Amendment of Class E Airspace; Fayette, AL


This action amends Class E Airspace at Fayette, AL, as the Fayette Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) has been decommissioned and new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures have been developed at Richard Arthur Field. This action enhances the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action also updates the airport's geographic coordinates and notes the name change to Richard Arthur Field.

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For further information contact:

John Fornito, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, P.O. Box 20636, Atlanta, Georgia 30320; telephone (404) 305-6364.

Supplementary information:


On July 25, 2011, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend Class E airspace at Fayette, AL (76 FR 44285) Docket No. FAA-2011-0559. Subsequent to publication, the FAA found that the geographic coordinates needed to be adjusted. This action makes that adjustment. 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 7400.9V dated August 9, 2011, and effective September 15, 2011, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order. With the exception of editorial changes, and the changes described above, this rule is the same as that proposed in the NPRM.

The Rule

This amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 amends the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Fayette, AL to accommodate the new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures developed for Richard Arthur Field. The Fayette NDB has been decommissioned, and the NDB approach cancelled. The existing Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface is being modified for the safety and management of IFR operations. This action also updates the geographic coordinates to be in concert with the FAAs aeronautical database, and notes the airport's name change from Richard Arthur Field Airport to Richard Arthur Field.

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 amends controlled airspace at Richard Arthur Field, Fayette, AL.

Lists 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 part 71 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.

§ 71.1 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9V, AirspaceDesignations and Reporting Points, dated August 9, 2011, effective September 15, 2011, is amended as follows:

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

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ASO AL E5Fayette, AL [Amended]

Richard Arthur Field, AL

(Lat. 33°42′33″ N., long. 87°48′55″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within an 8-mile radius of the Richard Arthur Field.

Issued in College Park, Georgia, on October 19, 2011. Michael Vermuth,

Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic Organization.

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