Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Baltimore, MD

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Published: 2015-04-29

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Final rule; technical amendment.
This action amends Class D Airspace at Baltimore, MD, bringing current the regulatory text under the designation for Martin State Airport by adding the words “and Restricted Area R-4001C, which is continuously active up to 10,000 feet AGL”. This is an administrative change to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database.
Effective 0901 UTC, June 25, 2015. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under title 1, Code of Federal Regulations, part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments.
FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to
FAA Order 7400.9, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy and Regulations Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: 202-267-8783.
John Fornito, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, P.O. Box 20636, Atlanta, Georgia 30320; telephone (404) 305-6364.
In a review of the airspace, the FAA found the airspace description for Martin State Airport, Baltimore, MD, Class D Airspace, in FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, did not match the FAA's charting information. This administrative change coincides with the FAA's aeronautical database.
Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference
This document amends FAA Order 7400.9Y, airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2014, and effective September 15, 2014. FAA Order 7400.9Y is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this final rule. FAA Order 7400.9Y lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points.
The Rule
This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 71 by referencing Restricted Area R-4001C in the regulatory text of the Class D airspace area at Martin State Airport, MD, adding the words “and Restricted Area R-4001C, which is continuously active up to 10,000 feet AGL”. This is an administrative change amending the description for Martin State Airport, Baltimore, MD, to be in concert with the FAAs aeronautical database, and does not affect the boundaries, or operating requirements of the airspace, therefore, notice and public procedure 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 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 only affects air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule, when promulgated, does 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 further clarifies the description of controlled airspace at Martin State Airport, Baltimore, MD.
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:
1. The authority citation for Part 71 continues to read as follows:
49 U.S.C. 106(f), 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 FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2014, effective September 15, 2014, is amended as follows:
Paragraph 5000Class D Airspace.
ASO MD DBaltimore, MD [Amended]
Martin State Airport, MD
(Lat. 39°19′32″ N., long. 76°24′50″ W.)
Baltimore VORTAC
(Lat. 39°10′16″ N., long. 76°39′41″ W.)
That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 2,500 feet MSL within a 5.2-mile radius of Martin State Airport and within 4.4 miles each side of a 14.7-mile radius arc of the Baltimore VORTAC extending clockwise from the Baltimore VORTAC 030° radial to the VORTAC 046° radial, excluding that airspace within the Washington Tri-Area Class B airspace area and Restricted Areas R-4001A and R-4001B when they are in effect, and Restricted Area R-4001C, which is continuously active up to 10,000 feet AGL. This Class D airspace area is effective during the specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously published in the Airport/Facility Directory.
Issued in College Park, Georgia, on April 21, 2015.
Gerald E. Lynch,
Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic Organization.
[FR Doc. 2015-09870 Filed 4-28-15; 8:45 am]