Amendment of Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes in the Vicinity of Mattoon and Charleston, IL, 45337-45339 [2018-19347]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 174 / Friday, September 7, 2018 / Rules and Regulations (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to: (1) Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (RRD) BR700–710A2–20 turbofan engines with any electronic engine controller (EEC) firebox assembly installed, with any of the following component part numbers (P/Ns): FW42888, FW42886, FW38590, FW38591, or FW58255. (2) RRD BR700–710C4–11 turbofan engines with any EEC firebox assembly installed, with any of the following component P/Ns: FW38504, FW38503, FW38590, FW38591, or FW58255. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 7600, Engine Controls. (e) Unsafe Condition (j) Material Incorporated by Reference None. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on August 30, 2018. Karen M. Grant, Acting Manager, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, Aircraft Certification Service. This AD was prompted by reports of deterioration of the intumescent heat resistant paint system on the EEC firebox assembly that was found to be beyond acceptable limits. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the EEC. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in failure of the EEC, loss of engine thrust control, and reduced control of the airplane. [FR Doc. 2018–19365 Filed 9–6–18; 8:45 am] (f) Compliance [Docket No. FAA–2018–0770; Amendment No. 71–50] Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (1) Within 28 months after the effective date of this AD, perform the following: (i) For RRD BR700–710A2–20 engines, remove from service the EEC firebox assembly components with P/N FW42888, FW42886, FW38590, FW38591, and FW58255, and replace with parts eligible for installation. (ii) For RRD BR700–710C4–11 engines, remove from service the EEC firebox assembly components with P/N FW38504, FW38503, FW38590, FW38591, and FW58255, and replace with parts eligible for installation. (2) Reserved. (h) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, ECO Branch, 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 certification office, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (i)(1) of this AD. You may email your request to: ANE-AD-AMOC@ 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:12 Sep 06, 2018 Jkt 244001 BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 RIN 2120–AA66 (g) Required Actions daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES (i) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Barbara Caufield, Aerospace Engineer, ECO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA, 01803; phone: 781– 238–7146; fax: 781–238–7199; email: barbara.caufield@faa.gov. (2) Refer to EASA AD No. 2017–0198, dated October 10, 2017, for more information. You may examine the EASA AD in the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA–2017–1050. Airspace Designations; Incorporation by Reference Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule, correction. AGENCY: This action corrects a final rule published in the Federal Register of August 28, 2018, that amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 relating to airspace designations to reflect the approval by the Director of the Federal Register of the incorporation by reference of FAA Order 7400.11C, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points. This action corrects the Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, signature date from August 8, 2017, to August 13, 2018. DATES: These regulations are effective September 15, 2018, through September 15, 2019. The incorporation by reference of FAA Order 7400.11C is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of September 15, 2018, through September 15, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah A. Combs, Airspace Policy Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 45337 History The FAA published a final rule in the Federal Register (83 FR 43759; August 28, 2018) for Docket No. FAA–2018– 0770 amending Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 relating to airspace designations to reflect the approval by the Director of the Federal Register of the incorporation by reference of FAA Order 7400.11C, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points. Subsequent to publication, the FAA found that the signature date for the FAA Order 7400.11C, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, under the Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference section is incorrect. This action corrects the date from August 8, 2017 to August 13, 2018. Correction to Final Rule Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, Airspace Designations; Incorporation by Reference, published in the Federal Register of August 28, 2018 (83 FR 43756), FR Doc. 2018–18507, is corrected as follows: § 71.1 [Amended] On page 43756, column 3, line 43, under Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference remove ‘‘August 8, 2017’’ and add in its place ‘‘August 13, 2018’’, and on page 43757, row 1, line 48, remove ‘‘August 8, 2018’’ and add in its place ‘‘August 13, 2018’’. ■ Issued in Washington, DC, on August 29, 2018. Scott M. Rosenbloom, Acting Manager, Airspace Policy Group. [FR Doc. 2018–19349 Filed 9–6–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2018–0219; Airspace Docket No. 17–AGL–23] RIN 2120–AA66 Amendment of Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes in the Vicinity of Mattoon and Charleston, IL Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This action modifies two VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways (V–72 and V–429) in the vicinity of Mattoon and Charleston, IL. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\07SER1.SGM 07SER1 45338 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 174 / Friday, September 7, 2018 / Rules and Regulations daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES The FAA is taking this action due to the planned decommissioning of the Mattoon, IL, VOR/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) navigation aid (NAVAID), which provides navigation guidance for portions of the affected ATS routes. The Mattoon VOR is being decommissioned in support of the FAA’s VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program. DATES: Effective date 0901 UTC, November 8, 2018. 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 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at https://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 7400.11B at NARA, call (202) 741–6030, or go to https:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ 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 support the route structure in the Mattoon and Charleston, IL, area as VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:12 Sep 06, 2018 Jkt 244001 necessary to preserve the safe and efficient flow of air traffic within the National Airspace System (NAS). History The FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register for Docket No. FAA–2018–0219 (83 FR 12883; March 26, 2018) to amend VOR Federal airways V–72 and V–429 due to the planned decommissioning of the Mattoon, IL, VOR. Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal. One comment was received from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). In their comment, IDOT recommended the FAA amend the V–429 airway segment between the Bible Grove, IL, VOR/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC), Mattoon, IL, VOR/DME, and Champaign, IL, VORTAC by establishing a segment running directly between the Bible Grove VORTAC and Champaign VORTAC. They argued the discontinuity of the FAA proposal to remove the V–429 airway segment between the Bible Grove and Champaign VORTACs does not make effective use of the airspace in the area. In support of their recommendation, they noted the Bible Grove and Champaign VORTACs are located 68 nautical miles (NM) apart and establishing an airway segment between the two NAVAIDs is within the associated standard service volume (40 NM each) with a total segment service volume of 80 NM. In support of Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) initiatives aimed at modernizing the NAS to make flying safer, more efficient, and more predictable, the FAA is working to reduce the NAS dependency on its conventional navigational infrastructure and transition to a performance based navigation (PBN) infrastructure. To that end, as part of a NAS Efficient Streamlined Services Initiative, the VOR MON program is working to gradually reduce the number of conventional legacy NAVAIDs while more efficient PBN area navigation (RNAV) air traffic service (ATS) routes and procedures are being implemented throughout the NAS. As such, the FAA’s goal is to provide additional RNAV ATS routes, point-to-point navigation where operationally beneficial, and to remove most conventional ATS routes, except where needed in mountainous regions and areas without radar coverage. As noted in the NPRM, the FAA identified available mitigations to overcome the proposed gaps in the V–72 and V–429 ATS routes. Instrument PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 flight rules (IFR) traffic could use adjacent VOR Federal airways (including V–5, V–7, V–69, V–171, V–191, V–192, V–262, and V–586) to circumnavigate the affected area; file point to point through the affected area using fixes that will remain in place; or receive air traffic control (ATC) radar vectors through the area. And, visual flight rules (VFR) pilots who elect to navigate via V–72 and V–429 through the affected area could also take advantage of the adjacent VOR Federal airways or ATC services. Additionally, the FAA planned to retain the Mattoon DME facility, charted as a DME facility, using the existing ‘‘MTO’’ three-letter identifier. In consideration of IDOT’s recommendation, the FAA agrees that amending V–429 by establishing an airway segment directly between the Bible Grove and Champaign legacy VORTACs would continue to provide an uninterrupted, conventional ATS route between the Cape Girardeau, MO, VOR/ DME and Joliet, IL, VORTAC. However, the FAA also notes that IDOT’s recommendation does not support the FAA’s NextGen efforts to modernize the NAS and that the mitigations identified in the NPRM provide alternatives for pilots to overcome and navigate through the ATS route gaps in the Charleston and Mattoon area that are successfully used in other parts of the NAS. As such, the FAA is moving forward with the ATS route amendments as proposed in the NPRM. Although the determination is to proceed with the amendments to V–72 and V–429 addressed in the NPRM, the FAA is in the planning stages for establishing a PBN area navigation (RNAV) T-route that closely mirrors the ATS route segment recommended by IDOT, beginning near the Bible Grove VORTAC and proceeding northbound to near the Champaign VORTAC. Once all the coordination and development actions for establishing that RNAV Troute are completed, the FAA will propose the new T-route in a separate rulemaking action. VOR Federal airways are published in paragraph 6010(a) of FAA Order 7400.11B dated August 3, 2017, and effective September 15, 2017, 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 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2017, E:\FR\FM\07SER1.SGM 07SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 174 / Friday, September 7, 2018 / Rules and Regulations and effective September 15, 2017. FAA Order 7400.11B is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11B 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 by modifying the descriptions of VOR Federal airways V–72 and V–429 due to the planned decommissioning of the Mattoon, IL, VOR. The VOR Federal airway changes are described below. V–72: V–72 extends between the Razorback, AR, VOR/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) and the Bloomington, IL, VOR/DME. The airway segment between the Bible Grove, IL, VORTAC and the Bloomington, IL, VOR/DME is removed. The unaffected portions of the existing airway remain as charted. V–429: V–429 extends between the Cape Girardeau, MO, VOR/DME and the Joliet, IL, VORTAC. The airway segment between the Bible Grove, IL, VORTAC and the Champaign, IL, VORTAC is removed. The unaffected portions of the existing airway remain as charted. All radials in the route descriptions below are unchanged and stated in True degrees. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES Regulatory Notices and Analyses accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, paragraph 5-6.5a, which categorically excludes from further environmental impact 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). As such, this action is not expected to result in any potentially significant environmental impacts. In accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, paragraph 5-2 regarding Extraordinary Circumstances, the FAA has reviewed this action for factors and circumstances in which a normally categorically excluded action may have a significant environmental impact requiring further analysis. The FAA has determined that no extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment or environmental impact study. 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: 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. PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS Environmental Review V–72 [Amended] From Razorback, AR; Dogwood, MO; INT Dogwood 058° and Maples, MO, 236° radials; Maples; Farmington, MO; Centralia, IL; to Bible Grove, IL. The FAA has determined that this action of modifying VOR Federal airways V–72 and V–429 in the vicinity of Mattoon and Charleston, IL, qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. 4321, and its implementing regulations at 40 CFR part 1500, and in VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:12 Sep 06, 2018 Jkt 244001 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 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2017 and effective September 15, 2017, is amended as follows: ■ Paragraph 6010(a) Domestic VOR Federal Airways. * * * * * * * * * * V–429 [Amended] From Cape Girardeau, MO; Marion, IL; INT Marion 011° and Bible Grove, IL, 207° PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 45339 radials; to Bible Grove. From Champaign, IL; Roberts, IL; to Joliet, IL. Issued in Washington, DC, on August 29, 2018. Scott M. Rosenbloom, Acting Manager, Airspace Policy Group. [FR Doc. 2018–19347 Filed 9–6–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 100 [Docket Number USCG–2018–0821] RIN 1625–AA08 Special Local Regulation; Upper Mississippi River, St. Paul, MN Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary special local regulation for the navigable waters of the Upper Mississippi River from Mile Marker (MM) 846 to MM 847. The special local regulation is necessary to protect event participants, spectators, and vessels transiting the area from potential hazards during the WCCO–TV Pulling Together marine event. Entry of vessels or persons into the regulated area is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Upper Mississippi River or a designated representative. DATES: This rule is effective from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. on September 8, 2018. SUMMARY: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to https:// www.regulations.gov, type USCG–2018– 0821 in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rule. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email Chief Petty Officer Joshua Wilson, Sector Upper Mississippi River, Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 314–269–2548, email Joshua.A.Wilson@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: I. Table of Abbreviations CFR Code of Federal Regulations COTP Captain of the Port Sector Upper Mississippi River DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking E:\FR\FM\07SER1.SGM 07SER1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 174 (Friday, September 7, 2018)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2018-0219; Airspace Docket No. 17-AGL-23]
RIN 2120-AA66


Amendment of Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes in the Vicinity of 
Mattoon and Charleston, IL

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action modifies two VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) 
Federal airways (V-72 and V-429) in the vicinity of Mattoon and 
Charleston, IL.

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The FAA is taking this action due to the planned decommissioning of the 
Mattoon, IL, VOR/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) navigation aid 
(NAVAID), which provides navigation guidance for portions of the 
affected ATS routes. The Mattoon VOR is being decommissioned in support 
of the FAA's VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program.

DATES: Effective date 0901 UTC, November 8, 2018. 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 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting 
Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at https://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 7400.11B at NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go 
to https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/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 support the route structure in the Mattoon and 
Charleston, IL, area as necessary to preserve the safe and efficient 
flow of air traffic within the National Airspace System (NAS).

History

    The FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal 
Register for Docket No. FAA-2018-0219 (83 FR 12883; March 26, 2018) to 
amend VOR Federal airways V-72 and V-429 due to the planned 
decommissioning of the Mattoon, IL, VOR. Interested parties were 
invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written 
comments on the proposal. One comment was received from the Illinois 
Department of Transportation (IDOT).
    In their comment, IDOT recommended the FAA amend the V-429 airway 
segment between the Bible Grove, IL, VOR/Tactical Air Navigation 
(VORTAC), Mattoon, IL, VOR/DME, and Champaign, IL, VORTAC by 
establishing a segment running directly between the Bible Grove VORTAC 
and Champaign VORTAC. They argued the discontinuity of the FAA proposal 
to remove the V-429 airway segment between the Bible Grove and 
Champaign VORTACs does not make effective use of the airspace in the 
area. In support of their recommendation, they noted the Bible Grove 
and Champaign VORTACs are located 68 nautical miles (NM) apart and 
establishing an airway segment between the two NAVAIDs is within the 
associated standard service volume (40 NM each) with a total segment 
service volume of 80 NM.
    In support of Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) 
initiatives aimed at modernizing the NAS to make flying safer, more 
efficient, and more predictable, the FAA is working to reduce the NAS 
dependency on its conventional navigational infrastructure and 
transition to a performance based navigation (PBN) infrastructure. To 
that end, as part of a NAS Efficient Streamlined Services Initiative, 
the VOR MON program is working to gradually reduce the number of 
conventional legacy NAVAIDs while more efficient PBN area navigation 
(RNAV) air traffic service (ATS) routes and procedures are being 
implemented throughout the NAS. As such, the FAA's goal is to provide 
additional RNAV ATS routes, point-to-point navigation where 
operationally beneficial, and to remove most conventional ATS routes, 
except where needed in mountainous regions and areas without radar 
coverage.
    As noted in the NPRM, the FAA identified available mitigations to 
overcome the proposed gaps in the V-72 and V-429 ATS routes. Instrument 
flight rules (IFR) traffic could use adjacent VOR Federal airways 
(including V-5, V-7, V-69, V-171, V-191, V-192, V-262, and V-586) to 
circumnavigate the affected area; file point to point through the 
affected area using fixes that will remain in place; or receive air 
traffic control (ATC) radar vectors through the area. And, visual 
flight rules (VFR) pilots who elect to navigate via V-72 and V-429 
through the affected area could also take advantage of the adjacent VOR 
Federal airways or ATC services. Additionally, the FAA planned to 
retain the Mattoon DME facility, charted as a DME facility, using the 
existing ``MTO'' three-letter identifier.
    In consideration of IDOT's recommendation, the FAA agrees that 
amending V-429 by establishing an airway segment directly between the 
Bible Grove and Champaign legacy VORTACs would continue to provide an 
uninterrupted, conventional ATS route between the Cape Girardeau, MO, 
VOR/DME and Joliet, IL, VORTAC. However, the FAA also notes that IDOT's 
recommendation does not support the FAA's NextGen efforts to modernize 
the NAS and that the mitigations identified in the NPRM provide 
alternatives for pilots to overcome and navigate through the ATS route 
gaps in the Charleston and Mattoon area that are successfully used in 
other parts of the NAS. As such, the FAA is moving forward with the ATS 
route amendments as proposed in the NPRM.
    Although the determination is to proceed with the amendments to V-
72 and V-429 addressed in the NPRM, the FAA is in the planning stages 
for establishing a PBN area navigation (RNAV) T-route that closely 
mirrors the ATS route segment recommended by IDOT, beginning near the 
Bible Grove VORTAC and proceeding northbound to near the Champaign 
VORTAC. Once all the coordination and development actions for 
establishing that RNAV T-route are completed, the FAA will propose the 
new T-route in a separate rulemaking action.
    VOR Federal airways are published in paragraph 6010(a) of FAA Order 
7400.11B dated August 3, 2017, and effective September 15, 2017, 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 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2017,

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and effective September 15, 2017. FAA Order 7400.11B is publicly 
available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA 
Order 7400.11B 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 by modifying the descriptions of VOR Federal airways V-72 and 
V-429 due to the planned decommissioning of the Mattoon, IL, VOR. The 
VOR Federal airway changes are described below.
    V-72: V-72 extends between the Razorback, AR, VOR/Tactical Air 
Navigation (VORTAC) and the Bloomington, IL, VOR/DME. The airway 
segment between the Bible Grove, IL, VORTAC and the Bloomington, IL, 
VOR/DME is removed. The unaffected portions of the existing airway 
remain as charted.
    V-429: V-429 extends between the Cape Girardeau, MO, VOR/DME and 
the Joliet, IL, VORTAC. The airway segment between the Bible Grove, IL, 
VORTAC and the Champaign, IL, VORTAC is removed. The unaffected 
portions of the existing airway remain as charted.
    All radials in the route descriptions below are unchanged and 
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 VOR Federal 
airways V-72 and V-429 in the vicinity of Mattoon and Charleston, IL, 
qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental 
Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. 4321, and its implementing regulations at 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 impact 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). As such, this action is not expected to result in any 
potentially significant environmental impacts. In accordance with FAA 
Order 1050.1F, paragraph 5-2 regarding Extraordinary Circumstances, the 
FAA has reviewed this action for factors and circumstances in which a 
normally categorically excluded action may have a significant 
environmental impact requiring further analysis. The FAA has determined 
that no extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of 
an environmental assessment or environmental impact study.

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 7400.11B, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2017 and 
effective September 15, 2017, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6010(a) Domestic VOR Federal Airways.

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V-72 [Amended]

    From Razorback, AR; Dogwood, MO; INT Dogwood 058[deg] and 
Maples, MO, 236[deg] radials; Maples; Farmington, MO; Centralia, IL; 
to Bible Grove, IL.
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V-429 [Amended]

    From Cape Girardeau, MO; Marion, IL; INT Marion 011[deg] and 
Bible Grove, IL, 207[deg] radials; to Bible Grove. From Champaign, 
IL; Roberts, IL; to Joliet, IL.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 29, 2018.
Scott M. Rosenbloom,
Acting Manager, Airspace Policy Group.
[FR Doc. 2018-19347 Filed 9-6-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-13-P