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On April 10, 2012, the FAA published in the
This amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 removes Class D surface airspace at South Alabama Regional Airport at Bill Benton Field (formerly Andalusia-Opp Airport), Andalusia, AL, as the air traffic control tower has closed. The Class E airspace area extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Fort Rucker, AL, is amended by recognizing the airport's name change from Andalusia-Opp Airport to South Alabama Regional Airport at Bill Benton Field. This action also updates the geographic coordinates of the above airport; Cairns AAF, Ft. Rucker, AL; and Florala Municipal, AL, to be in concert with the FAAs aeronautical database.
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, 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 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 removes controlled airspace at Andalusia, AL, and amends controlled airspace at Fort Rucker, AL.
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 significant environmental impacts, and no extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment
Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).
In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows:
49 U.S.C. 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.
That airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface within the area bounded by a line beginning at lat. 31°38′01″ N., long. 86°23′30″ W.; to lat. 31°45′01″ N., long. 85°38′00″ W.; to lat. 31°17′01″ N., long. 85°26′00″ W.; thence to lat. 31°04′01″ N., long. 85°52′00″ W.; to lat. 31°03′02″ N., long. 86°11′04″ W.; to and clockwise along the arc of a 6.5-mile radius circle of Florala Municipal Airport to lat. 31°02′14″ N., long. 86°26′10″ W.; thence to the point of beginning, and within a 7-mile radius of South Alabama Regional Airport at Bill Benton Field.