Amendment of Class E Airspace; Midlothian-Waxahachie, TX

Summary:

This action amends Class E airspace at Midlothian-Waxahachie, TX. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Mid-Way Regional Airport, Midlothian-Waxahachie, TX. This action also reflects the name change to Mid-Way Regional Airport and updates the geographic coordinates to coincide with the FAA's National Aeronautical Charting Office. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at Mid-Way Regional Airport.

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For further information contact:

Scott Enander, Central Service Center, Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137; telephone (817) 321-7716.

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History

On August 12, 2009, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend Class E airspace at Midlothian-Waxahachie, TX, adding additional controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface, at Mid-Way Regional Airport, Midlothian-Waxahachie, TX. (74 FR 40534, Docket No. FAA-2009-0513). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received. Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9T, signed August 27, 2009, and effective September 15, 2009, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR Part 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

The Rule

This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 71 by adding additional Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Mid-Way Regional Airport, Midlothian-Waxahachie, TX, for the safety and management of IFR operations at the airport. This action also reflects the name change of the airport to Mid-Way Regional Airport and updates the geographic coordinates to coincide with the FAA's National Aeronautical Charting Office.

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 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, whenpromulgated, 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 U.S. Code. Subtitle 1, 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 adds additional controlled airspace at Mid-Way Regional Airport, Midlothian-Waxahachie, TX.

List of subjects in 14 cfr part 71

Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

Adoption of the Amendment

In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 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

1. The authority citation for 14 CFR Part 71 continues to read as follows:

Authority:

49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

§ 71.1 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR Part 71.1 of the Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9T, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, signed August 27, 2009, and effective September 15, 2009, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6005Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface.

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ASW TX E5Midlothian-Waxahachie, TX [Amended]

Mid-Way Regional Airport, TX

(Lat. 32°27′22″ N., long. 96°54′46″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.5-mile radius of Mid-Way Regional Airport and within 1.8 miles each side of the 184° bearing from the airport extending from the 6.5-mile radius to 9.8 miles south of the airport.

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Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 1, 2009. Walter L. Tweedy,

Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.

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