Amendment of Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes; Southwest Oklahoma, 11820-11821 [2017-03542]

Download as PDF sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES 11820 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 37 / Monday, February 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations 7400.11A, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2016, and effective September 15, 2016, . . .’’. For Docket No. FAA–2015–4133; Airspace Docket No. 15–ANM–27 (81 FR 62807, September 12, 2016). On page 62807, column 1, line 27, under DATES; and on page 62807, column 1, line 47, under ADDRESSES remove ‘‘. . . FAA Order 7400.9 . . .’’ and add in its place ‘‘. . . FAA Order 7400.11 . . .’’. On page 62807, column 1, line 30 and line 43, under ADDRESSES; and on page 62807, column 2, line 62 and line 65, under Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference remove ‘‘. . . FAA Order 7400.9Z, . . .’’ and add in its place ‘‘. . . FAA Order 7400.11A, . . .’’. On page 62807, column 2, line 49, under History; and on page 62807, column 2, line 65, under Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference; and on page 62808, column 2, line 3, under Amendatory Instruction 2 remove ‘‘. . . FAA Order 7400.9Z, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2015, and effective September 15, 2015, . . .’’ and add in its place ‘‘. . . FAA Order 7400.11A, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2016, and effective September 15, 2016, . . .’’. For Docket No. FAA–2016–6006; Airspace Docket No. 15–AGL–3 (81 FR 62810, September 13, 2016). On page 62810, column 1, line 38, under DATES; and on page 62810, column 1, line 59, under ADDRESSES remove ‘‘. . . FAA Order 7400.9 . . .’’ and add in its place ‘‘. . . FAA Order 7400.11 . . .’’. On page 62810, column 1, line 41, under ADDRESSES; and on page 62810, column 2, line 57 and line 60, under Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference remove ‘‘. . . FAA Order 7400.9Z, . . .’’ and add in its place ‘‘. . . FAA Order 7400.11A, . . .’’. On page 62810, column 2, line 44, under History; and on page 62810, column 2, line 54, under Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference; and on page 62810, column 3, line 17, under The Rule; and on page 62811, column 1, line 16, under Amendatory Instruction 2 remove ‘‘. . . FAA Order 7400.9Z, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2015, and effective September 15, 2015, . . .’’ and add in its place ‘‘. . . FAA Order 7400.11A, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2016, and effective September 15, 2016, . . .’’. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:46 Feb 24, 2017 Jkt 241001 Issued in Washington, DC, on February 13, 2017. Leslie M. Swann, Acting Manager, Airspace Policy Group. [FR Doc. 2017–03521 Filed 2–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2015–3835; Airspace Docket No. 14–ASW–13] RIN 2120–AA66 Amendment of Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes; Southwest Oklahoma Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This action modifies 3 VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways (V–140, V–272, and V–440) in the vicinity of Sayre, OK. The FAA is taking this action due to the scheduled decommissioning of the Sayre, OK, VOR/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) facility that provides navigation guidance for a portion of the airways listed. This action enhances the enroute structure within the National Airspace System. SUMMARY: Effective date 0901 UTC, April 27, 2017. 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 7400.11 and publication of conforming amendments. ADDRESSES: FAA Order 7400.11A, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/ air_traffic/publications/. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.11A at NARA, call (202) 741–6030, or go to http:// www.archives.gov/federal_register/ code_of_federal-regulations/ibr_ locations.html. FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colby Abbott, Airspace Policy Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority for This Rulemaking 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 would amend the route structure as required to preserve the safe and efficient flow of air traffic in the vicinity of Sayre, OK. History On October 20, 2015, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) (80 FR 63473), Docket No. FAA–2015– 3835, to amend VOR Federal airways V– 140, V–272, and V–440 due to the scheduled decommissioning of the Sayre VORTAC. Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal. One comment was received. Discussion of Comments The comment received was in regard to navigation aid signal reception coverage along the proposed realigned airway segments being sufficient enough for navigation. The commenter noted that low altitude VORs, like the Sayre and Burns Flat, OK, VORTAC facilities were only certified to 40 nautical miles (NM). He also stated that the distance of V–440 between the Sayre and Panhandle, TX, VORTACs was 102 NM and had already stretched the approved reception of the two VORs from 80 NM to 102 NM. The commenter offered that moving airway operations from the Sayre VORTAC to the Burns Flat VORTAC would only increase the reception distance further and possibly cause loss of navigation reception while on the airway. He recommended the FAA test the reception along the new proposed airway and confirm the airway E:\FR\FM\27FER1.SGM 27FER1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 37 / Monday, February 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations amendment would have sufficient navigation reception. In response to the comment received, the FAA accomplished an extended service volume (ESV) analysis of the VORTACs supporting all the proposed amendments and determined that the navigation aid signal reception along the proposed VOR Federal airway route segments fell within historical signal reception coverages for the area. FAA flight check evaluation of the amended route segments confirmed there is satisfactory navigation aid signal coverage along the new routes. VOR Federal airways are published in paragraph 6010 of FAA Order 7400.11A dated August 3, 2016, and effective September 15, 2016, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The VOR Federal airways listed in this document will be subsequently published in the Order. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference This document amends FAA Order 7400.11A, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2016, and effective September 15, 2016. FAA Order 7400.11A is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11A lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points. The Rule The FAA is amending Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to modify three VOR Federal airways (V–140, V–272, and V–440) in the vicinity of Sayre, OK, due to the scheduled decommissioning of the Sayre VORTAC. The route modifications are outlined below. V–140: V–140 extends from the Panhandle VORTAC to the Casanova, VA, VORTAC. The route segment between the Panhandle and Kingfisher, OK, VORTACs is amended to proceed over the Burns Flat VORTAC. V–272: V–272 extends from the Dalhart, TX, VORTAC to the Fort Smith, AR, VORTAC. The route segment between the Borger and Will Rogers VORTACs is amended to proceed over the Burns Flat VORTAC. V–440: V–440 extends from the Panhandle VORTAC to the Will Rogers VORTAC. The route segment between the BRISC and CARFF fixes is amended to proceed over the Burns Flat VORTAC. Additionally, the intersecting NAVAID radial information used to describe the BRISC fix is updated using the Panhandle VORTAC 070°(T) and Burns Flat VORTAC 288°(T) radials and VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:46 Feb 24, 2017 Jkt 241001 the intersecting NAVAID radial information used to describe the CARFF fix is updated using the Burns Flat VORTAC 103°(T) and Will Rogers VORTAC 248°(T) radials. All radials in the regulatory text route descriptions below are stated in True degrees. Regulatory Notices and Analyses 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. It, therefore: (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 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. Environmental Review The FAA has determined that this action of modifying three VOR Federal airways near Sayre, OK qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (40 CFR part 1500) and in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, paragraph 5– 6.5a which categorically excludes from further environmental review rulemaking actions that designate or modify classes of airspace areas, airways, routes, and reporting points (see 14 CFR part 71, Designation of Class A, B, C, D, and E Airspace Areas; Air Traffic Service Routes; and Reporting Points). Therefore, this action is not expected to cause any potentially significant environmental impacts. Also in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, paragraph 5–2 regarding Extraordinary Circumstances, this action has been reviewed for factors and circumstances in which a normally categorically excluded action may have a significant environmental impact requiring further analysis, and it is determined that no extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment. 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: ■ Authority: 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 [Amended] 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.11A, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2016, and effective September 15, 2016, is amended as follows: ■ Paragraph 6010(a) Airways * * V–140 * Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 * * [Amended] * * V–272 * * * [Amended] From Dalhart, TX; Borger, TX; Burns Flat, OK; Will Rogers, OK; INT Will Rogers 113° and McAlester, OK, 286° radials; McAlester; to Fort Smith, AR. * * V–440 * * * [Amended] From Panhandle, TX; INT Panhandle 070° and Burns Flat, OK, 288° radials; Burns Flat; INT Burns Flat 103° and Will Rogers, OK, 248° radials; to Will Rogers. * * * * * Issued in Washington, DC, on February 16, 2017. Leslie M. Swann, Acting Manager, Airspace Policy Group. [FR Doc. 2017–03542 Filed 2–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). Frm 00033 Domestic VOR Federal From Panhandle, TX; Burns Flat, OK; Kingfisher, OK; INT Kingfisher 072° and Tulsa, OK, 261° radials; Tulsa; Razorback, AR; Harrison, AR; Walnut Ridge, AR; Dyersburg, TN; Nashville, TN; Livingston, TN; London, KY; Hazard, KY; Bluefield, WV; INT Bluefield 071° and Montebello, VA, 250° radials; Montebello; to Casanova, VA. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 PO 00000 11821 E:\FR\FM\27FER1.SGM 27FER1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 37 (Monday, February 27, 2017)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-03542]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2015-3835; Airspace Docket No. 14-ASW-13]
RIN 2120-AA66


Amendment of Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes; Southwest Oklahoma

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action modifies 3 VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal 
airways (V-140, V-272, and V-440) in the vicinity of Sayre, OK. The FAA 
is taking this action due to the scheduled decommissioning of the 
Sayre, OK, VOR/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) facility that provides 
navigation guidance for a portion of the airways listed. This action 
enhances the enroute structure within the National Airspace System.

DATES: Effective date 0901 UTC, April 27, 2017. 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 7400.11 and publication of conforming 
amendments.

ADDRESSES: FAA Order 7400.11A, Airspace Designations and Reporting 
Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/. For further information, you can 
contact the Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-
8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National 
Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the 
availability of FAA Order 7400.11A at NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go 
to http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/code_of_federal-regulations/ibr_locations.html.
    FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is 
published yearly and effective on September 15.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colby Abbott, Airspace Policy Group, 
Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-
8783.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Authority for This Rulemaking

    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 would amend the route structure as required to preserve the safe 
and efficient flow of air traffic in the vicinity of Sayre, OK.

History

    On October 20, 2015, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) (80 FR 63473), Docket No. FAA-
2015-3835, to amend VOR Federal airways V-140, V-272, and V-440 due to 
the scheduled decommissioning of the Sayre VORTAC. Interested parties 
were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting 
written comments on the proposal. One comment was received.

Discussion of Comments

    The comment received was in regard to navigation aid signal 
reception coverage along the proposed realigned airway segments being 
sufficient enough for navigation. The commenter noted that low altitude 
VORs, like the Sayre and Burns Flat, OK, VORTAC facilities were only 
certified to 40 nautical miles (NM). He also stated that the distance 
of V-440 between the Sayre and Panhandle, TX, VORTACs was 102 NM and 
had already stretched the approved reception of the two VORs from 80 NM 
to 102 NM. The commenter offered that moving airway operations from the 
Sayre VORTAC to the Burns Flat VORTAC would only increase the reception 
distance further and possibly cause loss of navigation reception while 
on the airway. He recommended the FAA test the reception along the new 
proposed airway and confirm the airway

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amendment would have sufficient navigation reception.
    In response to the comment received, the FAA accomplished an 
extended service volume (ESV) analysis of the VORTACs supporting all 
the proposed amendments and determined that the navigation aid signal 
reception along the proposed VOR Federal airway route segments fell 
within historical signal reception coverages for the area. FAA flight 
check evaluation of the amended route segments confirmed there is 
satisfactory navigation aid signal coverage along the new routes.
    VOR Federal airways are published in paragraph 6010 of FAA Order 
7400.11A dated August 3, 2016, and effective September 15, 2016, which 
is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The VOR Federal airways 
listed in this document will be subsequently published in the Order.

Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

    This document amends FAA Order 7400.11A, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2016, and effective September 15, 
2016. FAA Order 7400.11A is publicly available as listed in the 
ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11A lists Class A, 
B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and 
reporting points.

The Rule

    The FAA is amending Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 to modify three VOR Federal airways (V-140, V-272, and V-440) 
in the vicinity of Sayre, OK, due to the scheduled decommissioning of 
the Sayre VORTAC. The route modifications are outlined below.
    V-140: V-140 extends from the Panhandle VORTAC to the Casanova, VA, 
VORTAC. The route segment between the Panhandle and Kingfisher, OK, 
VORTACs is amended to proceed over the Burns Flat VORTAC.
    V-272: V-272 extends from the Dalhart, TX, VORTAC to the Fort 
Smith, AR, VORTAC. The route segment between the Borger and Will Rogers 
VORTACs is amended to proceed over the Burns Flat VORTAC.
    V-440: V-440 extends from the Panhandle VORTAC to the Will Rogers 
VORTAC. The route segment between the BRISC and CARFF fixes is amended 
to proceed over the Burns Flat VORTAC. Additionally, the intersecting 
NAVAID radial information used to describe the BRISC fix is updated 
using the Panhandle VORTAC 070[deg](T) and Burns Flat VORTAC 
288[deg](T) radials and the intersecting NAVAID radial information used 
to describe the CARFF fix is updated using the Burns Flat VORTAC 
103[deg](T) and Will Rogers VORTAC 248[deg](T) radials.
    All radials in the regulatory text route descriptions below are 
stated in True degrees.

Regulatory Notices and Analyses

    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. 
It, therefore: (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 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.

Environmental Review

    The FAA has determined that this action of modifying three VOR 
Federal airways near Sayre, OK qualifies for categorical exclusion 
under the National Environmental Policy Act (40 CFR part 1500) and in 
accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and 
Procedures, paragraph 5-6.5a which categorically excludes from further 
environmental review rulemaking actions that designate or modify 
classes of airspace areas, airways, routes, and reporting points (see 
14 CFR part 71, Designation of Class A, B, C, D, and E Airspace Areas; 
Air Traffic Service Routes; and Reporting Points). Therefore, this 
action is not expected to cause any potentially significant 
environmental impacts. Also in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, 
paragraph 5-2 regarding Extraordinary Circumstances, this action has 
been reviewed for factors and circumstances in which a normally 
categorically excluded action may have a significant environmental 
impact requiring further analysis, and it is determined that 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 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

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1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  49 U.S.C. 106(f), 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 7400.11A, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2016, and 
effective September 15, 2016, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6010(a) Domestic VOR Federal Airways

* * * * *

V-140 [Amended]

From Panhandle, TX; Burns Flat, OK; Kingfisher, OK; INT Kingfisher 
072[deg] and Tulsa, OK, 261[deg] radials; Tulsa; Razorback, AR; 
Harrison, AR; Walnut Ridge, AR; Dyersburg, TN; Nashville, TN; 
Livingston, TN; London, KY; Hazard, KY; Bluefield, WV; INT Bluefield 
071[deg] and Montebello, VA, 250[deg] radials; Montebello; to 
Casanova, VA.
* * * * *

V-272 [Amended]

From Dalhart, TX; Borger, TX; Burns Flat, OK; Will Rogers, OK; INT 
Will Rogers 113[deg] and McAlester, OK, 286[deg] radials; McAlester; 
to Fort Smith, AR.
* * * * *

V-440 [Amended]

From Panhandle, TX; INT Panhandle 070[deg] and Burns Flat, OK, 
288[deg] radials; Burns Flat; INT Burns Flat 103[deg] and Will 
Rogers, OK, 248[deg] radials; to Will Rogers.
* * * * *

    Issued in Washington, DC, on February 16, 2017.
Leslie M. Swann,
Acting Manager, Airspace Policy Group.
[FR Doc. 2017-03542 Filed 2-24-17; 8:45 am]
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