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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-2007-28633 and Airspace Docket No. 07-ASW-7) and be submitted in triplicate to the Docket Management System (see
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On January 31, 2007, the U.S. Navy requested that the FAA take action to establish R-3405 at Sullivan, IN. The requested action would provide airspace needed to separate nonparticipating aircraft from a tethered aerostat balloon. The balloon is used at various locations within NSA Crane's Lake Glendora Test Facility to deploy radar, electro-optic, camera, and other sensor packages.
The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 73 to establish R-3405 over an area near Sullivan, IN. The restricted area would enhance safety by separating nonparticipating aircraft from tethered balloon operations conducted by the Lake Glendora Test Facility. The restricted area would be relatively small, covering less than 1 square nm and extending from the surface up to 2,000 feet MSL.
Section 73.34 of Title 14 CFR part 73 was republished in FAA Order 7400.8N, dated February 16, 2007.
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.
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 establishes restricted airspace at Sullivan, IN.
This proposal will be subjected to an environmental analysis in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1E, “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures,” prior to any FAA final regulatory action.
Airspace, Prohibited areas, Restricted areas.
In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 73 as follows:
1. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows:
49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.
2. Section 73.34 is amended as follows: