Proposed Amendment, Establishment, and Revocation of Multiple Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes in the Vicinity of Henderson, WV, 70093-70096 [2020-24288]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 214 / Wednesday, November 4, 2020 / Proposed Rules Order 7400.11E, dated July 21, 2020, and effective September 15, 2020, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently 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 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. 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: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS ■ 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] 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Nov 03, 2020 Jkt 253001 * * * * * ANE ME E5 Calais, ME [New] Calais Regional Heliport, ME (Lat. 45°10′37″ N, long. 67°16′5″ W) That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface of the earth within a 6-mile radius of Calais Regional Heliport. Issued in College Park, Georgia, on October 29, 2020. Matthew N. Cathcart, Manager, Airspace & Procedures Team North, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic Organization. [FR Doc. 2020–24383 Filed 11–3–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0923; Airspace Docket No. 20–AEA–18] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Amendment, Establishment, and Revocation of Multiple Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes in the Vicinity of Henderson, WV Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The Proposed Amendment In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows: ■ Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward from 700 Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth. AGENCY: Lists of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). § 71.1 effective September 15, 2020, is amended as follows: This action proposes to amend Jet Route J–134, Area Navigation (RNAV) route Q–67, and VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways V–45 and V–119; establish RNAV route Q–176; and remove Jet Route J–91 and VOR Federal airway V– 174 in the vicinity of Henderson, WV. The Air Traffic Service (ATS) route modifications are necessary due to the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Henderson, WV, VOR/ Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) navigation aid (NAVAID). The NAVAID provides navigation guidance for portions of the affected air traffic service (ATS) routes. The VOR is being decommissioned as part of the FAA’s VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program. DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 21, 2020. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 70093 Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: (800) 647–5527, or (202) 366–9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2020– 0923; Airspace Docket No. 20–AEA–18 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. FAA Order 7400.11E, 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 7400.11E 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 (NAS). 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 E:\FR\FM\04NOP1.SGM 04NOP1 70094 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 214 / Wednesday, November 4, 2020 / Proposed Rules khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers (FAA Docket No. FAA– 2020–0923; Airspace Docket No. 20– AEA–18) 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–2020–0923; Airspace Docket No. 20–AEA–18.’’ 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 Parkway, Fort Worth, TX, 76177. Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and effective September 15, 2020. FAA Order VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Nov 03, 2020 Jkt 253001 7400.11E is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11E 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 Henderson, WV, VORTAC in June 2021. The VOR portion of the Henderson, WV, VORTAC is a candidate VOR identified for discontinuance by the FAA’s VOR MON program and listed in the final policy statement notice, ‘‘Provision of Navigation Services for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Transition to PerformanceBased Navigation (PBN) (Plan for Establishing a VOR Minimum Operational Network),’’ published in the Federal Register of July 26, 2016 (81 FR 48694), Docket No. FAA–2011–1082. Although the VOR portion of the Henderson VORTAC is planned for decommissioning, the co-located DME portion of the NAVAID is being retained. The existing ATS route dependencies to the Henderson, WV, VORTAC NAVAID are Jet Routes J–91 and J–134, and VOR Federal airways V–45, V–119, and V–174. With the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Henderson, WV, VORTAC, the remaining ground-based NAVAID coverage in the area is insufficient to enable the continuity of the affected Jet Routes and VOR Federal airways. As such, proposed modifications to the affected Jet Routes would result in the removal of a route segment at the end of one of the routes (J–134) and in the removal of the other route (J–91). The proposed modifications to the affected VOR Federal airways would result in an increased gap in one of the airways (V– 45), the removal of an affected airway segment at the beginning of another airway (V–119), and the removal of the remaining airway (V–174). To overcome the loss of two ATS routes, the increased gap in another route, and the loss of route segments at the beginning and end of the other ATS routes, instrument flight rules (IFR) traffic could use adjacent ATS routes, including Jet Routes J–6, J–24, J–85, and J–145; RNAV routes Q–67, Q–68, Q–71, Q–80, and Q–145; and VOR Federal airways V–4, V–35, V–38, V–44, V–115, V–128, V–133, and V–309, or receive air traffic control (ATC) radar vectors to fly through or circumnavigate the affected area. Additionally, IFR pilots equipped with RNAV PBN capabilities could also PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 navigate point to point using the existing fixes that will remain in place to support continued operations though 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 adjacent VOR Federal airways or ATC services listed previously. Further, the FAA proposes to retain RNAV route Q–67 as it is charted today, but change the ending route point from the DARYN, WV, waypoint (WP) to the Henderson, WV, DME. The Henderson DME is located approximately 1 nautical mile southwest and just short of the DARYN WP on Q–67. Changing the ending route point from the DARYN WP to the Henderson DME would overlay the Q–67 route segment between the TONIO, KY, FIX and the Henderson DME on the J–91 routing proposed to be removed. Lastly, the FAA proposes to establish RNAV route Q–176 between the Cimarron, NM, VORTAC and the OTTTO, VA, WP. This Q-route would be a direct overlay of Jet Route J–134 and mitigate the loss of the J–134 route segment affected by the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Henderson, WV, VORTAC. Additionally, establishing Q–176 would provide RNAV routing capability from the Cimarron, NM, area eastward to the Front Royal, VA, area; as well as, support ongoing FAA NextGen efforts to transition the NAS to performancebased navigation. The Proposal The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by modifying Jet Route J–134, RNAV route Q–67, and VOR Federal airways V–45 and V–119; establishing RNAV route Q–176; and removing Jet Route J–91 and VOR Federal airway V–174. The planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Henderson, WV, VORTAC has made this action necessary. The proposed Jet Route changes are outlined below. J–91: J–91 currently extends between the Volunteer, TN, VORTAC and the Henderson, KY, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the route in its entirety. J–134: J–134 currently extends between the Los Angeles, CA, VORTAC and the Linden, VA, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment overlying the Henderson, KY, VORTAC between the Falmouth, KY, VOR/ Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/ DME) and the Linden, VA, VORTAC. The unaffected portions of the existing route would remain as charted. E:\FR\FM\04NOP1.SGM 04NOP1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 214 / Wednesday, November 4, 2020 / Proposed Rules The proposed RNAV route changes are outlined below. Q–67: Q–67 currently extends between the SMTTH, TN, WP and the DARYN, WV, WP. The FAA proposes to change the route end point from the DARYN, WV, WP to the Henderson, WV, DME (located approximately 1 nautical mile southwest of the DARYN WP), and reduce the number of route points listed in the description while retaining the route as charted. The route would continue to provide RNAV routing capability from the Knoxville, TN, area northeastward to the Henderson, WV, area. The proposed new RNAV route is outlined below. Q–176: Q–176 is a proposed new route that would extend between the Cimarron, NM, VORTAC and the OTTTO, VA, WP. This RNAV route would mitigate the loss of the J–134 route segment proposed to be removed between the Falmouth, KY, VOR/DME and the Linden, VA, VORTAC and would be a direct overlay of the existing J–134. Additionally, it would provide RNAV routing capability from the Cimarron, NM, area eastward to the Front Royal, VA, area. The proposed VOR Federal airway changes are outlined below. V–45: V–45 currently extends between the New Bern, NC, VOR/DME and the Appleton, OH, VORTAC; and between the Saginaw, MI, VOR/DME and the Sault Ste Marie, MI, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment overlying the Henderson, WV, VORTAC between the Charleston, WV, VOR/DME and the Appleton, OH, VORTAC. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. V–119: V–119 currently extends between the Henderson, WV, VORTAC and the Clarion, PA, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment overlying the Henderson, WV, VORTAC between the Henderson, WV, VORTAC and the Parkersburg, WV, VOR/DME. Additional changes to other portions of the airway have been proposed in a separate NPRM. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. V–174: V–174 currently extends between the York, KY, VORTAC and the Elkins, WV, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway in its entirety. All NAVAID radials in the VOR Federal airway descriptions below are unchanged and stated in True degrees. Jet Routes are published in paragraph 2004, United States RNAV Q-routes are published in paragraph 2006, and VOR Federal airways are published in paragraph 6010(a) of FAA Order 7400.11E dated July 21, 2020, and effective September 15, 2020, 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 1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959–1963 Comp., p. 389. § 71.1 [Amended] 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and effective September 15, 2020, is amended as follows: ■ Paragraph 2004 Jet Routes. * * * * * * * J–91 [Removed] * * * J–134 [Amended] From Los Angeles, CA; Seal Beach, CA; Thermal, CA; Parker, CA; Drake, AZ; Gallup, NM; Cimarron, NM; Liberal, KS; Wichita, KS; Butler, MO; St Louis, MO; to Falmouth, KY. * * * * khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS SMTTH, TN WP (Lat. 35°54′41.57″ N, long. 084°00′19.74″ W) TONIO, KY Henderson, WV (HNN) FIX DME (Lat. 37°15′15.20″ N, long. 083°01′47.53″ W) (Lat. 38°45′14.85″ N, long. 082°01′34.20″ W) * * Q–176 Cimarron, NM (CIM) to OTTTO, VA [New] VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Nov 03, 2020 * * * * VORTAC (Lat. 36°29′29.03″ N, long. 104°52′19.20″ W) KENTO, NM Liberal, KS (LBL) WP VORTAC (Lat. 36°44′19.10″ N, long. 103°05′57.13″ W) (Lat. 37°02′39.82″ N, long. 100°58′16.31″ W) PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 * * Cimarron, NM (CIM) Jkt 253001 * * Paragraph 2006 United States Area Navigation Routes. Q–67 SMTTH, TN to Henderson, WV (HNN) [Amended] * 70095 E:\FR\FM\04NOP1.SGM 04NOP1 * * 70096 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 214 / Wednesday, November 4, 2020 / Proposed Rules Wichita, KS (ICT) Butler, MO (BUM) St Louis, MO (STL) GBEES, IN BICKS, KY Henderson, WV (HNN) OTTTO, VA * VORTAC (Lat. 37°44′42.92″ N, long. 097°35′01.79″ W) VORTAC (Lat. 38°16′19.49″ N, long. 094°29′17.74″ W) VORTAC (Lat. 38°51′38.48″ N, long. 090°28′56.52″ W) FIX WP DME (Lat. 38°41′54.72″ N, long. 085°10′13.03″ W) (Lat. 38°38′29.92″ N, long. 084°25′20.82″ W) (Lat. 38°45′14.85″ N, long. 082°01′34.20″ W) WP (Lat. 38°51′15.81″ N, long. 078°12′20.01″ W) * * * * * * * * * V–45 [Amended] From New Bern, NC; Kinston, NC; RaleighDurham, NC; INT Raleigh-Durham 275° and Greensboro, NC, 105° radials; Greensboro; INT Greensboro 334° and Pulaski, VA, 147° radials; Pulaski; Bluefield, WV; to Charleston, WV. From Saginaw, MI; Alpena, MI; to Sault Ste Marie, MI. * * * * * V–119 [Amended] From Parkersburg, WV; INT Parkersburg 067° and Indian Head, PA, 254°radials; Indian Head; to Clarion, PA. * * V–174 * * * * [Removed] * * * * Issued in Washington, DC, on October 29, 2020. George Gonzalez, Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group. [FR Doc. 2020–24288 Filed 11–3–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0500; Airspace Docket No. 20–AGL–9] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Amendment of V–221 and V– 305 in the Vicinity of Bloomington, IN Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); withdrawal. AGENCY: The FAA is withdrawing the NPRM published in the Federal Register on June 26, 2020, proposing to amend VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways V–221 and V– 305 due to the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Hoosier, IN, VOR/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) in support of the FAA’s VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program. Subsequent to khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Nov 03, 2020 Jkt 253001 the NPRM, the FAA reviewed the Hoosier VOR decommissioning project and determined additional planning meetings are necessary to ensure a more efficient implementation and integration with other ongoing program activities, and determined that withdrawal of the proposed rule is warranted. DATES: Effective as of 0901 UTC, November 4, 2020, the proposed rule published June 26, 2020 (85 FR 38343), is withdrawn. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colby Abbott, Airspace Rules and Regulations, Office of Policy, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: History The FAA published a NPRM in the Federal Register for Docket No. FAA– 2020–0500 (85 FR 38343; June 26, 2020). The NPRM proposed to amend VOR Federal airways V–221 and V–305 in the vicinity of Bloomington, IN, due to the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Hoosier, IN, VORTAC navigation aid which provides navigation guidance for portions of the affected airways. Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal. No comments were received. FAA’s Conclusions The FAA has reviewed the Hoosier VOR decommissioning project and determined that additional planning meetings are warranted to ensure a more efficient implementation and integration with other ongoing program activities; therefore, the NPRM is withdrawn. List of Subjects in 14 CFR part 71 Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). The Withdrawal Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, the NPRM published in the Federal Register on June 26, 2020 (85 FR 38343), FR Doc. 2020–13657, is hereby withdrawn. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4702 * * Sfmt 4702 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. Issued in Washington, DC, on October 29, 2020. George Gonzalez, Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group. [FR Doc. 2020–24356 Filed 11–3–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 21 CFR Part 6 42 CFR Parts 1 and 404 45 CFR Part 6 [Docket No. HHS–OS–2020–0012] RIN 0991–AC24 Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) requires agencies to publish plans to conduct periodic reviews of certain of their regulations. Multiple Executive Orders also require agencies to submit plans for periodic reviews of certain regulations. To further comply with the RFA and Executive Orders, and to ensure the Department’s regulations have appropriate impacts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issues this notice of proposed rulemaking to set expiration dates for its regulations (subject to certain exceptions), unless the Department periodically assesses the regulations to determine if they are subject to the RFA, and if they are, performs a review that satisfies the criteria in the RFA. DATES: Submit either electronic or written comments on the proposed rule by December 4, 2020, except that electronic or written comments on the portion of the proposed rule amending SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\04NOP1.SGM 04NOP1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 214 (Wednesday, November 4, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2020-0923; Airspace Docket No. 20-AEA-18]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Amendment, Establishment, and Revocation of Multiple Air 
Traffic Service (ATS) Routes in the Vicinity of Henderson, WV

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to amend Jet Route J-134, Area Navigation 
(RNAV) route Q-67, and VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways 
V-45 and V-119; establish RNAV route Q-176; and remove Jet Route J-91 
and VOR Federal airway V-174 in the vicinity of Henderson, WV. The Air 
Traffic Service (ATS) route modifications are necessary due to the 
planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Henderson, WV, VOR/
Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) navigation aid (NAVAID). The NAVAID 
provides navigation guidance for portions of the affected air traffic 
service (ATS) routes. The VOR is being decommissioned as part of the 
FAA's VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 21, 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-2020-0923; Airspace Docket No. 20-AEA-18 at the beginning of your 
comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov.
    FAA Order 7400.11E, 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 7400.11E 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 (NAS).

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

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regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related 
aspects of the proposal.
    Communications should identify both docket numbers (FAA Docket No. 
FAA-2020-0923; Airspace Docket No. 20-AEA-18) 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-2020-0923; Airspace Docket No. 20-AEA-18.'' 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 
Parkway, Fort Worth, TX, 76177.

Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

    This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace 
Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and effective 
September 15, 2020. FAA Order 7400.11E is publicly available as listed 
in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11E 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 Henderson, WV, VORTAC in June 2021. The VOR portion of the 
Henderson, WV, VORTAC is a candidate VOR 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 Henderson VORTAC is planned for 
decommissioning, the co-located DME portion of the NAVAID is being 
retained.
    The existing ATS route dependencies to the Henderson, WV, VORTAC 
NAVAID are Jet Routes J-91 and J-134, and VOR Federal airways V-45, V-
119, and V-174.
    With the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the 
Henderson, WV, VORTAC, the remaining ground-based NAVAID coverage in 
the area is insufficient to enable the continuity of the affected Jet 
Routes and VOR Federal airways. As such, proposed modifications to the 
affected Jet Routes would result in the removal of a route segment at 
the end of one of the routes (J-134) and in the removal of the other 
route (J-91). The proposed modifications to the affected VOR Federal 
airways would result in an increased gap in one of the airways (V-45), 
the removal of an affected airway segment at the beginning of another 
airway (V-119), and the removal of the remaining airway (V-174).
    To overcome the loss of two ATS routes, the increased gap in 
another route, and the loss of route segments at the beginning and end 
of the other ATS routes, instrument flight rules (IFR) traffic could 
use adjacent ATS routes, including Jet Routes J-6, J-24, J-85, and J-
145; RNAV routes Q-67, Q-68, Q-71, Q-80, and Q-145; and VOR Federal 
airways V-4, V-35, V-38, V-44, V-115, V-128, V-133, and V-309, or 
receive air traffic control (ATC) radar vectors to fly through or 
circumnavigate the affected area. Additionally, IFR pilots equipped 
with RNAV PBN capabilities could also navigate point to point using the 
existing fixes that will remain in place to support continued 
operations though 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 adjacent VOR Federal airways or ATC services 
listed previously.
    Further, the FAA proposes to retain RNAV route Q-67 as it is 
charted today, but change the ending route point from the DARYN, WV, 
waypoint (WP) to the Henderson, WV, DME. The Henderson DME is located 
approximately 1 nautical mile southwest and just short of the DARYN WP 
on Q-67. Changing the ending route point from the DARYN WP to the 
Henderson DME would overlay the Q-67 route segment between the TONIO, 
KY, FIX and the Henderson DME on the J-91 routing proposed to be 
removed.
    Lastly, the FAA proposes to establish RNAV route Q-176 between the 
Cimarron, NM, VORTAC and the OTTTO, VA, WP. This Q-route would be a 
direct overlay of Jet Route J-134 and mitigate the loss of the J-134 
route segment affected by the planned decommissioning of the VOR 
portion of the Henderson, WV, VORTAC. Additionally, establishing Q-176 
would provide RNAV routing capability from the Cimarron, NM, area 
eastward to the Front Royal, VA, area; as well as, support ongoing FAA 
NextGen efforts to transition the NAS to performance-based navigation.

The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal 
Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by modifying Jet Route J-134, RNAV route 
Q-67, and VOR Federal airways V-45 and V-119; establishing RNAV route 
Q-176; and removing Jet Route J-91 and VOR Federal airway V-174. The 
planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Henderson, WV, VORTAC 
has made this action necessary.
    The proposed Jet Route changes are outlined below.
    J-91: J-91 currently extends between the Volunteer, TN, VORTAC and 
the Henderson, KY, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the route in its 
entirety.
    J-134: J-134 currently extends between the Los Angeles, CA, VORTAC 
and the Linden, VA, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway 
segment overlying the Henderson, KY, VORTAC between the Falmouth, KY, 
VOR/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) and the Linden, VA, VORTAC. 
The unaffected portions of the existing route would remain as charted.

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    The proposed RNAV route changes are outlined below.
    Q-67: Q-67 currently extends between the SMTTH, TN, WP and the 
DARYN, WV, WP. The FAA proposes to change the route end point from the 
DARYN, WV, WP to the Henderson, WV, DME (located approximately 1 
nautical mile southwest of the DARYN WP), and reduce the number of 
route points listed in the description while retaining the route as 
charted. The route would continue to provide RNAV routing capability 
from the Knoxville, TN, area northeastward to the Henderson, WV, area.
    The proposed new RNAV route is outlined below.
    Q-176: Q-176 is a proposed new route that would extend between the 
Cimarron, NM, VORTAC and the OTTTO, VA, WP. This RNAV route would 
mitigate the loss of the J-134 route segment proposed to be removed 
between the Falmouth, KY, VOR/DME and the Linden, VA, VORTAC and would 
be a direct overlay of the existing J-134. Additionally, it would 
provide RNAV routing capability from the Cimarron, NM, area eastward to 
the Front Royal, VA, area.
    The proposed VOR Federal airway changes are outlined below.
    V-45: V-45 currently extends between the New Bern, NC, VOR/DME and 
the Appleton, OH, VORTAC; and between the Saginaw, MI, VOR/DME and the 
Sault Ste Marie, MI, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway 
segment overlying the Henderson, WV, VORTAC between the Charleston, WV, 
VOR/DME and the Appleton, OH, VORTAC. The unaffected portions of the 
existing airway would remain as charted.
    V-119: V-119 currently extends between the Henderson, WV, VORTAC 
and the Clarion, PA, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway 
segment overlying the Henderson, WV, VORTAC between the Henderson, WV, 
VORTAC and the Parkersburg, WV, VOR/DME. Additional changes to other 
portions of the airway have been proposed in a separate NPRM. The 
unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted.
    V-174: V-174 currently extends between the York, KY, VORTAC and the 
Elkins, WV, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway in its 
entirety.
    All NAVAID radials in the VOR Federal airway descriptions below are 
unchanged and stated in True degrees.
    Jet Routes are published in paragraph 2004, United States RNAV Q-
routes are published in paragraph 2006, and VOR Federal airways are 
published in paragraph 6010(a) of FAA Order 7400.11E dated July 21, 
2020, and effective September 15, 2020, 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

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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 7400.11E, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and 
effective September 15, 2020, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 2004 Jet Routes.

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J-91 [Removed]

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J-134 [Amended]

    From Los Angeles, CA; Seal Beach, CA; Thermal, CA; Parker, CA; 
Drake, AZ; Gallup, NM; Cimarron, NM; Liberal, KS; Wichita, KS; 
Butler, MO; St Louis, MO; to Falmouth, KY.
* * * * *

Paragraph 2006 United States Area Navigation Routes.

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Q-67 SMTTH, TN to Henderson, WV (HNN) [Amended]
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SMTTH, TN               WP                     (Lat. 35[deg]54'41.57'' N, long. 084[deg]00'19.74'' W)
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TONIO, KY               FIX                    (Lat. 37[deg]15'15.20'' N, long. 083[deg]01'47.53'' W)
Henderson, WV (HNN)     DME                    (Lat. 38[deg]45'14.85'' N, long. 082[deg]01'34.20'' W)
 
                                                  * * * * * * *
Q-176 Cimarron, NM (CIM) to OTTTO, VA [New]
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Cimarron, NM (CIM)      VORTAC                 (Lat. 36[deg]29'29.03'' N, long. 104[deg]52'19.20'' W)
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KENTO, NM               WP                     (Lat. 36[deg]44'19.10'' N, long. 103[deg]05'57.13'' W)
Liberal, KS (LBL)       VORTAC                 (Lat. 37[deg]02'39.82'' N, long. 100[deg]58'16.31'' W)

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Wichita, KS (ICT)       VORTAC                 (Lat. 37[deg]44'42.92'' N, long. 097[deg]35'01.79'' W)
Butler, MO (BUM)        VORTAC                 (Lat. 38[deg]16'19.49'' N, long. 094[deg]29'17.74'' W)
St Louis, MO (STL)      VORTAC                 (Lat. 38[deg]51'38.48'' N, long. 090[deg]28'56.52'' W)
GBEES, IN               FIX                    (Lat. 38[deg]41'54.72'' N, long. 085[deg]10'13.03'' W)
BICKS, KY               WP                     (Lat. 38[deg]38'29.92'' N, long. 084[deg]25'20.82'' W)
Henderson, WV (HNN)     DME                    (Lat. 38[deg]45'14.85'' N, long. 082[deg]01'34.20'' W)
OTTTO, VA               WP                     (Lat. 38[deg]51'15.81'' N, long. 078[deg]12'20.01'' W)
 
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V-45 [Amended]

    From New Bern, NC; Kinston, NC; Raleigh-Durham, NC; INT Raleigh-
Durham 275[deg] and Greensboro, NC, 105[deg] radials; Greensboro; 
INT Greensboro 334[deg] and Pulaski, VA, 147[deg] radials; Pulaski; 
Bluefield, WV; to Charleston, WV. From Saginaw, MI; Alpena, MI; to 
Sault Ste Marie, MI.
* * * * *

V-119 [Amended]

    From Parkersburg, WV; INT Parkersburg 067[deg] and Indian Head, 
PA, 254[deg]radials; Indian Head; to Clarion, PA.
* * * * *

V-174 [Removed]

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    Issued in Washington, DC, on October 29, 2020.
George Gonzalez,
Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group.
[FR Doc. 2020-24288 Filed 11-3-20; 8:45 am]
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