Proposed Amendment of V-72, V-132, V-190, and V-289, and Revocation of V-238 in the Vicinity of Maples, MO, 79446-79448 [2020-27111]

Download as PDF jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS 79446 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 238 / Thursday, December 10, 2020 / Proposed Rules Revision A, dated July 30, 2019 (Gulfstream CB 231A). Where Gulfstream CB 231A specifies contacting Gulfstream for procedures if any corrosion is found, you must replace the support link in accordance with a method approved by the Manager, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, before further flight. For a method to be approved by the Manager, Atlanta ACO Branch, as required by this paragraph, the Manager’s approval letter must specifically refer to this AD. (2) Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, revise the airworthiness limitations section of your maintenance manual or inspection program to incorporate the airworthiness limitations specified in Table 13: Fuselage Inspection Table, of Gulfstream GV Aircraft Maintenance Manual, Section 05–10–10, Revision 51, dated February 28, 2020. Thereafter, except as provided in paragraph (h) of this AD, no alternative inspection intervals may be approved for the fuselage floor beam and wing link FS 465–FS 576. email: pubs@gulfstream.com; internet: https://www.gulfstream.com/en/customersupport/. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. (h) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Atlanta ACO 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. (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. (3) Except as required by paragraph (g) of this AD: For service information that contains steps that are labeled as Required for Compliance (RC), the following provisions apply. (i) The steps labeled as RC, including substeps under an RC step and any figures identified in an RC step, must be done to comply with the AD. An AMOC is required for any deviations to RC steps, including substeps and identified figures. (ii) Steps not labeled as RC may be deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the operator’s maintenance or inspection program without obtaining approval of an AMOC, provided the RC steps, including substeps and identified figures, can still be done as specified, and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy condition. [Docket No. FAA–2020–1103; Airspace Docket No. 20–ACE–21] (i) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Ronald ‘‘Ron’’ Wissing, Aviation Safety Engineer, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337; phone: (404) 474–5552; fax: (404) 474–5606; email: ronald.wissing@ faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Technical Publications Dept., P.O Box 2206, Savannah, GA 31402–2206; phone: (800) 810–4853; fax: (912) 965–3520; VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:26 Dec 09, 2020 Jkt 253001 Issued on December 2, 2020. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2020–27059 Filed 12–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Amendment of V–72, V–132, V–190, and V–289, and Revocation of V–238 in the Vicinity of Maples, MO Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to amend VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways V–72, V–132, V– 190, and V–289; and remove VOR Federal airway V–238 in the vicinity of Maples, MO. The VOR Federal airway modifications are necessary due to the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Maples, MO, VOR/ Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) navigation aid (NAVAID) which provides navigation guidance for portions of the affected airways listed above. The Maples VOR is being decommissioned as part of the FAA’s VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program. DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 25, 2021. 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– 1103; Airspace Docket No. 20–ACE–21 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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 regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers (FAA Docket No. FAA– 2020–1103; Airspace Docket No. 20– ACE–21) 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. E:\FR\FM\10DEP1.SGM 10DEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 238 / Thursday, December 10, 2020 / Proposed Rules 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–2020–1103; Airspace Docket No. 20–ACE–21.’’ 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. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS 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 to decommission the VOR portion of the Maples, MO, VORTAC in August 2021. The Maples, MO, VOR is a candidate VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:26 Dec 09, 2020 Jkt 253001 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 Maples VORTAC is planned for decommissioning, the co-located DME portion of the NAVAID is being retained. The existing Air Traffic Service (ATS) route dependencies to the Maples, MO, VORTAC NAVAID are VOR Federal airways V–72, V–132, V–190, V–238, and V–289. With the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Maples VORTAC, the remaining ground-based NAVAID coverage in the area is insufficient to enable the continuity of V–72, V–190, and V–238. As such, proposed modifications to these affected airways would result in a gap in two of the airways (V–72 and V– 190) and removing the third airway completely (V–238). However, the remaining ground-based NAVAID coverage in the area is sufficient to retaining two of the airways (V–132 and V- 289) as they are charted today by redefining the affected airway points in each of the airways. To overcome the gaps created in V– 72 and V–190, and the loss of V–238, instrument flight rules (IFR) traffic could use adjacent ATS routes, including VOR Federal airways V–14, V–88, V–132, V–175, V–178, and V–289, or request 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. To retain V–132 as charted, the FAA is proposing to redefine the airway point defined by the intersection of the Forney, MO, VOR 086° and Maples, MO, VORTAC 052° radials (LENOX fix) by using the existing Forney, MO, VOR 086° radial and replacing the Maples, MO, radial with a new Vichy, MO, VOR/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) 156°(T)/150°(M) radial. As a result, the V–132 airway would PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 79447 remain unchanged and as currently charted. To retain V–289 as charted, the FAA is proposing to redefine the airway point defined by the intersection of the Maples, MO, VORTAC 236° and Vichy, MO, VOR/DME 204° radials (GOBEY fix) by replacing the Maples, MO, VORTAC radial with a new Dogwood, MO, VORTAC 058°(T)/057°(M) radial and using the existing Vichy, MO, VOR/ DME 204° radial. As a result, the V–289 airway would remain unchanged and as currently charted. 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–72, V–132, V–190, and V–289, and removing V–238 in its entirety. The planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Maples, MO, VORTAC has made this action necessary. The proposed VOR Federal airway changes are outlined below. V–72: V–72 currently extends between the Razorback, AR, VORTAC and the Bible Grove, IL, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment overlying the Maples, MO, VORTAC between the Dogwood, MO, VORTAC and the Farmington, MO, VORTAC. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. V–132: V–132 currently extends between the Medicine Bow, WY, VOR/ DME and the intersection of the Forney, MO, VOR 086° and Maples, MO, VORTAC 052° radials (LENOX fix). The airway excludes that portion within restricted areas R–4501A, R–4501B, R– 4501C and R–4501D during their time of activation. The FAA proposes to redefine the LENOX fix as the intersection of the existing Forney, MO, VOR 086° radial and new Vichy, MO, VOR/DME 156°(T)/150°(M) radial. The existing airway would remain as charted and the exclusion language would remain unchanged. V–190: V–190 currently extends between the Phoenix, AZ, VORTAC and the Pocket City, IN, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment overlying the Maples, MO, VORTAC between the Springfield, MO, VORTAC and the Farmington, MO, VORTAC. 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–238: V–238 currently extends between the Maples, MO, VORTAC and the Troy, IL, VORTAC. The FAA E:\FR\FM\10DEP1.SGM 10DEP1 79448 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 238 / Thursday, December 10, 2020 / Proposed Rules proposes to remove the airway in its entirety. V–289: V–289 currently extends between the Beaumont, TX, VORTAC and the Vichy, MO, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway point defined by the intersection of the Dogwood, MO, VORTAC 058° and Maples, MO, VORTAC 236° radials (MUPIE fix) and redefine the airway point defined by the intersection of the Maples, MO, VORTAC 236° and Vichy, MO, VOR/DME 204° radials (GOBEY fix) as the intersection of the new Dogwood, MO, VORTAC 058°(T)/ 057°(M) radial and existing Vichy, MO, VOR/DME 204° radial. The existing airway would remain as charted. All radials in the VOR Federal airway descriptions below that do not reflect True (T)/Magnetic (M) degree radial information are unchanged and stated in True degrees. 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. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS 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. 16:26 Dec 09, 2020 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: ■ Jkt 253001 * * * * Issued in Washington, DC, on December 7, 2020. George Gonzalez, Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group. [FR Doc. 2020–27111 Filed 12–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 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. 14 CFR Part 71 § 71.1 [Docket No. FAA–2020–1081; Airspace Docket No. 20–AEA–19] [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 6010(a) Airways. * * * Domestic VOR Federal * * V–72 [Amended] From Razorback, AR; to Dogwood, MO. From Farmington, MO; Centralia, IL; to Bible Grove, IL. * * * * V–132 [Amended] From Medicine Bow, WY; INT Medicine Bow 106° and Cheyenne, WY, 330° radials; Cheyenne; Akron, CO; 17 miles, 49 miles, 59 MSL, Goodland, KS; 50 miles, 97 miles, 65 MSL, Hutchinson, KS; INT Hutchinson 078° and Chanute, KS, 293° radials; Chanute; INT Chanute 100° and Springfield, MO, 276° radials; Springfield; INT Springfield 058° and Forney, MO, 266° radials; Forney; INT Forney 086° and Vichy, MO, 156°(T)/150°(M) radials, excluding that portion within R– 4501A, R–4501B, R–4501C, and R–4501D during their time of activation. * * * * * V–190 [Amended] From Phoenix, AZ; St. Johns, AZ; Albuquerque, NM; Fort Union, NM; Dalhart, TX; Mitbee, OK; INT Mitbee 059° and Pioneer, OK, 280° radials; Pioneer; INT Pioneer 094° and Bartlesville, OK, 256° radials; Bartlesville; INT Bartlesville 075° and Oswego, KS, 233° radials; Oswego; INT Oswego 085° and Springfield, MO, 261° radials; to Springfield. From Farmington, MO; Marion, IL; to Pocket City, IN. * 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 County, TX; Texarkana, AR; Fort Smith, AR; Harrison, AR; Dogwood, MO; INT Dogwood 058°(T)/057°(M) and Vichy, MO, 204° radials; to Vichy. * Regulatory Notices and Analyses Environmental Review List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). * V–238 * * * * * [Removed] * * * V–289 [Amended] From Beaumont, TX; INT Beaumont 323° and Lufkin, TX, 161° radials; Lufkin; Gregg PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Establishment of Area Navigation (RNAV) Route Q–437; Northeastern United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to establish Area Navigation (RNAV) route Q–437 in the northeastern United States in support of the Northeast Corridor Atlantic Coast Route Project (NEC ACR) for improve efficiency of the National Airspace System (NAS) while reducing the dependency on ground based navigational systems. DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 25, 2021. 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–2020–1081; Airspace Docket No. 20–AEA–19 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10DEP1.SGM 10DEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 238 (Thursday, December 10, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2020-1103; Airspace Docket No. 20-ACE-21]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Amendment of V-72, V-132, V-190, and V-289, and 
Revocation of V-238 in the Vicinity of Maples, MO

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to amend VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) 
Federal airways V-72, V-132, V-190, and V-289; and remove VOR Federal 
airway V-238 in the vicinity of Maples, MO. The VOR Federal airway 
modifications are necessary due to the planned decommissioning of the 
VOR portion of the Maples, MO, VOR/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) 
navigation aid (NAVAID) which provides navigation guidance for portions 
of the affected airways listed above. The Maples VOR is being 
decommissioned as part of the FAA's VOR Minimum Operational Network 
(MON) program.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 25, 2021.

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-2020-1103; Airspace Docket No. 20-ACE-21 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 regulatory, aeronautical, economic, 
environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal.
    Communications should identify both docket numbers (FAA Docket No. 
FAA-2020-1103; Airspace Docket No. 20-ACE-21) 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.

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    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-2020-1103; Airspace Docket No. 20-ACE-21.'' 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 to decommission the VOR portion of the Maples, 
MO, VORTAC in August 2021. The Maples, MO, VOR 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 Maples VORTAC is planned for 
decommissioning, the co-located DME portion of the NAVAID is being 
retained.
    The existing Air Traffic Service (ATS) route dependencies to the 
Maples, MO, VORTAC NAVAID are VOR Federal airways V-72, V-132, V-190, 
V-238, and V-289. With the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion 
of the Maples VORTAC, the remaining ground-based NAVAID coverage in the 
area is insufficient to enable the continuity of V-72, V-190, and V-
238. As such, proposed modifications to these affected airways would 
result in a gap in two of the airways (V-72 and V-190) and removing the 
third airway completely (V-238). However, the remaining ground-based 
NAVAID coverage in the area is sufficient to retaining two of the 
airways (V-132 and V- 289) as they are charted today by redefining the 
affected airway points in each of the airways.
    To overcome the gaps created in V-72 and V-190, and the loss of V-
238, instrument flight rules (IFR) traffic could use adjacent ATS 
routes, including VOR Federal airways V-14, V-88, V-132, V-175, V-178, 
and V-289, or request 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.
    To retain V-132 as charted, the FAA is proposing to redefine the 
airway point defined by the intersection of the Forney, MO, VOR 
086[deg] and Maples, MO, VORTAC 052[deg] radials (LENOX fix) 
by using the existing Forney, MO, VOR 086[deg] radial and replacing the 
Maples, MO, radial with a new Vichy, MO, VOR/Distance Measuring 
Equipment (VOR/DME) 156[deg](T)/150[deg](M) radial. As a result, the V-
132 airway would remain unchanged and as currently charted.
    To retain V-289 as charted, the FAA is proposing to redefine the 
airway point defined by the intersection of the Maples, MO, VORTAC 
236[deg] and Vichy, MO, VOR/DME 204[deg] radials (GOBEY fix) by 
replacing the Maples, MO, VORTAC radial with a new Dogwood, MO, VORTAC 
058[deg](T)/057[deg](M) radial and using the existing Vichy, MO, VOR/
DME 204[deg] radial. As a result, the V-289 airway would remain 
unchanged and as currently charted.

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-72, V-
132, V-190, and V-289, and removing V-238 in its entirety. The planned 
decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Maples, MO, VORTAC has made 
this action necessary.
    The proposed VOR Federal airway changes are outlined below.
    V-72: V-72 currently extends between the Razorback, AR, VORTAC and 
the Bible Grove, IL, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway 
segment overlying the Maples, MO, VORTAC between the Dogwood, MO, 
VORTAC and the Farmington, MO, VORTAC. The unaffected portions of the 
existing airway would remain as charted.
    V-132: V-132 currently extends between the Medicine Bow, WY, VOR/
DME and the intersection of the Forney, MO, VOR 086[deg] and Maples, 
MO, VORTAC 052[deg] radials (LENOX fix). The airway excludes 
that portion within restricted areas R-4501A, R-4501B, R-4501C and R-
4501D during their time of activation. The FAA proposes to redefine the 
LENOX fix as the intersection of the existing Forney, MO, 
VOR 086[deg] radial and new Vichy, MO, VOR/DME 156[deg](T)/150[deg](M) 
radial. The existing airway would remain as charted and the exclusion 
language would remain unchanged.
    V-190: V-190 currently extends between the Phoenix, AZ, VORTAC and 
the Pocket City, IN, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway 
segment overlying the Maples, MO, VORTAC between the Springfield, MO, 
VORTAC and the Farmington, MO, VORTAC. 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-238: V-238 currently extends between the Maples, MO, VORTAC and 
the Troy, IL, VORTAC. The FAA

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proposes to remove the airway in its entirety.
    V-289: V-289 currently extends between the Beaumont, TX, VORTAC and 
the Vichy, MO, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway point 
defined by the intersection of the Dogwood, MO, VORTAC 058[deg] and 
Maples, MO, VORTAC 236[deg] radials (MUPIE fix) and redefine the airway 
point defined by the intersection of the Maples, MO, VORTAC 236[deg] 
and Vichy, MO, VOR/DME 204[deg] radials (GOBEY fix) as the intersection 
of the new Dogwood, MO, VORTAC 058[deg](T)/057[deg](M) radial and 
existing Vichy, MO, VOR/DME 204[deg] radial. The existing airway would 
remain as charted.
    All radials in the VOR Federal airway descriptions below that do 
not reflect True (T)/Magnetic (M) degree radial information are 
unchanged and stated in True degrees.
    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 6010(a) Domestic VOR Federal Airways.

* * * * *

V-72 [Amended]

    From Razorback, AR; to Dogwood, MO. From Farmington, MO; 
Centralia, IL; to Bible Grove, IL.
* * * * *

V-132 [Amended]

    From Medicine Bow, WY; INT Medicine Bow 106[deg] and Cheyenne, 
WY, 330[deg] radials; Cheyenne; Akron, CO; 17 miles, 49 miles, 59 
MSL, Goodland, KS; 50 miles, 97 miles, 65 MSL, Hutchinson, KS; INT 
Hutchinson 078[deg] and Chanute, KS, 293[deg] radials; Chanute; INT 
Chanute 100[deg] and Springfield, MO, 276[deg] radials; Springfield; 
INT Springfield 058[deg] and Forney, MO, 266[deg] radials; Forney; 
INT Forney 086[deg] and Vichy, MO, 156[deg](T)/150[deg](M) radials, 
excluding that portion within R-4501A, R-4501B, R-4501C, and R-4501D 
during their time of activation.
* * * * *

V-190 [Amended]

    From Phoenix, AZ; St. Johns, AZ; Albuquerque, NM; Fort Union, 
NM; Dalhart, TX; Mitbee, OK; INT Mitbee 059[deg] and Pioneer, OK, 
280[deg] radials; Pioneer; INT Pioneer 094[deg] and Bartlesville, 
OK, 256[deg] radials; Bartlesville; INT Bartlesville 075[deg] and 
Oswego, KS, 233[deg] radials; Oswego; INT Oswego 085[deg] and 
Springfield, MO, 261[deg] radials; to Springfield. From Farmington, 
MO; Marion, IL; to Pocket City, IN.
* * * * *

V-238 [Removed]

* * * * *

V-289 [Amended]

    From Beaumont, TX; INT Beaumont 323[deg] and Lufkin, TX, 
161[deg] radials; Lufkin; Gregg County, TX; Texarkana, AR; Fort 
Smith, AR; Harrison, AR; Dogwood, MO; INT Dogwood 058[deg](T)/
057[deg](M) and Vichy, MO, 204[deg] radials; to Vichy.
* * * * *

    Issued in Washington, DC, on December 7, 2020.
George Gonzalez,
Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group.
[FR Doc. 2020-27111 Filed 12-9-20; 8:45 am]
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