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1. The authority citation for 14 CFR part 71 continues to read as 
follows:

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


Sec.  71.1   [Amended]

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2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.11C, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 13, 2018, and 
effective September 15, 2018, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6002 Class E Airspace Areas Designated as a Surface Area.

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ASO AL E2 Huntsville, AL [Amended]

Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field, AL
    (Lat. 34[deg]38'14'' N, long. 86[deg]46'30'' W)
Redstone AAF
    (Lat. 34[deg]40'43'' N, long. 86[deg]41'05'' W)

    Within a 5-mile radius of the Huntsville International-Carl T. 
Jones Field, excluding that airspace within a 1-mile radius of the 
Redstone AAF. This Class E airspace area is effective during the 
specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to 
Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously 
published in the Chart Supplement.

Paragraph 6003 Class E Airspace Areas Designated as an Extension to 
a Class C Surface Area.

* * * * *

ASO AL E3 Huntsville, AL [Established]

Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field, AL
    (Lat. 34[deg]38'14'' N, long. 86[deg]46'30'' W)
Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field: RWY 36L-LOC
    (Lat. 34[deg]39'20'' N, long. 86[deg]46'55'' W)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface within 1 mile 
each side of the 181[deg] bearing from the Huntsville International-
Carl T. Jones Field: RWY 36L-LOC extending from the 5-mile radius of 
the Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field to 6.3 miles south 
of the Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field: RWY 36L-LOC.

Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward from 700 
Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth.

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ASO AL E5 Huntsville, AL [Amended]

Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field, AL
    (Lat. 34[deg]38'14'' N, long. 86[deg]46'30'' W)
Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field: RWY 36L-LOC
    (Lat. 34[deg]39'20'' N, long. 86[deg]46'55'' W)
Redstone AAF
    (Lat. 34[deg]40'43'' N, long. 86[deg]41'05'' W)
Pryor Field Regional Airport, AL
    (Lat. 34[deg]39'15'' N, long. 86[deg]56'43'' W)
Huntsville Executive Tom Sharp Jr. Field, AL
    (Lat. 34[deg]51'34'' N, long. 86[deg]33'27'' W)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 7.5-mile radius of Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones 
Field, and within 3 miles each side of the 001[deg] bearing from 
Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field extending from the 7.5-
mile radius to 12.3 miles north of Huntsville International-Carl T. 
Jones Field, and within 1.3 miles each side of the 181[deg] bearing 
from the Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field: RWY 36L-LOC 
extending from the 7.5 mile radius of Huntsville International-Carl 
T. Jones Field to 8.3 miles south of the Huntsville International-
Carl T. Jones Field: RWY 36L-LOC, and within a 9.5-mile radius of 
Redstone AAF, and within a 7-mile radius of Pryor Field Regional 
Airport, and within a 6.3-mile radius of Huntsville Executive Tom 
Sharp Jr. Field.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 3, 2019.
John Witucki,
Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2019-14769 Filed 7-11-19; 8:45 am]
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