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On March 13, 2008, the USAF requested that the FAA change the using agency for R-3807 from, “USAF, Southeast Air Defense Sector, Tyndall AFB, FL,” to “Western Air Defense Sector (WADS), McChord AFB, WA.” The USAF request was based on the Southeast Air Defense Sector (SEADS) transitioning to a new mission and the WADS unit assuming responsibility for the SEADS area of responsibility, including all special use airspace within that area. Coordination between the two air defense sector airspace management offices, as well as Houston Air Route Traffic Control Center, was effected prior to this using agency change request being submitted by the USAF.
Section 73.63 of Title 14 CFR part 73 was republished in FAA Order 7400.8P, effective February 16, 2008.
This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 73 by revising the using agency listed for R-3807, Glencoe, LA; transferring using agency responsibility for R-3807 from “USAF, Southeast Air Defense Sector, Tyndall AFB, FL” to “Western Air Defense Sector (WADS), McChord AFB, WA.” This is an administrative change and does not affect the boundaries, designated altitudes, or activities conducted within the restricted area; therefore, notice and public procedures under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are unnecessary.
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. Therefore, this 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 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 is amending the using agency for R-3807, Glencoe, LA.
The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance with 311d., FAA Order 1050.1E, “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures.” There are no extraordinary circumstances that would require additional environmental analysis.
Airspace, Prohibited areas, Restricted areas.
49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.
Under using agency, remove “USAF, Southeast Air Defense Sector, Tyndall AFB, FL” and insert the words “Western Air Defense Sector (WADS), McChord AFB, WA.”