Proposed Establishment Class E Airspace; Portland-Troutdale Airport, OR

CourtFederal Aviation Administration,Transportation Department
Citation86 FR 44668
Record Number2021-17109
Publication Date13 Aug 2021
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 154 (Friday, August 13, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 154 (Friday, August 13, 2021)]
                [Proposed Rules]
                [Pages 44668-44670]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2021-17109]
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                DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
                Federal Aviation Administration
                14 CFR Part 71
                [Docket No. FAA-2021-0637; Airspace Docket No. 21-ANM-31]
                RIN 2120-AA66
                Proposed Establishment Class E Airspace; Portland-Troutdale
                Airport, OR
                AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
                ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).
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                SUMMARY: This action proposes to establish Class E airspace, designated
                as an extension to a Class D or Class E surface area, at Portland-
                Troutdale Airport, Portland, OR. This action also proposes numerous
                administrative updates to the Class D and Class E2 text headers and
                airspace descriptions. This action would ensure the safety and
                management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
                DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 27, 2021.
                ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of
                Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West
                Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590; telephone:
                1-800-647-5527, or (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA Docket No.
                FAA-2021-0637; Airspace Docket No. 21-ANM-31, at the beginning of your
                comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov.
                 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: Matthew Van Der Wal, Federal Aviation
                Administration, Western Service Center, Operations Support Group, 2200
                S. 216th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone (206) 231-3695.
                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 establish Class E airspace at Portland-Troutdale Airport,
                Portland, OR, to support IFR operations at the 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
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                aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket
                numbers and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above.
                Persons 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-2021-0637; Airspace Docket No. 21-ANM-31''. 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 Northwest Mountain Regional Office of the Federal
                Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Organization, Western Service
                Center, Operations Support Group, 2200 S. 216th Street, Des Moines, WA
                98198.
                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 establishing
                Class E airspace at Portland-Troutdale Airport, Portland, OR. The
                additional airspace is designed to properly contain IFR aircraft
                descending below 1,000 feet above the surface on the RNAV (GPS)-A
                approach.
                 This action also proposes numerous administrative updates to the
                Class D and Class E2 text headers and airspace descriptions. The first
                line of the text headers should be updated from ``ANM OR D Portland-
                Troutdale, OR'' to ``ANM OR D Portland, OR'', Portland is the official
                city for the airport. The second line of the text headers should be
                updated from ``Portland-Troutdale Airport, Troutdale, OR'' to
                ``Portland-Troutdale Airport, OR'', this line should only list the
                airport name and state. A fourth and fifth line of text should be added
                to the headers. The lines should read ``Portland International Airport,
                OR'' and ``(Lat. 45[deg]35'19'' N, long. 112[deg]35'49'' W)',
                respectively. The additional lines are necessary because the airspace
                descriptions contain exclusionary language for Portland Airport's Class
                C airspace area. The term Airport/Facility Directory'' in the last
                sentence of the Class D airspace description is outdated and should be
                corrected to ``Chart Supplement.'' The Class E2 airspace area is not in
                use continuously, to accurately describe the airspace, the following
                sentences should be added to the description. ``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.''
                 Class D, Class E2, and Class E4 airspace designations are published
                in paragraphs 5000, 6002, and 6004, 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 Class E
                airspace designations 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 part 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 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 7400.11E,
                Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and
                effective September 15, 2020, is amended as follows:
                Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace
                * * * * *
                ANM OR D Portland, OR [Amended]
                Portland-Troutdale Airport, OR
                 (Lat. 45[deg]32'58'' N, long. 122[deg]24'05'' W)
                Portland International Airport, OR
                 (Lat. 45[deg]35'19'' N, long. 112[deg]35'49'' W)
                 That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including
                2,500 feet MSL within a 4-mile radius of the Portland-Troutdale
                Airport, excluding the portion within Portland International
                Airport's Class C airspace area. 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.
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                Paragraph 6002 Class E Airspace Areas Designated as a Surface Area.
                * * * * *
                ANM OR E2 Portland, OR [Amended]
                Portland-Troutdale Airport, OR
                 (Lat. 45[deg]32'58'' N, long. 122[deg]24'05'' W)
                Portland International Airport, OR
                 (Lat. 45[deg]35'19'' N, long. 112[deg]35'49'' W)
                 That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including
                2,500 feet MSL within a 4-mile radius of the Portland-Troutdale
                Airport, excluding the portion within the Portland International
                Airport's Class C airspace area. 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 6004 Class E Airspace Areas Designated as an Extension to
                a Class D or Class E Surface Area.
                * * * * *
                ANM OR E4 Portland, OR [New]
                Portland-Troutdale Airport, OR
                 (Lat. 45[deg]32'58'' N, long. 122[deg]24'05'' W)
                 That airspace extending upward from the surface within 2.3 miles
                each side of the 212[deg] bearing from the airport extending from a
                4-mile radius of the airport to 10.4 miles to the southwest of the
                airport.
                 Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on August 5, 2021.
                B.G. Chew,
                Acting Group Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.
                [FR Doc. 2021-17109 Filed 8-12-21; 8:45 am]
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