Proposed Amendment of Class D and E Airspace; Sioux City, IA

Citation86 FR 15445
CourtFederal Aviation Administration
Publication Date23 Mar 2021
Record Number2021-05854
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 54 (Tuesday, March 23, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 54 (Tuesday, March 23, 2021)]
                [Proposed Rules]
                [Pages 15445-15447]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2021-05854]
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                DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
                Federal Aviation Administration
                14 CFR Part 71
                [Docket No. FAA-2021-0176; Airspace Docket No. 21-ACE-8]
                RIN 2120-AA66
                Proposed Amendment of Class D and E Airspace; Sioux City, IA
                AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
                ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).
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                SUMMARY: This action proposes to amend the Class D and Class E airspace
                at Sioux Gateway Airport/Brigadier General Bud Day Field, Sioux City,
                IA. The FAA is proposing this action as the result of an airspace
                review caused by the decommissioning of the Sioux City VHF
                omnidirectional range (VOR) navigation aid as part of the VOR Minimum
                Operational Network (MON) Program. The name and geographic coordinates
                of the airport would also be updated to coincide with the FAA's
                aeronautical database.
                DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 7, 2021.
                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-2021-0176/Airspace Docket No. 21-ACE-8 at the beginning of your
                comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://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 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and
                subsequent amendments can be viewed online at https://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 7400.11E at NARA, email:
                [email protected] or go to https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.
                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 D airspace, the Class E surface airspace,
                and the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the
                surface at Sioux Gateway Airport/Brigadier General Bud Day Field, Sioux
                City, IA, to support instrument flight rule operations at this airport.
                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 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-2021-0176/
                Airspace Docket No. 21-ACE-8.'' 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 https://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking
                documents can also be accessed through the FAA's web page at https://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 7400.11E, Airspace
                Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and effective
                September 15, 2020. FAA Order 7400.11E is publicly available as listed
                in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11E 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 14 CFR part 71 by:
                 Amending the Class D airspace at Sioux Gateway Airport/Brigadier
                General Bud Day Field, Sioux City, IA,
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                by adding an extension 1 mile each side of the 001[deg] bearing from
                the airport extending from the 4.3-mile radius to 4.4 miles north of
                the airport; updating the name (previously Sioux Gateway/Col. Bud Day
                Field) and geographic coordinates of the airport to coincide with the
                FAA's aeronautical database; removing the cities associated with the
                airports to comply with changes to FAA Order 7400.2M, Procedures for
                Handling Airspace Matters; and updating the outdated term ``Airport/
                Facility Directory'' to ``Chart Supplement'';
                 Amending the Class E surface airspace at Sioux Gateway Airport/
                Brigadier General Bud Day Field by adding an extension 1 mile each side
                of the 001[deg] bearing from the airport extending from the 4.3-mile
                radius to 4.4 miles north of the airport; updating the name (previously
                Sioux Gateway/Col. Bud Day Field) and geographic coordinates of the
                airport to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database; removing the
                cities associated with the airports to comply with changes to FAA Order
                7400.2M; and updating the outdated term ``Airport/Facility Directory''
                to ``Chart Supplement'';
                 And amending the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet
                above the surface at Sioux Gateway Airport/Brigadier General Bud Day
                Field by removing the Sioux City VORTAC and associated extension from
                the airspace legal description; amending the extension northwest of the
                airport to within 3.9 miles (reduced from 4 miles) either side of the
                316[deg] (previously 001[deg]) bearing from the Sioux Gateway/Brig.
                General Bud Day FLD: RWY 13-LOC (previously Sioux Gateway Airport/Col.
                Bud Day Field) extending from the 6.8-mile radius of the Sioux Gateway
                Airport/Brigadier General Bud Day Field to 14.4 miles northwest of the
                Sioux Gateway Airport/Brigadier General Bud Day Field; adding an
                extension 3.9-miles each side of the 316[deg] bearing from the airport
                extending from the 6.8-mile radius of the airport to 7.1 miles
                northwest of the airport; removing the city associated with the airport
                to comply with changes to FAA Order 7400.2M; and updating the name
                (previously Sioux Gateway Airport/Col. Bud Day Field) and geographic
                coordinates of the airport to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical
                database.
                 This action is necessary due to an airspace review caused by the
                decommissioning of the Sioux City VOR, which provided navigation
                information for the instrument procedures this airport, as part of the
                VOR MON Program.
                 Class D and E airspace designations are published in paragraph
                5000, 6002, and 6005, respectively, of FAA Order 7400.11E, dated July
                21, 2020, and effective September 15, 2020, which is incorporated by
                reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class D and E airspace designation listed
                in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.
                 FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is
                published yearly and effective on September 15.
                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 71 as follows:
                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 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 7400.11E,
                Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and
                effective September 15, 2020, is amended as follows:
                Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace.
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                ACE IA D Sioux City, IA [Amended]
                Sioux Gateway Airport/Brigadier General Bud Day Field, IA
                 (Lat. 42[deg]24'09'' N, long. 96[deg]23'05'' W)
                Martin Field, NE
                 (Lat. 42[deg]27'15'' N, long. 96[deg]28'21'' W)
                 That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including
                3,600 feet MSL within a 4.3-mile radius of Sioux Gateway Airport/
                Brigadier General Bud Day Field excluding that airspace within a 1-
                mile radius of Martin Field, and within 1 mile either side of the
                001[deg] bearing from the Sioux Gateway Airport/Brigadier General
                Bud Day Field extending from the 4.3-mile radius of Sioux Gateway
                Airport/Brigadier General Bud Day Field to 4.4 miles north of the
                Sioux Gateway Airport/Brigadier General Bud Day Field. This Class D
                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 6002 Class E Surface Airspace.
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                ACE IA E2 Sioux City, IA [Amended]
                Sioux Gateway Airport/Brigadier General Bud Day Field, IA
                 (Lat. 42[deg]24'09'' N, long. 96[deg]23'05'' W)
                Martin Field, NE
                 (Lat. 42[deg]27'15'' N, long. 96[deg]28'21'' W)
                 That airspace within a 4.3-mile radius of Sioux Gateway Airport/
                Brigadier General Bud Day Field, excluding that airspace within a 1-
                mile radius of Martin Field, and within 1 mile either side of the
                001[deg] bearing from the Sioux Gateway Airport/Brigadier General
                Bud Day Field extending from the 4.3-mile radius of Sioux Gateway
                Airport/Brigadier General Bud Day Field to 4.4 miles north of the
                Sioux Gateway Airport/Brigadier General Bud Day Field. 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 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700
                Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth.
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                ACE IA E5 Sioux City, IA [Amended]
                Sioux Gateway Airport/Brigadier General Bud Day Field, IA
                 (Lat. 42[deg]24'09'' N, long. 96[deg]23'05'' W)
                Sioux Gateway/Brig. General Bud Day FLD: RWY 13-LOC
                 (Lat. 42[deg]23'21'' N, long. 96[deg]22'17'' W)
                 That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface
                within a 6.8-mile
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                radius of Sioux Gateway Airport/Brigadier General Bud Day Field, and
                within 3.9 miles each side of the 316[deg] bearing from Sioux
                Gateway/Brig. General Bud Day FLD: RWY 13-LOC extending from the
                6.8-mile radius of the Sioux Gateway Airport/Brigadier General Bud
                Day Field to 14.4 miles northwest of the Sioux Gateway Airport/
                Brigadier General Bud Day Field, and within 3.9 miles each side of
                the 316[deg] bearing from the airport extending from the 6.8-mile
                radius of the airport to 7.1 miles northwest of the airport.
                 Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 17, 2021.
                Martin A. Skinner,
                Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.
                [FR Doc. 2021-05854 Filed 3-22-21; 8:45 am]
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