Proposed Amendment of Area Navigation Routes Q-75 and Q-475, Northeast Corridor Atlantic Coast Routes; Northeastern United States, 50341-50344 [2019-20692]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 186 / Wednesday, September 25, 2019 / Proposed Rules (c) Applicability This AD applies to Airbus SAS Model A350–941 airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2019– 0183, dated July 26, 2019 (‘‘EASA AD 2019– 0183’’). (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 92, Electric and electronic common installation. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by an investigation that identified the cargo lining gutter assembly would be unable to drain a certain quantity of water in case of leakage or rupture of certain water pipes. The FAA is issuing this AD to address this condition, which, if not corrected, could lead to fluid contamination of certain electrical equipment and connectors, possibly resulting in the loss of several flight control functions, with consequent reduced control of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Requirements Except as specified in paragraph (h) of this AD: Comply with all required actions and compliance times specified in, and in accordance with, EASA AD 2019–0183. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with PROPOSALS (h) Exception to EASA AD 2019–0183 The ‘‘Remarks’’ section of EASA AD 2019– 0183 does not apply to this AD. (i) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Section, Transport Standards 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 International Section, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (j)(2) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOCREQUESTS@faa.gov. 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. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain instructions from a manufacturer, the instructions must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus SAS’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized signature. (3) Required for Compliance (RC): For any service information referenced in EASA AD 2019–0183 that contains RC procedures and tests: Except as required by paragraph (i)(2) VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:14 Sep 24, 2019 Jkt 247001 of this AD, RC procedures and tests must be done to comply with this AD; any procedures or tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the operator’s maintenance or inspection program without obtaining approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests identified as RC require approval of an AMOC. (j) Related Information (1) For information about EASA AD 2019– 0183, contact the EASA, Konrad-AdenauerUfer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 89990 6017; email ADs@ easa.europa.eu; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this EASA AD on the EASA website at https:// ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this EASA AD at the FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. EASA AD 2019–0183 may be found in the AD docket on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2019–0704. (2) For more information about this AD, contact Kathleen Arrigotti, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3218. Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on September 19, 2019. Suzanne Masterson, Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2019–20760 Filed 9–24–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2019–0661; Airspace Docket No. 19–AEA–9] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Amendment of Area Navigation Routes Q–75 and Q–475, Northeast Corridor Atlantic Coast Routes; Northeastern United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to modify high altitude area navigation (RNAV) routes Q–75, and Q–475 in the northeastern United States. This action would support the Northeast Corridor Atlantic Coast Route (NEC ACR) Project. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 50341 The modified routes were developed to improve the efficiency of the National Airspace System (NAS), expand the availability of area navigation (RNAV) routing, and reduce dependency of the NAS on ground-based navigational systems. DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 12, 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– 2019–0661; Airspace Docket No. 19– AEA–9 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. FAA Order 7400.11D, 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 7400.11D at NARA, email: fedreg.legal@nara.gov or go to http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ ibr-locations.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Gallant, 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 expand the availability of area navigation routes in the NAS, increase E:\FR\FM\25SEP1.SGM 25SEP1 50342 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 186 / Wednesday, September 25, 2019 / Proposed Rules airspace capacity, and reduce complexity in high air traffic volume areas. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with PROPOSALS 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– 2019–0661; Airspace Docket No. 19– AEA–9) 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–2019–0661; Airspace Docket No. 19–AEA–9.’’ 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 NPRM’s An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the internet at http://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:14 Sep 24, 2019 Jkt 247001 docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the office of the Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, Room 210, 1701 Columbia Ave., College Park, GA 30337. Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.11D, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 8, 2019, and effective September 15, 2019. FAA Order 7400.11D is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this proposed rule. FAA Order 7400.11D lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points. Background The Northeast Corridor Atlantic Coast Route (NEC ACR) project developed Performance Based Navigation (PBN) routes involving the Washington, Boston, New York, and Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC). The proposed routes would enable aircraft to travel from most locations along the east coast of the United States mainland from Maine to Charleston, SC. The proposed NEC ACR routes would tie-in to the Florida Metroplex high altitude route structure that became effective on November 8, 2018 (83 FR 43750; August 28, 2018) Docket No. FAA–2018–0437. This tie-in would enable more efficient direct routings between the U.S. east coast and Caribbean area locations. Additionally, the proposed routes would extend the availability of RNAV routing from the Boston, MA, area northeastward to the Newfoundland, Canada area. The proposed Q-routes would support the strategy to transition the NAS from a ground-based navigation aid and radar-based system to a satellite-based PBN system. The Proposal The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to amend Q-routes Q– 75 and Q–475, in the northeastern United States in support of the Northeast Corridor Atlantic Coast Route project. The proposed Q-route amendments are as follows: Q–75: Q–75 currently extends between the ENEME, GA, WP, and the Greensboro, NC, (GSO) VORTAC. As proposed, the route would be extended from the Greensboro, NC, VORTAC northeast to the COPLY, MA, WP (approximately 20 NM east of the PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Boston, MA, (BOS) VOR/DME). Between the Greensboro, NC, VORTAC and the COPLY WP, the following points would be added to the route: BROSK, NC, WP; DRAIK, VA, Fix; Gordonsville, VA, (GVE) VORTAC; HAMMZ, VA, WP; TOOBN, MD, WP; MURPH, MD, Fix; SACRI, MD, Fix ; STOEN, PA, Fix; Modena, PA, (MXE) VORTAC; COPES, PA, Fix; BIGGY, NJ, Fix; Solberg, NJ, (SBJ) VOR/DME; JERSY, NJ, Fix; DUEYS, NY, Fix; BIZEX, NY, WP; GREKI, CT, Fix; NELIE, CT, Fix; SWALO, MA, Fix; and the Boston, MA, (BOS) VOR/DME. This would provide RNAV routing between Greensboro, NC and the Boston, MA, area. Q–475: Q–475 currently extends between the TUSKY, OA, Fix and the PERLU, Canada, WP. This proposal would extend Q–475 from the TUSKY fix westward to the COPLY, MA, WP (located approximately 20 NM northeast of the Boston, MA, VOR/DME). The CANAL, MA, WP, and the SCUPP, OA, fix would be added between the TUSKY Fix and the COPLY WP. Note: The Q–475 route description includes the SCUPP and TUSKY fixes located over international waters. In the route description, in place of a two-letter state abbreviation for the SCUPP and TUSKY fixes, ‘‘OA,’’ meaning ‘‘Offshore Atlantic,’’ is used. Full route descriptions of the proposed amended routes are listed in ‘‘The Proposed Amendment’’ section of this notice. The proposed amended routes in this notice would significantly expand the availability of high altitude RNAV routing along the eastern seaboard of the U.S. The project is designed to increase airspace capacity and reduce complexity in high volume areas through the use of optimized routes through congested airspace. RNAV routes are published in paragraph 2006 of FAA Order 7400.11D dated August 8, 2019, and effective September 15, 2019, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The RNAV routes listed in this document would be subsequently published in the Order. FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. 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 E:\FR\FM\25SEP1.SGM 25SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 186 / Wednesday, September 25, 2019 / Proposed Rules 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, jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with PROPOSALS ‘‘Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures’’ prior to any FAA final regulatory action. 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. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 § 71.1 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 [Amended] 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.11D, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 8, 2019, and effective September 15, 2019, is amended as follows: Paragraph 2006—United States Area Navigation Routes * * * 1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows: ■ Q75 ENEME, ENEME, GA TEUFL, GA TEEEM, GA SHRIL, GA FISHO, SC ILBEE, SC SLOJO, SC GREENSBORO, NC (GSO) BROSK, NC DRAIK, VA Gordonsville, VA (GVE) HAMMZ, VA TOOBN, MD MURPH, MD SACRI, MD STOEN, PA Modena, PA (MXE) COPES, PA BIGGY, NJ Solberg, NJ (SBJ) JERSY, NJ DUEYS, NY BIZEX, NY GREKI, CT NELIE, CT SWALO, MA Boston, MA (BOS) COPLY, MA GA to COPLY, WP WP WP WP WP WP WP VORTAC MA [Amended] (Lat. 30°42′12.09″ (Lat. 31°52′00.46″ (Lat. 32°08′41.20″ (Lat. 32°54′42.21″ (Lat. 33°16′46.25″ (Lat. 34°18′41.66″ (Lat. 34°38′46.31″ (Lat. 36°02′44.49″ N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. 082°26′09.31″ 082°01′04.56″ 081°54′50.57″ 081°34′09.78″ 081°24′43.52″ 081°01′07.88″ 080°39′25.63″ 079°58′34.95″ W) W) W) W) W) W) W) W) WP FIX VORTAC (Lat. 36°14′52.55″ N, long. 079°47′39.93″ W) (Lat. 37°08′02.15″ N, long. 078°58′58.56″ W) (Lat. 38°00′48.96″ N, long. 078°09′10.90″ W) WP WP FIX FIX FIX VORTAC (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. FIX FIX VOR/DME (Lat. 40°07′50.57″ N, long. 075°22′36.37″ W) (Lat. 40°25′10.62″ N, long. 074°58′21.73″ W) (Lat. 40°34′58.95″ N, long. 074°44′30.45″ W) FIX FIX WP FIX FIX FIX VOR/DME (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. WP (Lat. 42°29′52.21″ N, long. 070°33′28.57″ W) 38°43′51.56″ 38°59′54.31″ 39°27′51.22″ 39°36′07.34″ 39°50′17.54″ 39°55′05.00″ 40°47′28.99″ 41°09′09.46″ 41°17′02.86″ 41°28′48.03″ 41°56′27.64″ 42°03′55.75″ 42°21′26.82″ N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. 077°19′59.85″ 076°59′25.83″ 076°23′07.24″ 076°10′24.70″ 075°47′54.92″ 075°40′14.96″ 074°23′58.00″ 073°47′48.52″ 073°34′50.20″ 073°18′50.98″ 072°41′18.88″ 072°11′37.10″ 070°59′22.37″ W) W) W) W) W) W) W) W) W) W) W) W) W) Q475 COPLY, MA to PERLU, Canada [Amended] COPLY, MA WP (Lat. 42°29′52.21″ N, long. 070°33′28.57″ W) SCUPP, OA FIX (Lat. 42°36′11.01″ N, long. 070°13′49.35″ W) CANAL, MA FIX (Lat. 42°40′08.51″ N, long. 070°01′21.76″ W) TUSKY, OA FIX (Lat. 43°33′54.00″ N, long. 067°00′00.00″ W) SCOTS, Can- WP (Lat. 44°30′00.00″ N, long. 064°00′00.00″ W) ada BITRA, Can- WP (Lat. 45°06′26.00″ N, long. 061°52′44.00″ W) ada PERLU, Can- WP (Lat. 47°17′25.00″ N, long. 054°02′46.00″ W) ada VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:14 Sep 24, 2019 Jkt 247001 50343 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\25SEP1.SGM 25SEP1 * * 50344 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 186 / Wednesday, September 25, 2019 / Proposed Rules Excluding the portion within Canada. * * * * * Issued in Washington, DC, on September 18, 2019. Scott M. Rosenbloom, Acting Manager, Airspace Policy Group. [FR Doc. 2019–20692 Filed 9–24–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2019–0729; Airspace Docket No. 19–AGL–12] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Amendment of Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes V–82, V–217, and T–383 in the Vicinity of Baudette, MN Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to amend two VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways, V–82 and V– 217, and one area navigation (RNAV) route, T–383. The FAA is proposing this action due to the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Baudette VOR/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) navigation aid (NAVAID). The Baudette VOR is being decommissioned in support of the FAA’s VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program. DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 12, 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–2019–0729; Airspace Docket No. 19–AGL–12 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. FAA Order 7400.11D, 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 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:14 Sep 24, 2019 Jkt 247001 Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.11D at NARA, email: fedreg.legal@nara.gov or go to https:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ ibr-locations.html. 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– 2019–0729; Airspace Docket No. 19– AGL–12) 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–2019–0729; Airspace Docket No. 19–AGL–12.’’ The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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 7400.11D, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 8, 2019, and effective September 15, 2019. FAA Order 7400.11D is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11D lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points. Background The FAA is planning to decommission the VOR portion of the Baudette, MN (BDE), VOR/DME in May 2020. The Baudette VOR was one 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 E:\FR\FM\25SEP1.SGM 25SEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 186 (Wednesday, September 25, 2019)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2019-0661; Airspace Docket No. 19-AEA-9]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Amendment of Area Navigation Routes Q-75 and Q-475, 
Northeast Corridor Atlantic Coast Routes; Northeastern United States

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to modify high altitude area navigation 
(RNAV) routes Q-75, and Q-475 in the northeastern United States. This 
action would support the Northeast Corridor Atlantic Coast Route (NEC 
ACR) Project. The modified routes were developed to improve the 
efficiency of the National Airspace System (NAS), expand the 
availability of area navigation (RNAV) routing, and reduce dependency 
of the NAS on ground-based navigational systems.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 12, 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-
2019-0661; Airspace Docket No. 19-AEA-9 at the beginning of your 
comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at http://www.regulations.gov.
    FAA Order 7400.11D, 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 7400.11D at NARA, email: 
[email protected] or go to http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Gallant, 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 expand the availability of area navigation routes 
in the NAS, increase

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airspace capacity, and reduce complexity in high air traffic volume 
areas.

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-2019-0661; Airspace Docket No. 19-AEA-9) 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-2019-0661; Airspace Docket No. 19-AEA-9.'' 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 NPRM's

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the 
internet at http://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking 
documents can also 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 Eastern Service Center, Federal 
Aviation Administration, Room 210, 1701 Columbia Ave., College Park, GA 
30337.

Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

    This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.11D, Airspace 
Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 8, 2019, and effective 
September 15, 2019. FAA Order 7400.11D is publicly available as listed 
in the ADDRESSES section of this proposed rule. FAA Order 7400.11D 
lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service 
routes, and reporting points.

Background

    The Northeast Corridor Atlantic Coast Route (NEC ACR) project 
developed Performance Based Navigation (PBN) routes involving the 
Washington, Boston, New York, and Jacksonville Air Route Traffic 
Control Centers (ARTCC). The proposed routes would enable aircraft to 
travel from most locations along the east coast of the United States 
mainland from Maine to Charleston, SC. The proposed NEC ACR routes 
would tie-in to the Florida Metroplex high altitude route structure 
that became effective on November 8, 2018 (83 FR 43750; August 28, 
2018) Docket No. FAA-2018-0437. This tie-in would enable more efficient 
direct routings between the U.S. east coast and Caribbean area 
locations. Additionally, the proposed routes would extend the 
availability of RNAV routing from the Boston, MA, area northeastward to 
the Newfoundland, Canada area.
    The proposed Q-routes would support the strategy to transition the 
NAS from a ground-based navigation aid and radar-based system to a 
satellite-based PBN system.

The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal 
Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to amend Q-routes Q-75 and Q-475, in the 
northeastern United States in support of the Northeast Corridor 
Atlantic Coast Route project.
    The proposed Q-route amendments are as follows:
    Q-75: Q-75 currently extends between the ENEME, GA, WP, and the 
Greensboro, NC, (GSO) VORTAC. As proposed, the route would be extended 
from the Greensboro, NC, VORTAC northeast to the COPLY, MA, WP 
(approximately 20 NM east of the Boston, MA, (BOS) VOR/DME). Between 
the Greensboro, NC, VORTAC and the COPLY WP, the following points would 
be added to the route: BROSK, NC, WP; DRAIK, VA, Fix; Gordonsville, VA, 
(GVE) VORTAC; HAMMZ, VA, WP; TOOBN, MD, WP; MURPH, MD, Fix; SACRI, MD, 
Fix ; STOEN, PA, Fix; Modena, PA, (MXE) VORTAC; COPES, PA, Fix; BIGGY, 
NJ, Fix; Solberg, NJ, (SBJ) VOR/DME; JERSY, NJ, Fix; DUEYS, NY, Fix; 
BIZEX, NY, WP; GREKI, CT, Fix; NELIE, CT, Fix; SWALO, MA, Fix; and the 
Boston, MA, (BOS) VOR/DME. This would provide RNAV routing between 
Greensboro, NC and the Boston, MA, area.
    Q-475: Q-475 currently extends between the TUSKY, OA, Fix and the 
PERLU, Canada, WP. This proposal would extend Q-475 from the TUSKY fix 
westward to the COPLY, MA, WP (located approximately 20 NM northeast of 
the Boston, MA, VOR/DME). The CANAL, MA, WP, and the SCUPP, OA, fix 
would be added between the TUSKY Fix and the COPLY WP.

    Note:  The Q-475 route description includes the SCUPP and TUSKY 
fixes located over international waters. In the route description, 
in place of a two-letter state abbreviation for the SCUPP and TUSKY 
fixes, ``OA,'' meaning ``Offshore Atlantic,'' is used.

    Full route descriptions of the proposed amended routes are listed 
in ``The Proposed Amendment'' section of this notice.
    The proposed amended routes in this notice would significantly 
expand the availability of high altitude RNAV routing along the eastern 
seaboard of the U.S. The project is designed to increase airspace 
capacity and reduce complexity in high volume areas through the use of 
optimized routes through congested airspace.
    RNAV routes are published in paragraph 2006 of FAA Order 7400.11D 
dated August 8, 2019, and effective September 15, 2019, which is 
incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The RNAV routes listed in 
this document would be subsequently published in the Order.
    FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is 
published yearly and effective on September 15.

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 
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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 7400.11D, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 8, 2019, and 
effective September 15, 2019, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 2006--United States Area Navigation Routes

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Q75 ENEME, GA to COPLY, MA [Amended]
 
ENEME, GA              WP                    (Lat. 30[deg]42'12.09'' N, long. 082[deg]26'09.31'' W)
TEUFL, GA              WP                    (Lat. 31[deg]52'00.46'' N, long. 082[deg]01'04.56'' W)
TEEEM, GA              WP                    (Lat. 32[deg]08'41.20'' N, long. 081[deg]54'50.57'' W)
SHRIL, GA              WP                    (Lat. 32[deg]54'42.21'' N, long. 081[deg]34'09.78'' W)
FISHO, SC              WP                    (Lat. 33[deg]16'46.25'' N, long. 081[deg]24'43.52'' W)
ILBEE, SC              WP                    (Lat. 34[deg]18'41.66'' N, long. 081[deg]01'07.88'' W)
SLOJO, SC              WP                    (Lat. 34[deg]38'46.31'' N, long. 080[deg]39'25.63'' W)
GREENSBORO, NC (GSO)   VORTAC                (Lat. 36[deg]02'44.49'' N, long. 079[deg]58'34.95'' W)
BROSK, NC              WP                    (Lat. 36[deg]14'52.55'' N, long. 079[deg]47'39.93'' W)
DRAIK, VA              FIX                   (Lat. 37[deg]08'02.15'' N, long. 078[deg]58'58.56'' W)
Gordonsville, VA       VORTAC                (Lat. 38[deg]00'48.96'' N, long. 078[deg]09'10.90'' W)
 (GVE)
HAMMZ, VA              WP                    (Lat. 38[deg]43'51.56'' N, long. 077[deg]19'59.85'' W)
TOOBN, MD              WP                    (Lat. 38[deg]59'54.31'' N, long. 076[deg]59'25.83'' W)
MURPH, MD              FIX                   (Lat. 39[deg]27'51.22'' N, long. 076[deg]23'07.24'' W)
SACRI, MD              FIX                   (Lat. 39[deg]36'07.34'' N, long. 076[deg]10'24.70'' W)
STOEN, PA              FIX                   (Lat. 39[deg]50'17.54'' N, long. 075[deg]47'54.92'' W)
Modena, PA (MXE)       VORTAC                (Lat. 39[deg]55'05.00'' N, long. 075[deg]40'14.96'' W)
COPES, PA              FIX                   (Lat. 40[deg]07'50.57'' N, long. 075[deg]22'36.37'' W)
BIGGY, NJ              FIX                   (Lat. 40[deg]25'10.62'' N, long. 074[deg]58'21.73'' W)
Solberg, NJ (SBJ)      VOR/DME               (Lat. 40[deg]34'58.95'' N, long. 074[deg]44'30.45'' W)
JERSY, NJ              FIX                   (Lat. 40[deg]47'28.99'' N, long. 074[deg]23'58.00'' W)
DUEYS, NY              FIX                   (Lat. 41[deg]09'09.46'' N, long. 073[deg]47'48.52'' W)
BIZEX, NY              WP                    (Lat. 41[deg]17'02.86'' N, long. 073[deg]34'50.20'' W)
GREKI, CT              FIX                   (Lat. 41[deg]28'48.03'' N, long. 073[deg]18'50.98'' W)
NELIE, CT              FIX                   (Lat. 41[deg]56'27.64'' N, long. 072[deg]41'18.88'' W)
SWALO, MA              FIX                   (Lat. 42[deg]03'55.75'' N, long. 072[deg]11'37.10'' W)
Boston, MA (BOS)       VOR/DME               (Lat. 42[deg]21'26.82'' N, long. 070[deg]59'22.37'' W)
COPLY, MA              WP                    (Lat. 42[deg]29'52.21'' N, long. 070[deg]33'28.57'' W)
 
Q475 COPLY, MA to PERLU, Canada [Amended]
 
COPLY, MA              WP                    (Lat. 42[deg]29'52.21'' N, long. 070[deg]33'28.57'' W)
SCUPP, OA              FIX                   (Lat. 42[deg]36'11.01'' N, long. 070[deg]13'49.35'' W)
CANAL, MA              FIX                   (Lat. 42[deg]40'08.51'' N, long. 070[deg]01'21.76'' W)
TUSKY, OA              FIX                   (Lat. 43[deg]33'54.00'' N, long. 067[deg]00'00.00'' W)
SCOTS, Canada          WP                    (Lat. 44[deg]30'00.00'' N, long. 064[deg]00'00.00'' W)
BITRA, Canada          WP                    (Lat. 45[deg]06'26.00'' N, long. 061[deg]52'44.00'' W)
PERLU, Canada          WP                    (Lat. 47[deg]17'25.00'' N, long. 054[deg]02'46.00'' W)
 


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    Excluding the portion within Canada.
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    Issued in Washington, DC, on September 18, 2019.
Scott M. Rosenbloom,
Acting Manager, Airspace Policy Group.
[FR Doc. 2019-20692 Filed 9-24-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-13-P