Proposed Amendment of Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes J-6, Q-68, V-5, V-49, V-243, and T-325 in the Vicinity of Bowling Green, KY, 16585-16588 [2020-05863]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 57 / Tuesday, March 24, 2020 / Proposed Rules LBNON, NH ZIECH, VT DAVID, VT Montpelier, VT (MPV) CEVIB, VT POROE, VT Burlington, VT (BTV) * * * * 43°40′44.43″ 43°49′58.39″ 43°54′35.43″ 44°05′07.74″ 44°11′40.96″ 44°13′28.02″ 44°23′49.58″ N, N, N, N, N, N, N, long. long. long. long. long. long. long. 072°12′58.18″ 072°18′14.50″ 072°20′53.51″ 072°26′57.76″ 072°42′15.29″ 072°46′26.54″ 073°10′57.48″ W) W) W) W) W) W) W) T–395 Concord, NH (CON) to BRLIN, NH [New] Concord, NH (CON) VOR/DME (Lat. 43°13′11.23″ YECKA, NH FIX (Lat. 43°28′08.16″ GRUMP, NH FIX (Lat. 43°33′05.83″ LAROE, NH FIX (Lat. 43°44′58.72″ NOTTY, NH FIX (Lat. 44°01′57.29″ WYLIE, ME FIX (Lat. 44°14′36.30″ JOBBY, NH FIX (Lat. 44°24′34.54″ BRLIN, NH WP (Lat. 44°38′00.82″ N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. 071°34′31.63″ 071°26′13.93″ 071°23′27.86″ 071°16′47.95″ 071°07′11.43″ 070°59′57.84″ 071°04′43.11″ 071°11′10.32″ W) W) W) W) W) W) W) W) * Issued in Washington, DC, on March 11, 2020. Scott M. Rosenbloom, Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group. [FR Doc. 2020–05864 Filed 3–23–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0188; Airspace Docket No. 20–ASO–9] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Amendment of Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes J–6, Q–68, V–5, V–49, V–243, and T–325 in the Vicinity of Bowling Green, KY Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to amend one jet route, J–6; three VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways, V–5, V–49, and V–243; and two area navigation (RNAV) routes, Q–68 and T–325. The FAA is proposing this action due to the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Bowling Green, KY, VOR/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) navigation aid (NAVAID). The Bowling Green VOR is being decommissioned in support of the FAA’s VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program. DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 8, 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: lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:01 Mar 23, 2020 Jkt 250001 WP FIX FIX VOR/DME FIX FIX VOR/DME (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. 1(800) 647–5527, or (202) 366–9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2020–0188; Airspace Docket No. 20–ASO–9 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/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 PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 16585 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– 2020–0188; Airspace Docket No. 20– ASO–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 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–2020–0188; Airspace Docket No. 20–ASO–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. E:\FR\FM\24MRP1.SGM 24MRP1 16586 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 57 / Tuesday, March 24, 2020 / Proposed Rules 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. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with PROPOSALS Background The FAA is planning to decommission the VOR portion of the Bowling Green, KY (BWG), VORTAC in September 2020. The Bowling Green 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 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 Bowling Green VORTAC NAVAID is planned for decommissioning, the DME portion is being retained with the ‘‘BWG’’ identifier. The air traffic service (ATS) routes affected by the Bowling Green VOR decommissioning are jet route J–6; VOR Federal airways V–5, V– 49, and V–243; and RNAV route T–325. With the planned decommissioning of the Bowling Green VOR, the remaining ground-based NAVAID coverage in the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:01 Mar 23, 2020 Jkt 250001 area is insufficient to enable the continuity of J–6, V–5, V–49, and V–243 within the affected area. As such, the proposed modifications to J–6 and V–5 would result in gaps in the ATS routes. The proposed modifications to V–49 and V–243 would result in the V–49 airway segment north of the Nashville, TN, VORTAC and the V–243 airway segment north of the Choo Choo, TN, VORTAC being removed. To overcome the removal of the J–6, V–5, V–49, and V–243 route and airway segments, the FAA plans to retain the current fixes located along those route and airway segments to assist pilots and air traffic controllers already familiar with them, for navigation purposes. Additionally, the FAA proposes to extend RNAV route Q–68 between a new waypoint being established, named LITTR, near the Little Rock, AR, VORTAC and the Charleston, WV, VOR/ Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/ DME) NAVAID to overlay the J–6 routing being removed. Lastly, the Bowling Green, KY, DME facility is planned to be retained and charted in its current location as a DME facility with the ‘‘BWG’’ identifier. As such, the FAA proposes to retain T–325 as it is charted today by changing the Bowling Green, KY, VORTAC route point to reflect the Bowling Green, KY, DME route point. Instrument flight rules (IFR) traffic could use the extended Q–68 route segment in the enroute high altitude structure or existing adjacent ATS route segments (including V–4, V–11, V–47, V–51, V–140, V–513, and T–325) in the enroute low altitude structure, file point-to-point using the fixes that will remain in place, or receive air traffic control (ATC) radar vectors to continue operating through the affected area. Visual flight rules (VFR) pilots who elect to navigate via the airways through the affected area could also take advantage of the air traffic services previously listed. The Proposal The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to remove ATS route segments from J–6, V–5, V–49, and V– 243; extend RNAV route Q–68 to overlay the J–6 routing being removed; and redefine the RNAV route T–325 Bowling Green, KY, VORTAC route point. This proposal would also correct the location for the Choo Choo VORTAC to read Tennessee (TN). The planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Bowling Green, KY, VORTAC has made this action necessary. The proposed ATS route actions are described below. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 J–6: J–6 currently extends between the Salinas, CA, VORTAC and the Albany, NY, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the route segment between the Little Rock, AR, VORTAC and the Charleston, WV, VOR/DME. The unaffected portions of the existing route would remain as charted. Q–68: Q–68 currently extends between the Charleston, WV, VOR/DME and the OTTTO, VA, waypoint located near the Linden, VA, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to extend the route westward from the Charleston, WV, VOR/DME to a new waypoint, named LITTR, being established near the Little Rock, AR, VORTAC to overlay the J–6 routing proposed to be removed. The unaffected portions of the existing route would remain as charted. V–5: V–5 currently extends between the Pecan, GA, VOR/DME and the Appleton, OH, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment between the Choo Choo, TN, VORTAC and the New Hope, KY, VOR/DME. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. V–49: V–49 currently extends between the Vulcan, AL, VORTAC and the Mystic, KY, VOR. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment between the Nashville, TN, VORTAC and the Mystic, KY, VOR. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. V–243: V–243 currently extends between the Craig, FL, VORTAC and the Bowling Green, KY, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment between the Choo Choo, TN, VORTAC and the Bowling Green, KY, VORTAC. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. T–325: T–325 currently extends between the Bowling Green, KY, VORTAC and the Terre Haute, IN, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to change the Bowling Green, KY (BWG), route point from being listed as a ‘‘VORTAC’’ to a ‘‘DME’’. Additionally, the Bowling Green, KY, ‘‘BWG’’ identifier and Terre Haute, IN, ‘‘TTH’’ identifier are added to the first line of the route description and the geographic coordinates of each route point are updated to be expressed in degrees, minutes, seconds, and hundredths of a second. The existing RNAV route would remain as charted. The NAVAID radials listed in the airway descriptions below are unchanged and stated in True degrees. Jet routes are published in paragraph 2004, RNAV Q-routes are published in paragraph 2006, VOR Federal airways are published in paragraph 6010(a), and RNAV T-routes are published in paragraph 6011 of FAA Order 7400.11D dated August 8, 2019, and effective E:\FR\FM\24MRP1.SGM 24MRP1 16587 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 57 / Tuesday, March 24, 2020 / Proposed Rules promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. September 15, 2019, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The ATS 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. Environmental Review 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 * * * Paragraph 6010(a) Airways. * * * * Domestic VOR Federal * V–5 [Amended] From Pecan, GA; Vienna, GA; Dublin, GA; Athens, GA; INT Athens 340° and Electric City, SC, 274° radials; INT Electric City 274° [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 2004 Jet Routes. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 * * Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). J–6 [Amended] 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: ■ VA [Amended] WP FIX DME FIX FIX VOR/DME WP WP WP WP WP (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. 34°40′39.90″ 36°08′37.48″ 36°55′43.47″ 37°39′14.79″ 38°11′36.56″ 38°20′58.83″ 38°34′42.49″ 38°33′16.08″ 38°38′01.96″ 38°51′13.13″ 38°51′15.81″ N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. * * * * * * * * * * lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with PROPOSALS 17:01 Mar 23, 2020 Jkt 250001 * Paragraph 2006 United States Area Navigation Routes. * * 092°10′49.26″ 088°33′47.95″ 086°26′36.36″ 084°09′22.45″ 082°19′28.69″ 081°46′11.69″ 080°36′41.09″ 080°07′56.63″ 079°41′33.22″ 078°22′27.45″ 078°12′20.01″ * * W) W) W) W) W) W) W) W) W) W) W) V–243 [Amended] From Craig, FL; Waycross, GA; Vienna, GA; LaGrange, GA; INT LaGrange 342° and Choo Choo, TN, 189° radials; to Choo Choo. V–49 [Amended] * From Vulcan, AL; Decatur, AL; to Nashville, TN. Paragraph 6011 United States Area Navigation Routes. * * * * * * * * * * T–325 Bowling Green, KY (BWG) to Terre Haute, IN (TTH) [Amended] Bowling Green, KY (BWG) DME (Lat. 36°55′43.47″ N, long. 086°26′36.36″ W) RENRO, KY WP (Lat. 37°28′50.53″ N, long. 086°39′19.25″ W) LOONE, KY WP (Lat. 37°44′14.43″ N, long. 086°45′18.02″ W) APALO, IN WP (Lat. 38°00′20.59″ N, long. 086°51′35.27″ W) BUNKA, IN WP (Lat. 39°04′57.32″ N, long. 087°09′06.58″ W) Terre Haute, IN (TTH) VORTAC (Lat. 39°29′20.19″ N, long. 087°14′56.45″ W) VerDate Sep<11>2014 * From Salinas, CA; INT Salinas 145° and Avenal, CA, 292° radials; Avenal; INT Avenal 119° and Palmdale, CA, 310° radials; Palmdale; Hector, CA; Needles, CA; Drake, AZ; Zuni, AZ; Albuquerque, NM; Tucumcari, NM; Panhandle, TX; Will Rogers, OK; to Little Rock, AR. From Charleston, WV; INT Charleston 076° and Martinsburg, WV, 243° radials; Martinsburg; Lancaster, PA; Broadway, NJ; Sparta, NJ; to Albany, NY. * and Choo Choo, TN, 127° radials; to Choo Choo. From New Hope, KY; Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH; to Appleton, OH. * * § 71.1 ■ 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. Q–68 LITTR, AR to OTTTO, LITTR, AR SOPIE, TN Bowling Green, KY YOCKY, KY SPAYD, WV CHARLESTON, WV (HVQ) TOMCA, WV RONZZ, WV HHOLZ, WV CAPOE, VA OTTTO, VA * 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. PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\24MRP1.SGM 24MRP1 * * * * 16588 * * Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 57 / Tuesday, March 24, 2020 / Proposed Rules * * * Issued in Washington, DC, on March 11, 2020. Scott M. Rosenbloom, Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group. [FR Doc. 2020–05863 Filed 3–23–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA–R09–OAR–2020–0079; FRL–10006– 51–Region 9] Air Plan Approval; California; San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVUAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOX) and particulate matter (PM) from off-road mobile, diesel agricultural equipment. We are proposing to approve a local measure to reduce NOX and PM emissions from SUMMARY: these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action. DATES: Any comments must arrive by April 23, 2020. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–R09– OAR–2020–0079 at https:// www.regulations.gov. For comments submitted at Regulations.gov, follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed from Regulations.gov. The EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. The EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e., on the web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, please contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. For the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit https://www.epa.gov/dockets/ commenting-epa-dockets. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rynda Kay, EPA Region IX, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, (415) 947–4118, kay.rynda@ epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Throughout this document, ‘‘we,’’ ‘‘us’’ and ‘‘our’’ refer to the EPA. Table of Contents I. The State’s Submittal A. What measure did the State submit? B. Are there other versions of this measure? C. What is the purpose of the submitted measure? II. The EPA’s Evaluation and Proposed Action A. How is the EPA evaluating the measure? B. Does the measure meet the evaluation criteria? C. Proposed Action and Request for Public Comment III. Incorporation by Reference IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews I. The State’s Submittal A. What measure did the State submit? Table 1 lists the measure addressed by this proposal with the date that it was adopted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). We refer to this measure as the ‘‘Valley Incentive Measure.’’ TABLE 1—SUBMITTED MEASURE Agency Resolution No. CARB ................ 19–26 Measure title ‘‘San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Equipment Incentive Measure,’’ as amended by ‘‘Additional Clarifying Information for the San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Equipment Incentive Measure.’’ We find that the submittal for the Valley Incentive Measure meets the completeness criteria in 40 CFR part 51 Appendix V, which must be met before formal EPA review. B. Are there other versions of this measure? There are no previous versions of the Valley Incentive Measure in the SIP. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with PROPOSALS C. What is the purpose of the submitted measure? Emissions of NOX contribute to ground-level ozone, smog and particular matter, which harm human health and the environment. Emissions of PM, including PM equal to or less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5) and PM equal to or less than 10 microns in diameter (PM10), contribute to effects that are harmful to human health and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:01 Mar 23, 2020 Adopted Jkt 250001 the environment, including premature mortality, aggravation of respiratory and cardiovascular disease, decreased lung function, visibility impairment, and damage to vegetation and ecosystems. The CAA generally requires states to submit control measures to reduce NOX and PM emissions. The San Joaquin Valley is designated and classified as a Serious nonattainment area for the 1997 annual and 24-hour PM2.5 standards and the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 standards, and designated and classified as a Moderate nonattainment area for the 2012 annual PM2.5 standard.1 On May 10, 2019, CARB submitted the ‘‘2018 Plan for the 1997, 2006, and 2012 PM2.5 Standards,’’ adopted November 15, 2018 (‘‘2018 PM2.5 Plan’’) and the ‘‘San Joaquin 1 40 PO 00000 CFR 81.305. Frm 00017 Fmt 4702 02/11/20 Valley Supplement to the 2016 State Strategy for the State Implementation Plan,’’ adopted October 25, 2018 (‘‘Valley State SIP Strategy’’), which contain, inter alia, a request to extend the attainment deadline for the 2006 PM2.5 standards from 2019 to 2024 in the San Joaquin Valley and commitments to achieve specific amounts of PM2.5 and NOX emission reductions by 2024 and 2025 toward attainment requirements for the 2006 24-hour and the 2012 annual PM2.5 standards, respectively.2 The Valley Incentive Measure contains a set of enforceable commitments by CARB to monitor, assess, and regularly report on emission reductions from off-road mobile, diesel agricultural equipment replacement 2 2018 Sfmt 4702 12/12/19 Submitted E:\FR\FM\24MRP1.SGM PM2.5 Plan, 6–2. 24MRP1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 57 (Tuesday, March 24, 2020)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-05863]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2020-0188; Airspace Docket No. 20-ASO-9]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Amendment of Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes J-6, Q-68, 
V-5, V-49, V-243, and T-325 in the Vicinity of Bowling Green, KY

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to amend one jet route, J-6; three VHF 
Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways, V-5, V-49, and V-243; and 
two area navigation (RNAV) routes, Q-68 and T-325. The FAA is proposing 
this action due to the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of 
the Bowling Green, KY, VOR/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) navigation 
aid (NAVAID). The Bowling Green VOR is being decommissioned in support 
of the FAA's VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 8, 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: 
1(800) 647-5527, or (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. 
FAA-2020-0188; Airspace Docket No. 20-ASO-9 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/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 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-2020-0188; Airspace Docket No. 20-ASO-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 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-2020-0188; Airspace Docket No. 20-ASO-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.

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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 to decommission the VOR portion of the Bowling 
Green, KY (BWG), VORTAC in September 2020. The Bowling Green 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 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 
Bowling Green VORTAC NAVAID is planned for decommissioning, the DME 
portion is being retained with the ``BWG'' identifier. The air traffic 
service (ATS) routes affected by the Bowling Green VOR decommissioning 
are jet route J-6; VOR Federal airways V-5, V-49, and V-243; and RNAV 
route T-325.
    With the planned decommissioning of the Bowling Green VOR, the 
remaining ground-based NAVAID coverage in the area is insufficient to 
enable the continuity of J-6, V-5, V-49, and V-243 within the affected 
area. As such, the proposed modifications to J-6 and V-5 would result 
in gaps in the ATS routes. The proposed modifications to V-49 and V-243 
would result in the V-49 airway segment north of the Nashville, TN, 
VORTAC and the V-243 airway segment north of the Choo Choo, TN, VORTAC 
being removed.
    To overcome the removal of the J-6, V-5, V-49, and V-243 route and 
airway segments, the FAA plans to retain the current fixes located 
along those route and airway segments to assist pilots and air traffic 
controllers already familiar with them, for navigation purposes. 
Additionally, the FAA proposes to extend RNAV route Q-68 between a new 
waypoint being established, named LITTR, near the Little Rock, AR, 
VORTAC and the Charleston, WV, VOR/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/
DME) NAVAID to overlay the J-6 routing being removed. Lastly, the 
Bowling Green, KY, DME facility is planned to be retained and charted 
in its current location as a DME facility with the ``BWG'' identifier. 
As such, the FAA proposes to retain T-325 as it is charted today by 
changing the Bowling Green, KY, VORTAC route point to reflect the 
Bowling Green, KY, DME route point.
    Instrument flight rules (IFR) traffic could use the extended Q-68 
route segment in the enroute high altitude structure or existing 
adjacent ATS route segments (including V-4, V-11, V-47, V-51, V-140, V-
513, and T-325) in the enroute low altitude structure, file point-to-
point using the fixes that will remain in place, or receive air traffic 
control (ATC) radar vectors to continue operating through the affected 
area. Visual flight rules (VFR) pilots who elect to navigate via the 
airways through the affected area could also take advantage of the air 
traffic services previously listed.

The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal 
Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to remove ATS route segments from J-6, V-
5, V-49, and V-243; extend RNAV route Q-68 to overlay the J-6 routing 
being removed; and redefine the RNAV route T-325 Bowling Green, KY, 
VORTAC route point. This proposal would also correct the location for 
the Choo Choo VORTAC to read Tennessee (TN). The planned 
decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Bowling Green, KY, VORTAC has 
made this action necessary. The proposed ATS route actions are 
described below.
    J-6: J-6 currently extends between the Salinas, CA, VORTAC and the 
Albany, NY, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the route segment 
between the Little Rock, AR, VORTAC and the Charleston, WV, VOR/DME. 
The unaffected portions of the existing route would remain as charted.
    Q-68: Q-68 currently extends between the Charleston, WV, VOR/DME 
and the OTTTO, VA, waypoint located near the Linden, VA, VORTAC. The 
FAA proposes to extend the route westward from the Charleston, WV, VOR/
DME to a new waypoint, named LITTR, being established near the Little 
Rock, AR, VORTAC to overlay the J-6 routing proposed to be removed. The 
unaffected portions of the existing route would remain as charted.
    V-5: V-5 currently extends between the Pecan, GA, VOR/DME and the 
Appleton, OH, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment 
between the Choo Choo, TN, VORTAC and the New Hope, KY, VOR/DME. The 
unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted.
    V-49: V-49 currently extends between the Vulcan, AL, VORTAC and the 
Mystic, KY, VOR. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment between 
the Nashville, TN, VORTAC and the Mystic, KY, VOR. The unaffected 
portions of the existing airway would remain as charted.
    V-243: V-243 currently extends between the Craig, FL, VORTAC and 
the Bowling Green, KY, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway 
segment between the Choo Choo, TN, VORTAC and the Bowling Green, KY, 
VORTAC. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as 
charted.
    T-325: T-325 currently extends between the Bowling Green, KY, 
VORTAC and the Terre Haute, IN, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to change the 
Bowling Green, KY (BWG), route point from being listed as a ``VORTAC'' 
to a ``DME''. Additionally, the Bowling Green, KY, ``BWG'' identifier 
and Terre Haute, IN, ``TTH'' identifier are added to the first line of 
the route description and the geographic coordinates of each route 
point are updated to be expressed in degrees, minutes, seconds, and 
hundredths of a second. The existing RNAV route would remain as 
charted.
    The NAVAID radials listed in the airway descriptions below are 
unchanged and stated in True degrees.
    Jet routes are published in paragraph 2004, RNAV Q-routes are 
published in paragraph 2006, VOR Federal airways are published in 
paragraph 6010(a), and RNAV T-routes are published in paragraph 6011 of 
FAA Order 7400.11D dated August 8, 2019, and effective

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September 15, 2019, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. 
The ATS 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 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

0
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]

0
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 2004 Jet Routes.

* * * * *

J-6 [Amended]

    From Salinas, CA; INT Salinas 145[deg] and Avenal, CA, 292[deg] 
radials; Avenal; INT Avenal 119[deg] and Palmdale, CA, 310[deg] 
radials; Palmdale; Hector, CA; Needles, CA; Drake, AZ; Zuni, AZ; 
Albuquerque, NM; Tucumcari, NM; Panhandle, TX; Will Rogers, OK; to 
Little Rock, AR. From Charleston, WV; INT Charleston 076[deg] and 
Martinsburg, WV, 243[deg] radials; Martinsburg; Lancaster, PA; 
Broadway, NJ; Sparta, NJ; to Albany, NY.
* * * * *

Paragraph 2006 United States Area Navigation Routes.

* * * * *

Q-68 LITTR, AR to OTTTO, VA [Amended]
 
LITTR, AR                                        WP                           (Lat. 34[deg]40'39.90'' N, long. 092[deg]10'49.26'' W)
SOPIE, TN                                        FIX                          (Lat. 36[deg]08'37.48'' N, long. 088[deg]33'47.95'' W)
Bowling Green, KY                                DME                          (Lat. 36[deg]55'43.47'' N, long. 086[deg]26'36.36'' W)
YOCKY, KY                                        FIX                          (Lat. 37[deg]39'14.79'' N, long. 084[deg]09'22.45'' W)
SPAYD, WV                                        FIX                          (Lat. 38[deg]11'36.56'' N, long. 082[deg]19'28.69'' W)
CHARLESTON, WV (HVQ)                             VOR/DME                      (Lat. 38[deg]20'58.83'' N, long. 081[deg]46'11.69'' W)
TOMCA, WV                                        WP                           (Lat. 38[deg]34'42.49'' N, long. 080[deg]36'41.09'' W)
RONZZ, WV                                        WP                           (Lat. 38[deg]33'16.08'' N, long. 080[deg]07'56.63'' W)
HHOLZ, WV                                        WP                           (Lat. 38[deg]38'01.96'' N, long. 079[deg]41'33.22'' W)
CAPOE, VA                                        WP                           (Lat. 38[deg]51'13.13'' N, long. 078[deg]22'27.45'' W)
OTTTO, VA                                        WP                           (Lat. 38[deg]51'15.81'' N, long. 078[deg]12'20.01'' W)
 

* * * * *

Paragraph 6010(a) Domestic VOR Federal Airways.

* * * * *

V-5 [Amended]

    From Pecan, GA; Vienna, GA; Dublin, GA; Athens, GA; INT Athens 
340[deg] and Electric City, SC, 274[deg] radials; INT Electric City 
274[deg] and Choo Choo, TN, 127[deg] radials; to Choo Choo. From New 
Hope, KY; Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH; to Appleton, OH.
* * * * *

V-49 [Amended]

    From Vulcan, AL; Decatur, AL; to Nashville, TN.
* * * * *

V-243 [Amended]

    From Craig, FL; Waycross, GA; Vienna, GA; LaGrange, GA; INT 
LaGrange 342[deg] and Choo Choo, TN, 189[deg] radials; to Choo Choo.
* * * * *

Paragraph 6011 United States Area Navigation Routes.

* * * * *

T-325 Bowling Green, KY (BWG) to Terre Haute, IN (TTH) [Amended]
 
Bowling Green, KY (BWG)                          DME                          (Lat. 36[deg]55'43.47'' N, long. 086[deg]26'36.36'' W)
RENRO, KY                                        WP                           (Lat. 37[deg]28'50.53'' N, long. 086[deg]39'19.25'' W)
LOONE, KY                                        WP                           (Lat. 37[deg]44'14.43'' N, long. 086[deg]45'18.02'' W)
APALO, IN                                        WP                           (Lat. 38[deg]00'20.59'' N, long. 086[deg]51'35.27'' W)
BUNKA, IN                                        WP                           (Lat. 39[deg]04'57.32'' N, long. 087[deg]09'06.58'' W)
Terre Haute, IN (TTH)                            VORTAC                       (Lat. 39[deg]29'20.19'' N, long. 087[deg]14'56.45'' W)
 


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    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 11, 2020.
Scott M. Rosenbloom,
Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group.
[FR Doc. 2020-05863 Filed 3-23-20; 8:45 am]
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