Proposed Amendment of VOR Federal Airways V-148, V-177, and V-345 in the Vicinity of Ely, MN, and Hayward, WI, 34078-34080 [2019-15104]

Download as PDF 34078 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 17, 2019 / Proposed Rules dated August 13, 2018, and effective September 15, 2018. FAA Order 7400.11C is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this proposed rule. FAA Order 7400.11C lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with PROPOSALS The Proposal The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to remove VOR Federal airway V–104, and amend VOR Federal airway V–322 due to the planned decommissioning of the Berlin, NH, VOR/DME. The proposed changes are described below. V–104: V–104 currently extends between the Burlington, VT, VOR/DME, and the Bangor, ME, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove V–104 in its entirety. An alternative route between Burlington and Bangor would be available from Burlington via V–141 to Concord, NH; then V–39 to Augusta, ME; then V–3 to Bangor. V–322: V–322 currently extends between the Concord, NH, VOR/DME, and the Sherbrooke, PQ, Canada, VOR/ DME. The FAA proposes to remove the segments of V–322 between the intersection of the Concord, NH, VOR/ DME 022°(T)/037°(M) and the Augusta, ME, 265°(T)/283°(M) radials (i.e., the charted WYLIE Fix); and the Sherbrooke VOR/DME. As amended, V–322 would extend between the Concord, NH, VOR/ DME, and the intersection of the Concord, NH, VOR/DME 022°(T)/ 037°(M) and the Augusta, ME, 265°(T)/ 283°(M) radials (i.e., the charted WYLIE Fix). Alternative routing between Concord, NH and Sherbrooke, Canada would be available from Concord via V–141 to Lebanon, NH; V–151 to Montpelier, VT; then V–447 to Sherbrooke. Domestic VOR Federal airways are published in paragraph 6010(a) of FAA Order 7400.11C, dated August 13, 2018, and effective September 15, 2018, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The VOR Federal airways listed in this document would be subsequently published in the Order. Regulatory Notices and Analyses 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. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:35 Jul 16, 2019 Jkt 247001 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. Environmental Review This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, ‘‘Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures’’ prior to any FAA final regulatory action. 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(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 7400.11C, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 13, 2018, and effective September 15, 2018, is amended as follows: ■ Paragraph 6010(a) Airways. * * * Domestic VOR Federal * * V–104 [Removed] V–322 [Amended] From Concord, NH, to INT Concord 022°(T)/037°(M) and Augusta, ME, 265°(T)/ 283°(M) radials. * * * * * Issued in Washington, DC, on July 8, 2019. Rodger A. Dean Jr., Manager, Airspace Policy Group. [FR Doc. 2019–15112 Filed 7–16–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2019–0476; Airspace Docket No. 19–AGL–7] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Amendment of VOR Federal Airways V–148, V–177, and V–345 in the Vicinity of Ely, MN, and Hayward, WI Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to amend VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways V–148 and V– 345 in the vicinity of Hayward, WI, and remove V–177 in the vicinity of Ely, MN, and Hayward, WI. The VOR Federal airways modifications and removal are necessary due to the planned decommissioning of the Ely, MN, and Hayward, WI, VOR navigation aids (NAVAIDs), which provide navigation guidance for portions of the affected air traffic service (ATS) routes. The Ely and Hayward VORs are being decommissioned as part of the FAA’s VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program. DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 3, 2019. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: 1(800) 647–5527, or (202) 366–9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2019–0476; Airspace Docket No. 19–AGL–7 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. FAA Order 7400.11C, 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 7400.11C at NARA, call (202) 741–6030, or go to https:// SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17JYP1.SGM 17JYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 17, 2019 / Proposed Rules 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: jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with PROPOSALS 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 modify the National Airspace System as necessary to preserve the safe and efficient flow of air traffic. 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– 2019–0476; Airspace Docket No. 19– AGL–7) and be submitted in triplicate to the Docket Management Facility (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the internet at http:// 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–2019–0476; Airspace Docket No. 19–AGL–7.’’ The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:35 Jul 16, 2019 Jkt 247001 All communications received on or before the specified comment closing date 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 be available for examination in the public docket both before and after the comment closing date. 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 http://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA’s web page at http:// www.faa.gov/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 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the office of the Operations Support Group, Central Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, 10101 Hillwood Blvd., Fort Worth, TX, 76177. Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.11C, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 13, 2018, and effective September 15, 2018. FAA Order 7400.11C is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11C lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points. Background The FAA is planning decommissioning activities for the Ely, MN, and Hayward, WI, VORs in 2020 as two of the candidate VORs identified for discontinuance by the FAA’s VOR MON program and listed in the final policy statement notice, ‘‘Provision of Navigation Services for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Transition to PerformanceBased Navigation (PBN) (Plan for Establishing a VOR Minimum Operational Network),’’ published in the Federal Register of July 26, 2016 (81 FR PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 34079 48694), Docket No. FAA–2011–1082. Although the VOR portions of the Ely and Hayward VOR/Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) NAVAIDs are planned for decommissioning, the DME portions are being retained. The ATS routes impacted by the Ely and Hayward VORs are VOR Federal airways V–148, V–177, and V–345. With the planned decommissioning of the Ely and Hayward VORs, the remaining ground-based NAVAID coverage in the Ely, MN, and Hayward, WI, areas is insufficient to enable the continuity of the affected airways. As such, the proposed modification to V– 148 would result in a gap in the airway between the next NAVAIDs beyond the Hayward VOR; the proposed modification to V–345 would result in the airway ending at the NAVAID prior to the Hayward VOR; and V–177 would be removed entirely. To overcome the loss of the airway segments proposed to be removed, instrument flight rules (IFR) traffic could use adjacent VOR Federal airways V–26 and V–129 between the Wausau, WI, VOR/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) and the Duluth, MN, VORTAC or VOR Federal airways V–78 and V–413 between the Gopher, MN, VORTAC and the Ironwood, MI, VOR/DME to circumnavigate the affected area. Additionally, IFR traffic could 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. Visual flight rules pilots who elect to navigate via the airways through the affected area could also take advantage of the adjacent VOR Federal airways or ATC services listed previously. The Proposal The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to modify VOR Federal airways V–148 and V–144, and remove VOR Federal airway V–177. The planned decommissioning of the Ely, MN, and Hayward, WI, VORs has made these actions necessary. The proposed VOR Federal airway changes are outlined below. V–148: V–148 currently extends between the Falcon, CO, VORTAC and the Houghton, MI, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment between the Gopher, MN, VORTAC and the Ironwood, MI, VOR/DME. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. V–177: V–177 currently extends between the Joliet, IL, VOR/DME and the Ely, MN, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway in its entirety. E:\FR\FM\17JYP1.SGM 17JYP1 34080 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 17, 2019 / Proposed Rules V–345: V–345 currently extends between the Dells, WI, VORTAC and the Hayward, WI, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment between the Eau Claire, WI, VORTAC and the Hayward, WI, VOR/DME. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. All radials in the route descriptions below are unchanged and stated in True degrees. VOR Federal airways are published in paragraph 6010(a) of FAA Order 7400.11C dated August 13, 2018, and effective September 15, 2018, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The VOR Federal airways listed in this document would be subsequently published in the Order. Regulatory Notices and Analyses 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. 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 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. Environmental Review This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, ‘‘Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures’’ prior to any FAA final regulatory action. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with PROPOSALS 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: ■ VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:35 Jul 16, 2019 Jkt 247001 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 7400.11C, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 13, 2018, and effective September 15, 2018, is amended as follows: ■ Paragraph 6010(a) Airways. * * * Domestic VOR Federal * * V–148 [Amended] From Falcon, CO; Thurman, CO; 65 MSL INT Thurman 067° and Hayes Center, NE, 246° radials; Hayes Center; North Platte, NE; O’Neill, NE; Sioux Falls, SD; Redwood Falls, MN; to Gopher, MN. From Ironwood, MI; to Houghton, MI. * * * * * * * V–177 [Removed] * * * V–345 [Amended] From Dells, WI; INT Dells 321° and Eau Claire, WI, 134° radials; to Eau Claire. * * * * * Issued in Washington, DC, on July 8, 2019. Rodger A. Dean Jr., Manager, Airspace Policy Group. [FR Doc. 2019–15104 Filed 7–16–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2019–0542; Airspace Docket No. 19–ASW–6] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Revocation of VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal Airway V–369 Due to the Decommissioning of the Groesbeck, TX, VOR Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to remove VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airway V–369 in its entirety between Navasota, TX, and Dallas-Fort Worth, TX. The FAA is proposing this action due to the planned decommissioning of the Groesbeck, TX (GNL), VOR navigation aid (NAVAID) which provides navigation guidance for portions of the affected ATS routes. The Groesbeck VOR is being SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 decommissioned in support of the FAA’s VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program. DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 3, 2019. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: 1(800) 647–5527, or (202) 366–9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2019–0542; Airspace Docket No. 19–ASW–6 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. FAA Order 7400.11C, 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 7400.11C 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 modify the National Airspace System as E:\FR\FM\17JYP1.SGM 17JYP1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 137 (Wednesday, July 17, 2019)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 34078-34080]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-15104]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2019-0476; Airspace Docket No. 19-AGL-7]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Amendment of VOR Federal Airways V-148, V-177, and V-345 
in the Vicinity of Ely, MN, and Hayward, WI

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to amend VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) 
Federal airways V-148 and V-345 in the vicinity of Hayward, WI, and 
remove V-177 in the vicinity of Ely, MN, and Hayward, WI. The VOR 
Federal airways modifications and removal are necessary due to the 
planned decommissioning of the Ely, MN, and Hayward, WI, VOR navigation 
aids (NAVAIDs), which provide navigation guidance for portions of the 
affected air traffic service (ATS) routes. The Ely and Hayward VORs are 
being decommissioned as part of the FAA's VOR Minimum Operational 
Network (MON) program.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 3, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West 
Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: 
1(800) 647-5527, or (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. 
FAA-2019-0476; Airspace Docket No. 19-AGL-7 at the beginning of your 
comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at http://www.regulations.gov.
    FAA Order 7400.11C, 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 7400.11C at NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go 
to https://

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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 modify the National Airspace System as necessary 
to preserve the safe and efficient flow of air traffic.

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-2019-0476; Airspace Docket No. 19-AGL-7) and be submitted in 
triplicate to the Docket Management Facility (see ADDRESSES section for 
address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the 
internet at http://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-2019-0476; Airspace Docket No. 19-AGL-7.'' The 
postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.
    All communications received on or before the specified comment 
closing date 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 be available for 
examination in the public docket both before and after the comment 
closing date. 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 http://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking 
documents can also be accessed through the FAA's web page at http://www.faa.gov/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 
9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal 
holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal 
business hours at the office of the Operations Support Group, Central 
Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, 10101 Hillwood Blvd., 
Fort Worth, TX, 76177.

Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

    This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.11C, Airspace 
Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 13, 2018, and effective 
September 15, 2018. FAA Order 7400.11C is publicly available as listed 
in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11C lists 
Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and 
reporting points.

Background

    The FAA is planning decommissioning activities for the Ely, MN, and 
Hayward, WI, VORs in 2020 as two of the candidate VORs identified for 
discontinuance by the FAA's VOR MON program and listed in the final 
policy statement notice, ``Provision of Navigation Services for the 
Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Transition to 
Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) (Plan for Establishing a VOR Minimum 
Operational Network),'' published in the Federal Register of July 26, 
2016 (81 FR 48694), Docket No. FAA-2011-1082. Although the VOR portions 
of the Ely and Hayward VOR/Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) NAVAIDs 
are planned for decommissioning, the DME portions are being retained. 
The ATS routes impacted by the Ely and Hayward VORs are VOR Federal 
airways V-148, V-177, and V-345.
    With the planned decommissioning of the Ely and Hayward VORs, the 
remaining ground-based NAVAID coverage in the Ely, MN, and Hayward, WI, 
areas is insufficient to enable the continuity of the affected airways. 
As such, the proposed modification to V-148 would result in a gap in 
the airway between the next NAVAIDs beyond the Hayward VOR; the 
proposed modification to V-345 would result in the airway ending at the 
NAVAID prior to the Hayward VOR; and V-177 would be removed entirely. 
To overcome the loss of the airway segments proposed to be removed, 
instrument flight rules (IFR) traffic could use adjacent VOR Federal 
airways V-26 and V-129 between the Wausau, WI, VOR/Tactical Air 
Navigation (VORTAC) and the Duluth, MN, VORTAC or VOR Federal airways 
V-78 and V-413 between the Gopher, MN, VORTAC and the Ironwood, MI, 
VOR/DME to circumnavigate the affected area. Additionally, IFR traffic 
could 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. Visual flight rules pilots who elect to 
navigate via the airways through the affected area could also take 
advantage of the adjacent VOR Federal airways or ATC services listed 
previously.

The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal 
Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to modify VOR Federal airways V-148 and V-
144, and remove VOR Federal airway V-177. The planned decommissioning 
of the Ely, MN, and Hayward, WI, VORs has made these actions necessary. 
The proposed VOR Federal airway changes are outlined below.
    V-148: V-148 currently extends between the Falcon, CO, VORTAC and 
the Houghton, MI, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway 
segment between the Gopher, MN, VORTAC and the Ironwood, MI, VOR/DME. 
The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted.
    V-177: V-177 currently extends between the Joliet, IL, VOR/DME and 
the Ely, MN, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway in its 
entirety.

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    V-345: V-345 currently extends between the Dells, WI, VORTAC and 
the Hayward, WI, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment 
between the Eau Claire, WI, VORTAC and the Hayward, WI, VOR/DME. The 
unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted.
    All radials in the route descriptions below are unchanged and 
stated in True degrees.
    VOR Federal airways are published in paragraph 6010(a) of FAA Order 
7400.11C dated August 13, 2018, and effective September 15, 2018, which 
is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The VOR Federal airways 
listed in this document would be subsequently published in the Order.

Regulatory Notices and Analyses

    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. 
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 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.

Environmental Review

    This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in 
accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, ``Environmental Impacts: Policies 
and Procedures'' prior to any FAA final regulatory action.

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

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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 7400.11C, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 13, 2018, and 
effective September 15, 2018, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6010(a) Domestic VOR Federal Airways.

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V-148 [Amended]

    From Falcon, CO; Thurman, CO; 65 MSL INT Thurman 067[deg] and 
Hayes Center, NE, 246[deg] radials; Hayes Center; North Platte, NE; 
O'Neill, NE; Sioux Falls, SD; Redwood Falls, MN; to Gopher, MN. From 
Ironwood, MI; to Houghton, MI.
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V-177 [Removed]

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V-345 [Amended]

    From Dells, WI; INT Dells 321[deg] and Eau Claire, WI, 134[deg] 
radials; to Eau Claire.
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    Issued in Washington, DC, on July 8, 2019.
Rodger A. Dean Jr.,
Manager, Airspace Policy Group.
[FR Doc. 2019-15104 Filed 7-16-19; 8:45 am]
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