Proposed Establishment of Helicopter Area Navigation (RNAV) Routes; Northeast United States, 12643-12645 [2011-5251]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 45 / Tuesday, March 8, 2011 / Proposed Rules Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–28A1248, dated December 21, 2006; or Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–28A1248, Revision 1, dated January 9, 2008; are considered acceptable for compliance with the corresponding actions specified in paragraph (j) of this AD. (r) Actions accomplished before the effective date of this AD in accordance with Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–28A1206, dated January 11, 2006; or Revision 1, dated January 30, 2008; are considered acceptable for compliance with the corresponding actions specified in paragraph (g) of this AD, provided one of the actions specified in paragraph (r)(1) or (r)(2) of this AD have been done. (1) The procedures specified in paragraph (f) of AD 2008–24–51 have been accomplished. (2) The actions specified in Part 3 of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–28A1206, Revision 2, dated May 21, 2009, have been accomplished. mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with PROPOSALS Optional Terminating Action (s) Installing and maintaining TDG Aerospace, Inc., universal fault interrupter (UFI), in accordance with Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) ST02076LA, issued October 26, 2007, terminates the actions required by paragraphs (g) through (k) of this AD; provided that, concurrently with installing a UFI on any airplane in an operator’s fleet, a placard is installed adjacent to the pilot’s primary flight display on all airplanes in the operator’s fleet not equipped with a UFI or an automatic shutoff system. The placard reads as follows, except as provided by paragraph (t) of this AD: ‘‘AD 2002–24–51 fuel usage restrictions required.’’ Installation of a placard in accordance with paragraph (h) of this AD is acceptable for compliance with the placard installation required by this paragraph. Installing a UFI in accordance with STC ST02076LA on an airplane terminates the placard installation required by this paragraph for only that airplane. Installing UFIs in accordance with STC ST02076LA, or automatic shutoff systems in accordance with paragraph (g) of this AD, on all airplanes in an operator’s fleet terminates the placard installation required by this paragraph for all airplanes in an operator’s fleet. If operation according to the fuel usage restrictions of AD 2002–24–51 and AD 2001–08–24 is maintained until UFIs or automatic shutoff systems are installed on all airplanes in an operator’s fleet, the placard installation specified in this paragraph is not required. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (t)(1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the ACO, send it to the attention of the person identified in the VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:07 Mar 07, 2011 Jkt 223001 Related Information section of this AD. Information may be e-mailed to: 9-ANMSeattle-ACO-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. Related Information (u) For more information about this AD, contact Tak Kobayashi, Aerospace Engineer, Propulsion Branch, ANM–140S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Ave., SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; phone: (425) 917–6499; fax: (425) 917–6590; e-mail: Takahisa.Kobayashi@faa.gov. (v) For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H–65, Seattle, Washington 98124–2207; telephone 206–544–5000, extension 1; fax 206–766– 5680; e-mail me.boecom@boeing.com; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. Issued in Renton, Washington, on February 25, 2011. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2011–5156 Filed 3–7–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2011–0078; Airspace Docket No. 10–AEA–20] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Establishment of Helicopter Area Navigation (RNAV) Routes; Northeast United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to introduce low altitude helicopter RNAV routes into the United States domestic Air Traffic Service (ATS) route structure to be used by suitably equipped helicopters having IFR-approved Global Positioning System (GPS)/Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) equipment. Additionally, the FAA is proposing to establish two such routes in the northeast corridor between the Washington, DC and New York City metropolitan areas. The FAA is SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 12643 proposing this action to enhance safety and to improve the efficient use of the navigable airspace for en route IFR helicopter operations. DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 22, 2011. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001; telephone: (202) 366–9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2011– 0078 and Airspace Docket No. 10–AEA– 20 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at https://www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Gallant, Airspace, Regulations & ATC Procedures Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers (FAA Docket No. FAA– 2011–0078 and Airspace Docket No. 10– AEA–20) and be submitted in triplicate to the Docket Management System (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the Internet at https:// www.regulations.gov. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this action must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ‘‘Comments to FAA Docket No. FAA–2011–0078 and Airspace Docket No. 10–AEA–20.’’ The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. All communications received on or before the specified closing date for comments will be considered before taking action on the proposed rule. The proposal contained in this action may be changed in light of comments received. All comments submitted will E:\FR\FM\08MRP1.SGM 08MRP1 12644 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 45 / Tuesday, March 8, 2011 / Proposed Rules be available for examination in the public docket both before and after the closing date for comments. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket. Availability of NPRMs An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the Internet at https://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA’s Web page at https:// www.faa.gov/airports_airtraffic/ air_traffic/publications/ airspace_amendments. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the office of the Eastern Service Center, Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, Room 210, 1701 Columbia Ave., College Park, GA 30337. Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRMs should contact the FAA’s Office of Rulemaking, (202) 267–9677, for a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11–2A, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Distribution System, which describes the application procedure. mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with PROPOSALS Background Currently, there are no published, public-use, helicopter-specific IFR RNAV routes in the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS). Helicopter operator representatives have asked the FAA to develop such routes since helicopter flight performance characteristics differ significantly from high performance turboprop and turbojet aircraft. Additionally, published helicopter RNAV routes would increase the safety and efficiency of helicopter operations by affording pilots greater situational awareness and enabling more direct IFR routing. The proposed routes would also make available lower IFR altitudes, which could potentially help helicopters avoid icing conditions during winter operations. Further, TK routes would expand opportunities for helicopter operators to take advantage of developments in Performance Based Navigation technology. TK routes would be designated only within U.S. domestic airspace. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:07 Mar 07, 2011 Jkt 223001 Helicopter RNAV Route Identification and Charting The proposed helicopter RNAV routes would be identified by the prefix ‘‘TK’’ followed by a three digit number. The ‘‘T’’ prefix is one of several International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) designators used to identify domestic RNAV routes. ‘‘K’’ is an ICAO designator used to indicate routes primarily for use by helicopters. The FAA has been allocated the number block 501 through 650 for use in identifying U.S. TK routes. As with the existing T routes, TK routes would be depicted in blue on the appropriate IFR en route low altitude chart(s). Each route depiction would include the route number along with a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Minimum Enroute Altitude (MEA) to ensure obstacle clearance and communications reception. The Proposal The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 that would establish the first two low altitude IFR helicopter RNAV Routes. The proposed routes would provide more direct routing for IFR helicopters in the northeast corridor between the New York City and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas. The routes would serve New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC area airports/heliports. The proposed routes would begin and end at points air traffic control uses for routing helicopters. The new helicopter RNAV routes, as described below, would be designated TK–502 and TK– 504, and would be depicted on the appropriate IFR Enroute Low Altitude charts. Only RNAV-equipped helicopters capable of filing flight plan equipment suffix ‘‘G’’ could file for the TK routes. The TK routes are being proposed to enhance safety and to facilitate the more flexible and efficient use of the navigable airspace for en route IFR helicopter operations. The FAA has determined that this proposed 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 PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 matter that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this proposed 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 the 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 modifies the route structure as required to preserve the safe and efficient flow of air traffic. Environmental Review 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. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). The Proposed Amendment In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 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: 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 7400.9T, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 18, 2010 and effective September 15, 2010, is amended as follows: E:\FR\FM\08MRP1.SGM 08MRP1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 45 / Tuesday, March 8, 2011 / Proposed Rules Paragraph 6012 routes [new]. Helicopter area navigation * * * * * TK–502 Westminster (EMI), MD to DECKR, PA [New] Westminster (EMI), MD VORTAC (Lat. 39°29′42″ N., long. 76°58′43″ W.) TAYLO, MD WP (Lat. 39°39′48″ N., long. 76°27′43″ W.) WINGO, PA WP (Lat. 39°45′59″ N., long. 76°06′56″ W.) SINON, PA WP (Lat. 40°02′14″ N., long. 75°34′46″ W.) GRIBL, PA WP (Lat. 40°14′30″ N., long. 74°53′31″ W.) TOLAN, NJ WP (Lat. 40°21′58″ N., long. 74°25′23″ W.) BALDE, NJ WP (Lat. 40°28′42″ N., long. 74°11′33″ W.) SPATE, NY WP (Lat. 40°31′22″ N., long. 74°07′30″ W.) DECKR, NY WP (Lat. 40°39′07″ N., long. 74°02′42″ W.) * * * * * Issued in Washington, DC, on March 2, 2011. Rodger A. Dean, Acting Manager, Airspace, Regulations and ATC Procedures Group. [FR Doc. 2011–5251 Filed 3–7–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2010–0813; Airspace Docket No. 09–AEA–12] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Revocation of VOR Federal Airway V–284; New Jersey Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); withdrawal. mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with PROPOSALS AGENCY: The FAA is withdrawing the Notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on September 3, 2010, to remove VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) Federal SUMMARY: 19:07 Mar 07, 2011 Effective date 0901 UTC, March 8, 2011. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under 1 CFR part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments. DATES: Paul Gallant, Airspace, Regulations and ATC Procedures Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: TK–504 RUSEY, MD to BANKA, NJ [New] RUSEY, MD WP (Lat. 39°16′07″ N., long. 76°11′19″ W.) CIDOB, MD WP (Lat. 39°25′47″ N., long. 75°58′43″ W.) HAMOR, PA WP (Lat. 39°51′21″ N., long. 75°47′17″ W.) ARCUM, PA WP (Lat. 40°01′26″ N., long. 75°20′54″ W.) TULLY, PA WP (Lat. 40°10′38″ N., long. 74°51′48″ W.) BORKE, NJ WP (Lat. 40°10′12″ N., long. 74°22′32″ W.) BANKA, NJ WP (Lat. 40°22′53″ N., long. 74°03′04″ W.) VerDate Mar<15>2010 airway V–284, which extends between Sea Isle, NJ and Cedar Lake, NJ. Upon further consideration, the FAA has determined that an operational requirement for the airway still exists; therefore, withdrawal of the proposed rule is warranted. Jkt 223001 Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854; 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959– 1963 Comp., p. 389. Issued in Washington, DC, on March 2, 2011. Rodger A. Dean, Acting Manager, Airspace, Regulations and ATC Procedures Group. [FR Doc. 2011–5244 Filed 3–7–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 17 CFR Part 242 RIN 3235–AK74 On September 3, 2010, the FAA published in the Federal Register an NPRM proposing to amend Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by removing VOR Federal Airway V–284 (75 FR 54058), Docket No. FAA–2010–0813. Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal. Four comments were received. Discussion of Comments The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and three individuals submitted comments on the proposal. All commenters opposed the removal of V–284. The commenters stated that revocation of V–284 would reduce efficiency of operations for non-Global Positioning System equipped aircraft transiting the Delaware-New Jersey-New York City-Philadelphia areas. For such aircraft, the VOR Federal airway system remains the primary means of navigation for Instrument Flight Rules operations. The commenters also indicated that the elimination of this convenient and viable route could require pilots to deviate from their desired course, adding flight time and expense to their operations. FAA’s Conclusions Upon further consideration, we have determined that the removal of V–284 is not warranted at this time. Therefore, the NPRM is withdrawn. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). Frm 00037 The Withdrawal Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, the FAA withdraws the NPRM published in the Federal Register on September 3, 2010 (75 FR 54058) [FR Doc. 2010–22007]. [Release No. 34–64018; File No. S7–27–10] History PO 00000 12645 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Ownership Limitations and Governance Requirements for Security-Based Swap Clearing Agencies, Security-Based Swap Execution Facilities, and National Securities Exchanges With Respect to Security-Based Swaps Under Regulation MC Securities and Exchange Commission. ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period. AGENCY: The Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) is reopening the period for public comment on proposed Regulation MC under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Exchange Act’’), which is designed to mitigate potential conflicts of interest at clearing agencies that clear security-based swaps (‘‘security-based swap clearing agencies’’), security-based swap execution facilities (‘‘SB SEFs’’), and national securities exchanges that post or make available for trading security-based swaps (‘‘SBS exchanges’’). The proposal was originally published in Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63107 (October 14, 2010), 75 FR 65882 (October 26, 2010) (‘‘Regulation MC Proposing Release’’). The Commission is reopening the period for public comment to solicit further comment on Regulation MC in light of other more recent proposed rulemakings that concern conflicts of interest at securitybased swap clearing agencies and SB SEFs. DATES: Comments should be received on or before April 29, 2011. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08MRP1.SGM 08MRP1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 45 (Tuesday, March 8, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 12643-12645]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-5251]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2011-0078; Airspace Docket No. 10-AEA-20]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Establishment of Helicopter Area Navigation (RNAV) 
Routes; Northeast United States

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to introduce low altitude helicopter RNAV 
routes into the United States domestic Air Traffic Service (ATS) route 
structure to be used by suitably equipped helicopters having IFR-
approved Global Positioning System (GPS)/Global Navigation Satellite 
System (GNSS) equipment. Additionally, the FAA is proposing to 
establish two such routes in the northeast corridor between the 
Washington, DC and New York City metropolitan areas. The FAA is 
proposing this action to enhance safety and to improve the efficient 
use of the navigable airspace for en route IFR helicopter operations.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 22, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., 
West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001; 
telephone: (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA-2011-
0078 and Airspace Docket No. 10-AEA-20 at the beginning of your 
comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at https://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Gallant, Airspace, Regulations & 
ATC Procedures Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; 
telephone: (202) 267-8783.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed 
rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as 
they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the 
views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing 
reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are 
specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, 
environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal.
    Communications should identify both docket numbers (FAA Docket No. 
FAA-2011-0078 and Airspace Docket No. 10-AEA-20) and be submitted in 
triplicate to the Docket Management System (see ADDRESSES section for 
address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the 
Internet at https://www.regulations.gov.
    Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments 
on this action must submit with those comments a self-addressed, 
stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ``Comments 
to FAA Docket No. FAA-2011-0078 and Airspace Docket No. 10-AEA-20.'' 
The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.
    All communications received on or before the specified closing date 
for comments will be considered before taking action on the proposed 
rule. The proposal contained in this action may be changed in light of 
comments received. All comments submitted will

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be available for examination in the public docket both before and after 
the closing date for comments. A report summarizing each substantive 
public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will 
be filed in the docket.

Availability of NPRMs

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the 
Internet at https://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking 
documents can also be accessed through the FAA's Web page at https://www.faa.gov/airports_airtraffic/air_traffic/publications/airspace_amendments.
    You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any 
comments received and any final disposition in person in the Dockets 
Office (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number) between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. An 
informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at 
the office of the Eastern Service Center, Operations Support Group, 
Federal Aviation Administration, Room 210, 1701 Columbia Ave., College 
Park, GA 30337.
    Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future 
NPRMs should contact the FAA's Office of Rulemaking, (202) 267-9677, 
for a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11-2A, Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking Distribution System, which describes the application 
procedure.

Background

    Currently, there are no published, public-use, helicopter-specific 
IFR RNAV routes in the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS). Helicopter 
operator representatives have asked the FAA to develop such routes 
since helicopter flight performance characteristics differ 
significantly from high performance turboprop and turbojet aircraft. 
Additionally, published helicopter RNAV routes would increase the 
safety and efficiency of helicopter operations by affording pilots 
greater situational awareness and enabling more direct IFR routing. The 
proposed routes would also make available lower IFR altitudes, which 
could potentially help helicopters avoid icing conditions during winter 
operations. Further, TK routes would expand opportunities for 
helicopter operators to take advantage of developments in Performance 
Based Navigation technology. TK routes would be designated only within 
U.S. domestic airspace.

Helicopter RNAV Route Identification and Charting

    The proposed helicopter RNAV routes would be identified by the 
prefix ``TK'' followed by a three digit number. The ``T'' prefix is one 
of several International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) designators 
used to identify domestic RNAV routes. ``K'' is an ICAO designator used 
to indicate routes primarily for use by helicopters. The FAA has been 
allocated the number block 501 through 650 for use in identifying U.S. 
TK routes.
    As with the existing T routes, TK routes would be depicted in blue 
on the appropriate IFR en route low altitude chart(s). Each route 
depiction would include the route number along with a Global Navigation 
Satellite System (GNSS) Minimum Enroute Altitude (MEA) to ensure 
obstacle clearance and communications reception.

The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal 
Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 that would establish the first two low 
altitude IFR helicopter RNAV Routes. The proposed routes would provide 
more direct routing for IFR helicopters in the northeast corridor 
between the New York City and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas. The 
routes would serve New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and 
Washington, DC area airports/heliports. The proposed routes would begin 
and end at points air traffic control uses for routing helicopters. The 
new helicopter RNAV routes, as described below, would be designated TK-
502 and TK-504, and would be depicted on the appropriate IFR Enroute 
Low Altitude charts. Only RNAV-equipped helicopters capable of filing 
flight plan equipment suffix ``G'' could file for the TK routes. The TK 
routes are being proposed to enhance safety and to facilitate the more 
flexible and efficient use of the navigable airspace for en route IFR 
helicopter operations.
    The FAA has determined that this proposed 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 
certified that this proposed 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 
the 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 modifies the route structure as required to preserve 
the safe and efficient flow of air traffic.

Environmental Review

    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.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

The Proposed Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation 
Administration proposes to amend 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:

    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]

    2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 
7400.9T, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 18, 
2010 and effective September 15, 2010, is amended as follows:

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Paragraph 6012 Helicopter area navigation routes [new].

* * * * *

TK-502 Westminster (EMI), MD to DECKR, PA [New]

Westminster (EMI), MD VORTAC
    (Lat. 39[deg]29'42'' N., long. 76[deg]58'43'' W.)
TAYLO, MD WP
    (Lat. 39[deg]39'48'' N., long. 76[deg]27'43'' W.)
WINGO, PA WP
    (Lat. 39[deg]45'59'' N., long. 76[deg]06'56'' W.)
SINON, PA WP
    (Lat. 40[deg]02'14'' N., long. 75[deg]34'46'' W.)
GRIBL, PA WP
    (Lat. 40[deg]14'30'' N., long. 74[deg]53'31'' W.)
TOLAN, NJ WP
    (Lat. 40[deg]21'58'' N., long. 74[deg]25'23'' W.)
BALDE, NJ WP
    (Lat. 40[deg]28'42'' N., long. 74[deg]11'33'' W.)
SPATE, NY WP
    (Lat. 40[deg]31'22'' N., long. 74[deg]07'30'' W.)
DECKR, NY WP
    (Lat. 40[deg]39'07'' N., long. 74[deg]02'42'' W.)
* * * * *

TK-504 RUSEY, MD to BANKA, NJ [New]

RUSEY, MD WP
    (Lat. 39[deg]16'07'' N., long. 76[deg]11'19'' W.)
CIDOB, MD WP
    (Lat. 39[deg]25'47'' N., long. 75[deg]58'43'' W.)
HAMOR, PA WP
    (Lat. 39[deg]51'21'' N., long. 75[deg]47'17'' W.)
ARCUM, PA WP
    (Lat. 40[deg]01'26'' N., long. 75[deg]20'54'' W.)
TULLY, PA WP
    (Lat. 40[deg]10'38'' N., long. 74[deg]51'48'' W.)
BORKE, NJ WP
    (Lat. 40[deg]10'12'' N., long. 74[deg]22'32'' W.)
BANKA, NJ WP
    (Lat. 40[deg]22'53'' N., long. 74[deg]03'04'' W.)

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 2, 2011.
Rodger A. Dean,
Acting Manager, Airspace, Regulations and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2011-5251 Filed 3-7-11; 8:45 am]
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