Amendment of Class E Airspace; Reno, NV


Federal Register, Volume 78 Issue 73 (Tuesday, April 16, 2013)

Federal Register Volume 78, Number 73 (Tuesday, April 16, 2013)

Rules and Regulations

Pages 22414-22415

From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office

FR Doc No: 2013-08810



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

Docket No. FAA-2012-1195; Airspace Docket No. 12-AWP-7

Amendment of Class E Airspace; Reno, NV

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This action amends Class E airspace at Reno/Tahoe International Airport, Reno, NV. Decommissioning of the Compass Locator at the Instrument Landing System Middle Marker (LMM) and the Middle Marker (MM) has made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action also adjusts the geographic coordinates of the airport.

DATES: Effective date, 0901 UTC, June 27, 2013. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under 1 CFR part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eldon Taylor, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203-4537.



On January 24, 2013, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend controlled airspace at Reno, NV (78 FR 5153). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received.

Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6003 of FAA Order 7400.9W dated August 8, 2012, and effective September 15, 2012, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR part 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in that Order.

The Rule

This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by amending Class E airspace designated at an extension to Class C surface areas for Reno/Tahoe International Airport, Reno, NV. Airspace reconfiguration is necessary due to the decommissioning of the LMM and MM navigation aids. The Airport Reference Point is used to describe the airspace instead of the LMM and the MM navigational aids. There is no change to the current configuration of the controlled airspace area. Also, the geographic coordinates of the airport are updated to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database. This action is necessary for the safety and management of IFR operations.

The FAA has determined this regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. Therefore, this regulation: (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 this 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 U.S. Code. Subtitle 1, Section 106 discusses 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 establishes additional controlled airspace at Reno/Tahoe International Airport, Reno, NV.

Environmental Review

The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1E, ``Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures,'' paragraph 311a. This airspace action is not expected to cause any potentially

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significant environmental impacts, and no extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

Adoption of the Amendment

In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR Part 71 as follows:



  1. The authority citation for 14 CFR 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 Part 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 6003 Class E Airspace Designated as an Extension to Class C Surface Areas.

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    AWP NV E3 Reno, NV Amended

    Reno/Tahoe International Airport, NV

    (Lat. 39deg29'57'' N., long. 119deg46'05'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface within 1.8 miles each side of the Reno/Tahoe International Airport 360deg bearing extending from the 5-mile radius of the airport to 12 miles north of the airport, and within 1.8 miles each side of the Reno/Tahoe International Airport 180deg bearing extending from the 5-mile radius of the airport to 10.5 miles south of the airport.

    Issued in Seattle, Washington, on April 2, 2013.

    Clark Desing,

    Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.

    FR Doc. 2013-08810 Filed 4-15-13; 8:45 am

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