Establishment of Area Navigation Instrument Flight Rules Terminal Transition Routes (RITTR); Charlotte, NC, 34649-34650 [05-11760]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 114 / Wednesday, June 15, 2005 / Rules and Regulations Issued in Renton, Washington, on May 27, 2005. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 05–11711 Filed 6–14–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2005–20246; Airspace Docket No. 04–ASO–15] RIN 2120–AA66 Establishment of Area Navigation Instrument Flight Rules Terminal Transition Routes (RITTR); Charlotte, NC Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This action establishes four Area Navigation (RNAV) Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Terminal Transition Routes (RITTR) in the Charlotte, NC, terminal area. RITTR’s are low altitude Air Traffic Service (ATS) routes, based on RNAV, for use by aircraft having IFRapproved Global Positioning System (GPS)/Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) equipment. The purpose of RITTR is to expedite the handling of IFR overflight traffic through busy terminal airspace areas. The FAA is taking this action to enhance safety and the efficient use of the navigable airspace in the Charlotte, NC, terminal area. DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, September 1, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Gallant, Airspace and Rules, Office of System Operations and Safety, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: History On March 3, 2005, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish four RITTR’s in the Charlotte, NC, terminal area (70 FR 10346). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on this proposal to the FAA. Two comments were received in response to the NPRM. With the exception of editorial changes, this VerDate jul<14>2003 16:54 Jun 14, 2005 Jkt 205001 amendment is the same as that proposed in the notice. Discussion of Comments One commenter wrote in support of the proposal and suggested that, as more routes are developed at additional terminal areas, there will be a need for pilot training on this subject. The FAA is preparing information for publication in the Aeronautical Information Manual to explain RITTRs and their use by pilots. A second commenter also wrote in support of the proposal but added that the FAA should publish guidance to allow aircraft operating under visual flight rules (VFR) to use these routes when transitioning through terminal airspace. The FAA does not agree and does not plan to formulate such guidance at this time. RITTRs were developed specifically to provide routing for GNSS-equipped aircraft, that are operating on an IFR flight plan, to transition through busy terminal areas. The fixes/waypoints used to define the routes do not have associated visual landmarks for reference by VFR pilots when navigating through the area. There are a number of programs already in place to assist VFR pilots in either avoiding or transitioning through Class B airspace or other airspace areas, where needed. These programs include: the Charted VFR Flyway Planning Chart Program, the Terminal Area VFR Route Program, and the VFR Waypoint Chart Program. These flyways, routes and waypoints, when designated, are depicted on the appropriate VFR Terminal Area Charts. VFR aircraft desiring to transit Class B airspace must obtain air traffic control (ATC) clearance to operate in Class B airspace. ATC may approve or deny requests from VFR aircraft to operate in or through Class B airspace based on controller workload, operational limitations and traffic conditions. In this respect, pilots of a suitably equipped VFR aircraft could request transit through the area along a RITTR track, but the request would be subject to ATC approval as described above. The Rule This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by establishing four RITTR’s, designated T– 200, T–201, T–202, and T–203, in the Charlotte, NC, terminal area. These routes will be depicted in blue on the appropriate IFR en route low altitude charts. RITTRs are low altitude RNAV routes designed to facilitate the expeditious movement of IFR overflight traffic around or through certain congested terminal airspace areas. The PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 34649 routes may be used by GNSS-equipped aircraft that are capable of filing flight plan equipment suffix ‘‘/G.’’ The FAA is taking this action to enhance safety and facilitate the more flexible and efficient use of the navigable airspace for en route IFR aircraft transitioning through the Charlotte Class B airspace area. Low altitude Area Navigation Routes are published in paragraph 6011 of FAA Order 7400.9M dated August 30, 2004 and effective September 16, 2004, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The routes listed in this document will be published subsequently in the order. 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. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 Airspace, Incorporation by Reference, Navigation (air). The Adoption of the Amendment In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows: I 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: I 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 [Amended] 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.9M, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 30, 2004, and effective September 16, 2004, is amended as follows: I Paragraph 6011 Area Navigation Routes. * * E:\FR\FM\15JNR1.SGM * 15JNR1 * * 34650 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 114 / Wednesday, June 15, 2005 / Rules and Regulations T–200 Foothills, GA to Florence, SC [New] Foothills, GA (ODF), VORTAC (lat. 34°41′45″ N., long. 83°17′52″ W.) RICHE, WP (lat. 34°41′54″ N., long. 80°59′23″ W.) Florence, SC (FLO), VORTAC (lat. 34°13′59″ N., long. 79°39′26″ W.) T–201 Columbia, SC to JOTTA [New] Columbia, SC (CAE), VORTAC (lat. 33°51′26″ N., long. 81°03′14″ W.) HUSTN, WP (lat. 34°53′20″ N., long. 80°34′20″ W.) LOCAS, WP (lat. 35°12′05″ N., long. 80°26′45″ W.) JOTTA, WP (lat. 36°00′53″ N., long. 80°50′58″ W.) training in high altitude weapons delivery tactics. Specifically, the training requirements call for practicing the release of weapons from higher altitudes than are currently available within the existing restricted airspace. DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, September 1, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ken McElroy, Airspace and Rules, Office of System Operations and Safety, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: * History * * * * * * * * * T–202 RICHE to GANTS [New] RICHE, WP (lat. 34°41′54″ N., long. 80°59′23″ W.) HUSTN, WP (lat. 34°53′20″ N., long. 80°34′20″ W.) GANTS, WP (lat. 35°27′12″ N., long. 80°06′16″ W.) * * * * * T–203 Columbia, SC to Pulaski, VA [New] Columbia, SC (CAE), VORTAC (lat. 33°51′26″ N., long. 81°03′14″ W.) LOCKS, WP (lat. 34°55′40″ N., long. 81°17′37″ W.) Barretts Mountain, NC (BZM), VOR/DME (lat. 35°52′08″ N., long. 81°14′26″ W.) Pulaski, VA (PSK), VORTAC (lat. 37°05′16″ N., long. 80°42′46″ W.) * * * * * Issued in Washington, DC, on June 8, 2005. Edith V. Parish, Acting Manager, Airspace and Rules. [FR Doc. 05–11760 Filed 6–14–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 73 [Docket No. FAA–2005–20616; Airspace Docket No. 05–ANM–04] RIN 2120–AA66 Amendment to Restricted Area 2211 Blair Lakes; AK Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This action raises the ceiling of Restricted Area 2211 (R–2211), Blair Lakes, AK, from the current 18,000 feet above mean sea level (MSL) to Flight Level (FL) 310. The expanded airspace is required to fulfill United States Air Force (USAF) training requirements. The current restricted airspace at Blair Lakes is too small to allow aircrew VerDate jul<14>2003 16:54 Jun 14, 2005 Jkt 205001 On March 28, 2005, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend R–2211 at Blair Lakes, AK (70 FR 15606). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments objecting to the proposal were received. With the exception of editorial changes, this amendment is the same as that proposed in the notice. The Rule This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 73 to modify R–2211 by raising the ceiling from 18,000 feet MSL to FL 310. The current restricted airspace at Blair Lakes is too small to allow aircrew training in high altitude weapons delivery tactics. The purpose of the expansion of R–2211 is to accommodate high altitude, high angle weapons delivery training to fulfill USAF training requirements. Section 73.22 of 14 CFR part 73 was published in the FAA Regulatory/NonRegulatory Special Use Airspace Areas consolidation dated January 27, 2005. The restricted area listed in this document will be published subsequently in the consolidation. 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 proposed 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 PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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. Environmental Review The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance with paragraph 311(i) FAA Order 1050.1, Polices and Procedures for Considering Environmental Impacts. This airspace action is not expected to cause any potentially significant environmental impacts, and no extraordinary circumstances exists that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 73 Airspace, Prohibited areas, Restricted areas. The Amendment In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 73 as follows: I PART 73—SPECIAL USE AIRSPACE 1. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959– 1963 Comp., p. 389. § 73.22 [Amended] 2. § 73.22 is amended as follows: * * * * * I R–2211 Blair Lakes, AK [Amended] Boundaries: Beginning at lat. 64°29′58″ N., long. 147°44′09″ W.; to lat. 64°19′58″ N., long. 147°19′09″ W.; to lat. 64°13′28″ N., long. 147°32′8″ W.; to lat. 64°22′28″ N., long. 147°58′09″ W.; to the point of beginning. Time of designation: 0800 to 1800, local Monday through Friday, other times by NOTAM. Designated altitude: Surface to FL310. Controlling agency. FAA, Fairbanks Approach Control. Using agency: U.S. Air Force, 354th Fighter Wing, Eielson AFB, AK. * * * * * Issued in Washington, DC, June 8, 2005. Edith V. Parish, Acting Manager, Airspace and Rules. [FR Doc. 05–11761 Filed 6–14–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P E:\FR\FM\15JNR1.SGM 15JNR1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 114 (Wednesday, June 15, 2005)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 34649-34650]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-11760]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2005-20246; Airspace Docket No. 04-ASO-15]
RIN 2120-AA66


Establishment of Area Navigation Instrument Flight Rules Terminal 
Transition Routes (RITTR); Charlotte, NC

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action establishes four Area Navigation (RNAV) Instrument 
Flight Rules (IFR) Terminal Transition Routes (RITTR) in the Charlotte, 
NC, terminal area. RITTR's are low altitude Air Traffic Service (ATS) 
routes, based on RNAV, for use by aircraft having IFR-approved Global 
Positioning System (GPS)/Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) 
equipment. The purpose of RITTR is to expedite the handling of IFR 
overflight traffic through busy terminal airspace areas. The FAA is 
taking this action to enhance safety and the efficient use of the 
navigable airspace in the Charlotte, NC, terminal area.

DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, September 1, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Gallant, Airspace and Rules, 
Office of System Operations and Safety, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; 
telephone: (202) 267-8783.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

History

    On March 3, 2005, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking to establish four RITTR's in the 
Charlotte, NC, terminal area (70 FR 10346). Interested parties were 
invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written 
comments on this proposal to the FAA. Two comments were received in 
response to the NPRM. With the exception of editorial changes, this 
amendment is the same as that proposed in the notice.

Discussion of Comments

    One commenter wrote in support of the proposal and suggested that, 
as more routes are developed at additional terminal areas, there will 
be a need for pilot training on this subject. The FAA is preparing 
information for publication in the Aeronautical Information Manual to 
explain RITTRs and their use by pilots.
    A second commenter also wrote in support of the proposal but added 
that the FAA should publish guidance to allow aircraft operating under 
visual flight rules (VFR) to use these routes when transitioning 
through terminal airspace. The FAA does not agree and does not plan to 
formulate such guidance at this time. RITTRs were developed 
specifically to provide routing for GNSS-equipped aircraft, that are 
operating on an IFR flight plan, to transition through busy terminal 
areas. The fixes/waypoints used to define the routes do not have 
associated visual landmarks for reference by VFR pilots when navigating 
through the area. There are a number of programs already in place to 
assist VFR pilots in either avoiding or transitioning through Class B 
airspace or other airspace areas, where needed. These programs include: 
the Charted VFR Flyway Planning Chart Program, the Terminal Area VFR 
Route Program, and the VFR Waypoint Chart Program. These flyways, 
routes and waypoints, when designated, are depicted on the appropriate 
VFR Terminal Area Charts. VFR aircraft desiring to transit Class B 
airspace must obtain air traffic control (ATC) clearance to operate in 
Class B airspace. ATC may approve or deny requests from VFR aircraft to 
operate in or through Class B airspace based on controller workload, 
operational limitations and traffic conditions. In this respect, pilots 
of a suitably equipped VFR aircraft could request transit through the 
area along a RITTR track, but the request would be subject to ATC 
approval as described above.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 by establishing four RITTR's, designated T-200, T-201, T-202, 
and T-203, in the Charlotte, NC, terminal area. These routes will be 
depicted in blue on the appropriate IFR en route low altitude charts. 
RITTRs are low altitude RNAV routes designed to facilitate the 
expeditious movement of IFR overflight traffic around or through 
certain congested terminal airspace areas. The routes may be used by 
GNSS-equipped aircraft that are capable of filing flight plan equipment 
suffix ``/G.'' The FAA is taking this action to enhance safety and 
facilitate the more flexible and efficient use of the navigable 
airspace for en route IFR aircraft transitioning through the Charlotte 
Class B airspace area.
    Low altitude Area Navigation Routes are published in paragraph 6011 
of FAA Order 7400.9M dated August 30, 2004 and effective September 16, 
2004, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The routes 
listed in this document will be published subsequently in the order.
    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.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by Reference, Navigation (air).

The Adoption of the Amendment

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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

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1. The authority citation for 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.


Sec.  71.1  [Amended]

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2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.9M, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 30, 2004, and 
effective September 16, 2004, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6011 Area Navigation Routes.

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T-200 Foothills, GA to Florence, SC [New]

Foothills, GA (ODF), VORTAC
    (lat. 34[deg]41'45'' N., long. 83[deg]17'52'' W.)
RICHE, WP
    (lat. 34[deg]41'54'' N., long. 80[deg]59'23'' W.)
Florence, SC (FLO), VORTAC
    (lat. 34[deg]13'59'' N., long. 79[deg]39'26'' W.)
* * * * *

T-201 Columbia, SC to JOTTA [New]

Columbia, SC (CAE), VORTAC
    (lat. 33[deg]51'26'' N., long. 81[deg]03'14'' W.)
HUSTN, WP
    (lat. 34[deg]53'20'' N., long. 80[deg]34'20'' W.)
LOCAS, WP
    (lat. 35[deg]12'05'' N., long. 80[deg]26'45'' W.)
JOTTA, WP
    (lat. 36[deg]00'53'' N., long. 80[deg]50'58'' W.)
* * * * *

T-202 RICHE to GANTS [New]

RICHE, WP
    (lat. 34[deg]41'54'' N., long. 80[deg]59'23'' W.)
HUSTN, WP
    (lat. 34[deg]53'20'' N., long. 80[deg]34'20'' W.)
GANTS, WP
    (lat. 35[deg]27'12'' N., long. 80[deg]06'16'' W.)
* * * * *

T-203 Columbia, SC to Pulaski, VA [New]

Columbia, SC (CAE), VORTAC
    (lat. 33[deg]51'26'' N., long. 81[deg]03'14'' W.)
LOCKS, WP
    (lat. 34[deg]55'40'' N., long. 81[deg]17'37'' W.)
Barretts Mountain, NC (BZM), VOR/DME
    (lat. 35[deg]52'08'' N., long. 81[deg]14'26'' W.)
Pulaski, VA (PSK), VORTAC
    (lat. 37[deg]05'16'' N., long. 80[deg]42'46'' W.)
* * * * *

    Issued in Washington, DC, on June 8, 2005.
Edith V. Parish,
Acting Manager, Airspace and Rules.
[FR Doc. 05-11760 Filed 6-14-05; 8:45 am]
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