Proposed Amendment of VOR Federal Airways V-7, V-52, and V-178 in the Vicinity of Central City, KY, 3286-3288 [2020-00545]

Download as PDF 3286 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 13 / Tuesday, January 21, 2020 / Proposed Rules develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. This AD is issued in accordance with authority delegated by the Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, as authorized by FAA Order 8000.51C. In accordance with that order, issuance of ADs is normally a function of the Compliance and Airworthiness Division, but during this transition period, the Executive Director has delegated the authority to issue ADs applicable to engines, propellers, and associated appliances to the Manager, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, Policy and Innovation Division. Regulatory Findings The FAA has determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that the proposed regulation: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, (2) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2005–23–09, Amendment 39–14367 (70 FR 67901, November 9, 2005), and adding the following new AD: ■ General Electric Company: Docket No. FAA– 2019–0800; Product Identifier 2005–NE– 24–AD. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Jan 17, 2020 Jkt 250001 (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by March 6, 2020. (b) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2005–23–09, Amendment 39–14367 (70 FR 67901, November 9, 2005). (c) Applicability This AD applies to General Electric Company (GE) CF6–80E1A1, –80E1A2, –80E1A3, –80E1A4, and –80E1A4/B model turbofan engines. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 7230, Turbine Engine Compressor Section. 7132; fax: 781–238–7199; email: scott.m.stevenson@faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact General Electric Company, GE Aviation, Room 285, 1 Neumann Way, Cincinnati, OH 45215; phone: 513–552–3272; email: aviation.fleetsupport@ge.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238–7759. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on January 2, 2020. Robert J. Ganley, Manager, Engine & Propeller Standards Branch, Aircraft Certification Service. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by GE performing an updated lifing analysis on the highpressure compressor (HPC) case. Based on this analysis, GE found new locations on the case that require fluorescent penetrant inspection (FPI), identified a new inspection interval for the existing FPI location, and added another part-numbered HPC case that requires inspection. The FAA is issuing this AD to prevent failure of the HPC case. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in uncontained release of the HPC case, engine fire, and damage to the airplane. [FR Doc. 2020–00010 Filed 1–17–20; 8:45 am] (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. Proposed Amendment of VOR Federal Airways V–7, V–52, and V–178 in the Vicinity of Central City, KY (g) Required Actions Within 180 days after the effective date of this AD, replace TASK 05–21–02–200–001 in GE CF6–80E1 Engine Manual GEK99376 and the operator’s existing continuous airworthiness maintenance program with TASK 05–21–02–200–001, dated September 15, 2015, from the Airworthiness Limitations Section of GE CF6–80E1 Engine Manual GEK99376, Revision 48, dated September 15, 2019. (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. (i) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Scott Stevenson, Aerospace Engineer, ECO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238– PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0008; Airspace Docket No. 19–ASO–10] RIN 2120–AA66 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to amend three VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways, V–7, V– 52, and V–178, in the vicinity of Central City, KY. The modifications are necessary due to the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Central City, KY, VOR/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) navigation aid (NAVAID), which provides navigation guidance for portions of the affected air traffic service (ATS) routes. The Central City VOR is being decommissioned as part of the FAA’s VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program. DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 6, 2020. 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: (800) 647–5527, or (202) 366–9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2020– 0008; Airspace Docket No. 19–ASO–10 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21JAP1.SGM 21JAP1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 13 / Tuesday, January 21, 2020 / Proposed Rules FAA Order 7400.11D, 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 Rules and Regulations 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 https:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ ibr-locations.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colby Abbott, Rules and Regulations Group, Office of Policy, 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 route structure as necessary to preserve the safe and efficient flow of air traffic within the National Airspace System. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD 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– 2020–0008; Airspace Docket No. 19– ASO–10) and be submitted in triplicate to the Docket Management Facility (see VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Jan 17, 2020 Jkt 250001 ADDRESSES section for address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this action must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ‘‘Comments to FAA Docket No. FAA–2020–0008; Airspace Docket No. 19–ASO–10.’’ 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 https://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA’s web page at https:// 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. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 3287 Background The FAA is planning decommissioning activities for the VOR portion of the Central City, KY, VORTAC in July, 2020. Central City VOR is 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 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 portion of the Central City, KY, VORTAC NAVAID is planned for decommissioning, the co-located Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) is being retained. The ATS routes affected by the planned Central City VOR decommissioning are VOR Federal airways V–7, V–52, and V–178. With the planned decommissioning of the Central City VOR, the remaining ground-based NAVAID coverage in the area is insufficient to enable the continuity of the effected ATS routes. As such, proposed modifications to the affected VOR Federal Airways would result in gaps in the airways. To overcome the airway gaps, instrument flight rules (IFR) traffic could use adjacent ATS route segments, including V–4, V–5, V–5/513, V–11/47/305, V– 512, and area navigation route T–325, to circumnavigate the affected area. IFR traffic could also file point to point through the affected area using the existing airway fixes that will remain in place, as well as adjacent NAVAIDs, 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 by modifying VOR Federal Airways V–7, V–52, and V–178. The planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Central City, KY, VORTAC NAVAID has made this action necessary. The proposed VOR Federal airway changes are outlined below. V–7: V–7 currently extends between the Dolphin, FL, VORTAC and the Muscle Shoals, AL, VORTAC; and between the Central City, KY, VORTAC and the Sawyer, MI, VOR/DME. The airspace below 2,000 feet mean sea level (MSL) outside the United States is E:\FR\FM\21JAP1.SGM 21JAP1 3288 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 13 / Tuesday, January 21, 2020 / Proposed Rules jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS excluded and the portion outside the United States has no upper limit. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment overlying the Central City, KY, VORTAC between the Central City, KY, VORTAC and the Pocket City, IN, VORTAC. Concurrent changes to other portions of the airway are being proposed in separate NPRMs. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. V–52: V–18 currently extends between the Des Moines, IA, VORTAC and the Livingston, TN, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment overlying the Central City, KY, VORTAC between the Pocket City, IN, VORTAC and the Bowling Green, KY, VORTAC. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. V–178: V–178 currently extends between the Hallsville, MO, VORTAC and the Bluefield, WV, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment overlying the Central City, KY, VORTAC between the Cunningham, KY, VOR/DME and the New Hope, KY, VOR/DME. Concurrent changes to other portions of the airway are being proposed in separate NPRMs. 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 7400.11D dated August 8, 2019, and effective September 15, 2019, 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. 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 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Jan 17, 2020 Jkt 250001 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 V–178 [Amended] From Hallsville, MO; INT Hallsville 183° and Vichy, MO, 321° radials; Vichy; Farmington, MO; Cape Girardeau, MO; to Cunningham, KY. From New Hope, KY; Lexington, KY; to Bluefield, WV. 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 BILLING CODE 4910–13–P Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION The Proposed Amendment 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. [Amended] * * * Domestic VOR Federal * * V–7 [Amended] From Dolphin, FL; INT Dolphin 299° and Lee County, FL, 120° radials; Lee County; Lakeland, FL; Cross City, FL; Seminole, FL; Wiregrass, AL; INT Wiregrass 333° and Montgomery, AL, 129° radials; Montgomery; Vulcan, AL; to Muscle Shoals, AL. From Pocket City, IN; INT Pocket City 016° and Terre Haute, IN, 191° radials; Terre Haute; Boiler, IN; Chicago Heights, IL; INT Chicago Heights 358° and Falls, WI, 170° radials; Falls; Green Bay, WI; Menominee, MI; to Sawyer, MI. The airspace below 2,000 feet MSL outside the United States is excluded. The portion outside the United States has no upper limit. * * * * * V–52 [Amended] From Des Moines, IA; Ottumwa, IA; Quincy, IL; St. Louis, MO; Troy, IL; INT Troy 099° and Pocket City, IN, 311° radials; to Pocket City. From Bowling Green, KY; to Livingston, TN. * PO 00000 * * Frm 00016 * Fmt 4702 * Sfmt 4702 * * [FR Doc. 2020–00545 Filed 1–17–20; 8:45 am] 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0006; Airspace Docket No. 17–ASW–26] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Amendment of VOR Federal Airways V–17, V–18, V–62, V–94, V– 163, and V–568 in the Vicinity of Glen Rose, TX Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to amend six VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways, V–17, V–18, V– 62, V–94, V–163, and V–568, in the vicinity of Glen Rose, TX. The modifications are necessary due to the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Glen Rose, TX, VOR/ Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) navigation aid (NAVAID), which provides navigation guidance for portions of the affected air traffic service (ATS) routes. The Glen Rose VOR is being decommissioned as part of the FAA’s VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program. DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 6, 2020. 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: (800) 647–5527, or (202) 366–9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2020– 0006; Airspace Docket No. 17–ASW–26 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. FAA Order 7400.11D, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at https://www.faa.gov/ SUMMARY: 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 6010(a) Airways. * Federal Aviation Administration In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows: § 71.1 * Issued in Washington, DC, on January 7, 2020. Rodger A. Dean Jr., Manager, Rules and Regulations Group. E:\FR\FM\21JAP1.SGM 21JAP1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 13 (Tuesday, January 21, 2020)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 3286-3288]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-00545]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2020-0008; Airspace Docket No. 19-ASO-10]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Amendment of VOR Federal Airways V-7, V-52, and V-178 in 
the Vicinity of Central City, KY

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to amend three VHF Omnidirectional Range 
(VOR) Federal airways, V-7, V-52, and V-178, in the vicinity of Central 
City, KY. The modifications are necessary due to the planned 
decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Central City, KY, VOR/
Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) navigation aid (NAVAID), which 
provides navigation guidance for portions of the affected air traffic 
service (ATS) routes. The Central City VOR is being decommissioned as 
part of the FAA's VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 6, 2020.

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: 
(800) 647-5527, or (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. 
FAA-2020-0008; Airspace Docket No. 19-ASO-10 at the beginning of your 
comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov.

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    FAA Order 7400.11D, 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 
Rules and Regulations 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 https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colby Abbott, Rules and Regulations 
Group, Office of Policy, 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 route structure as necessary to 
preserve the safe and efficient flow of air traffic within the National 
Airspace System.

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-2020-0008; Airspace Docket No. 19-ASO-10) 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 https://www.regulations.gov.
    Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments 
on this action must submit with those comments a self-addressed, 
stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ``Comments 
to FAA Docket No. FAA-2020-0008; Airspace Docket No. 19-ASO-10.'' 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 https://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking 
documents can also be accessed through the FAA's web page at https://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 decommissioning activities for the VOR portion 
of the Central City, KY, VORTAC in July, 2020. Central City VOR is 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 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 portion of the 
Central City, KY, VORTAC NAVAID is planned for decommissioning, the co-
located Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) is being retained. The ATS 
routes affected by the planned Central City VOR decommissioning are VOR 
Federal airways V-7, V-52, and V-178.
    With the planned decommissioning of the Central City VOR, the 
remaining ground-based NAVAID coverage in the area is insufficient to 
enable the continuity of the effected ATS routes. As such, proposed 
modifications to the affected VOR Federal Airways would result in gaps 
in the airways. To overcome the airway gaps, instrument flight rules 
(IFR) traffic could use adjacent ATS route segments, including V-4, V-
5, V-5/513, V-11/47/305, V-512, and area navigation route T-325, to 
circumnavigate the affected area. IFR traffic could also file point to 
point through the affected area using the existing airway fixes that 
will remain in place, as well as adjacent NAVAIDs, 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 by modifying VOR Federal Airways V-7, V-
52, and V-178. The planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the 
Central City, KY, VORTAC NAVAID has made this action necessary. The 
proposed VOR Federal airway changes are outlined below.
    V-7: V-7 currently extends between the Dolphin, FL, VORTAC and the 
Muscle Shoals, AL, VORTAC; and between the Central City, KY, VORTAC and 
the Sawyer, MI, VOR/DME. The airspace below 2,000 feet mean sea level 
(MSL) outside the United States is

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excluded and the portion outside the United States has no upper limit. 
The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment overlying the Central 
City, KY, VORTAC between the Central City, KY, VORTAC and the Pocket 
City, IN, VORTAC. Concurrent changes to other portions of the airway 
are being proposed in separate NPRMs. The unaffected portions of the 
existing airway would remain as charted.
    V-52: V-18 currently extends between the Des Moines, IA, VORTAC and 
the Livingston, TN, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway 
segment overlying the Central City, KY, VORTAC between the Pocket City, 
IN, VORTAC and the Bowling Green, KY, VORTAC. The unaffected portions 
of the existing airway would remain as charted.
    V-178: V-178 currently extends between the Hallsville, MO, VORTAC 
and the Bluefield, WV, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway 
segment overlying the Central City, KY, VORTAC between the Cunningham, 
KY, VOR/DME and the New Hope, KY, VOR/DME. Concurrent changes to other 
portions of the airway are being proposed in separate NPRMs. 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 
7400.11D dated August 8, 2019, and effective September 15, 2019, 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.
    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 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 6010(a) Domestic VOR Federal Airways.

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V-7 [Amended]

    From Dolphin, FL; INT Dolphin 299[deg] and Lee County, FL, 
120[deg] radials; Lee County; Lakeland, FL; Cross City, FL; 
Seminole, FL; Wiregrass, AL; INT Wiregrass 333[deg] and Montgomery, 
AL, 129[deg] radials; Montgomery; Vulcan, AL; to Muscle Shoals, AL. 
From Pocket City, IN; INT Pocket City 016[deg] and Terre Haute, IN, 
191[deg] radials; Terre Haute; Boiler, IN; Chicago Heights, IL; INT 
Chicago Heights 358[deg] and Falls, WI, 170[deg] radials; Falls; 
Green Bay, WI; Menominee, MI; to Sawyer, MI. The airspace below 
2,000 feet MSL outside the United States is excluded. The portion 
outside the United States has no upper limit.
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V-52 [Amended]

    From Des Moines, IA; Ottumwa, IA; Quincy, IL; St. Louis, MO; 
Troy, IL; INT Troy 099[deg] and Pocket City, IN, 311[deg] radials; 
to Pocket City. From Bowling Green, KY; to Livingston, TN.
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V-178 [Amended]

    From Hallsville, MO; INT Hallsville 183[deg] and Vichy, MO, 
321[deg] radials; Vichy; Farmington, MO; Cape Girardeau, MO; to 
Cunningham, KY. From New Hope, KY; Lexington, KY; to Bluefield, WV.
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    Issued in Washington, DC, on January 7, 2020.
Rodger A. Dean Jr.,
Manager, Rules and Regulations Group.
[FR Doc. 2020-00545 Filed 1-17-20; 8:45 am]
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