Proposed Amendment of V-9, V-63, V-100, V-158, V-171, and T-325; and Revocation of V-127 in the Vicinity of Rockford, IL, 81433-81436 [2020-27632]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 242 / Wednesday, December 16, 2020 / Proposed Rules Paragraph 6010(a) Airways. * * V–175 * Domestic VOR Federal * * Moines, IA. From Worthington, MN; Redwood Falls, MN; to Alexandria, MN. * [Amended] * V–424 From Malden, MO; Vichy, MO; to Hallsville, MO. From Kirksville, MO; to Des * * * * * * * * [FR Doc. 2020–27631 Filed 12–15–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2020–1100; Airspace Docket No. 20–AGL–1] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Amendment of V–9, V–63, V– 100, V–158, V–171, and T–325; and Revocation of V–127 in the Vicinity of Rockford, IL Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to amend VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways V–9, V–63, V– 100, V–158, and V–171; amend Area Navigation (RNAV) route T–325; and remove VOR Federal airway V–127 in the vicinity of Rockford, IL. The air traffic service (ATS) route modifications are necessary due to the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Rockford, IL, VOR/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) navigation aid (NAVAID). Except for RNAV route T–325, the Rockford VOR/ DME NAVAID provides navigation guidance for portions of the affected routes listed above. The Rockford VOR is being decommissioned as part of the FAA’s VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program. DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 1, 2021. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: 16:37 Dec 15, 2020 Jkt 253001 * IA (ALO) [New] (Lat. 36°06′36.07″ (Lat. 38°09′14.66″ (Lat. 40°08′06.06″ (Lat. 40°49′06.04″ (Lat. 41°08′23.43″ (Lat. 41°26′15.45″ (Lat. 42°33′23.39″ N, N, N, N, N, N, N, long. long. long. long. long. long. long. 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 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 * * 090°57′13.30″ 091°42′24.38″ 092°35′30.15″ 093°08′24.11″ 093°24′09.22″ 093°38′54.81″ 092°23′56.13″ 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– 1100; Airspace Docket No. 20–AGL–1 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: PO 00000 * * * Paragraph 6011 United States Area Navigation Routes. * ADDRESSES: Issued in Washington, DC, on December 11, 2020. George Gonzalez, Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group. VerDate Sep<11>2014 * * * T–397 Walnut Ridge, AR (ARG) to Waterloo, Walnut Ridge, AR (ARG) VORTAC Vichy, MO (VIH) VOR/DME LEWRP, MO WP OHGEE, IA FIX LACON, IA FIX Des Moines, IA (DSM) VORTAC Waterloo, IA (ALO) VOR/DME * V–586 [Amended] From Quincy, IL; Peoria, IL; Pontiac, IL; to Joliet, IL. [Removed] * 81433 * * * W). W). W). W). W). W). W). 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– 2020–1100; Airspace Docket No. 20– AGL–1) 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–2020–1100; Airspace Docket No. 20–AGL–1.’’ 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 E:\FR\FM\16DEP1.SGM 16DEP1 81434 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 242 / Wednesday, December 16, 2020 / Proposed Rules 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. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS 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 Rockford, IL, VOR/DME in October 2021. The Rockford, IL, 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 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 Rockford VOR/DME is planned for decommissioning, the co-located DME portion of the NAVAID is being retained. The existing ATS route dependencies to the Rockford, IL, VOR/DME NAVAID VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:37 Dec 15, 2020 Jkt 253001 are VOR Federal airways V–9, V–63, V– 100, V–127, V–158, and V–171. With the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Rockford VOR/DME, the remaining ground-based NAVAID coverage in the area is insufficient to enable the continuity of the affected airways. As such, proposed modifications to the affected airways would result in creating a gap in three of the airways (V–9, V–63, and V–100), expanding an existing gap in one of the airways (V–171), redefining an airway point to retain one of the airways as charted (V–158); and removing the remaining airway completely (V–127). To overcome the gaps created or expanded in four of the airways, and the loss of another airway, instrument flight rules (IFR) traffic could use adjacent ATS routes, including VOR Federal airways V–6, V–24, V–158, V–172, and V–216, 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–158 as charted, the FAA is proposing to redefine the airway point defined by the intersection of the Polo, IL, VOR/DME 122° and Rockford, IL, VOR/DME 169° radials (SHOOF fix) by using the existing Polo, IL, VOR/ DME 122° radial and replacing the Rockford, IL, VOR/DME radial with a new Davenport, IA, VOR/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) 087°(T)/083°(M) radial. As a result, the V–158 airway would remain unchanged and as currently charted. The FAA is also proposing to extend RNAV route T–325 from the Terre Haute, IN, area to the Oshkosh, WI, area to, in part, mitigate arrival/departure route issues associated with the proposed loss of the V–9 and V–63 airway segments north of the Rockford VOR/DME. For approximately two weeks each summer, more than 10,000 aircraft converge on Oshkosh, WI, for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Air Venture Fly-In held at the Aviation Museum located at the Wittman Regional Airport. Extending T– 325 to the Oshkosh, WI, area would mitigate the Air Venture Fly-In arrival/ departure route issues caused by the proposed V–9 and V–63 modifications, provide airspace users with continued enroute ATS route structure north of the PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Rockford, IL, area, and support ongoing FAA NextGen efforts to modernize the NAS to performance-based navigation. Prior to this NPRM, the FAA published a rule for Docket No. FAA– 2020–0505 in the Federal Register (85 FR 67648; October 26, 2020), amending VOR Federal airway V–63 by removing the airway segment between the Bowie, TX, VORTAC and the Texoma, OK, VOR/DME. That airway amendment, effective December 31, 2020, is included in this NPRM. Also prior to this NPRM, the FAA published a rule for Docket No. FAA– 2020–0667 in the Federal Register (85 FR 79422; December 10, 2020), amending VOR Federal airway V–100 by removing the airway segment overlying the Sioux City, IA, VORTAC between the O’Neill, NE, VORTAC and the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC. That airway amendment, effective February 25, 2021, is included in this NPRM, as well. 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–9, V–63, V–100, V– 158, and V–171; modifying RNAV route T–325; and removing VOR Federal airway V–127. The planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Rockford, IL, VOR/DME has made this action necessary. The proposed VOR Federal airway changes are outlined below. V–9: V–9 currently extends between the Leeville, LA, VORTAC and the Houghton, MI, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment overlying the Rockford, IL, VOR/DME between the Pontiac, IL, VOR/DME and the Janesville, WI, VOR/DME. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. V–63: V–63 currently extends between the Razorback, AR, VORTAC and the Oshkosh, WI, VORTAC; and between the Wausau, WI, VOR/DME and the Houghton, MI, VOR/DME. That airspace at and above 10,000 feet MSL from 5 NM north to 46 NM north of Quincy, IL, when the Howard West MOA is active is excluded. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment overlying the Rockford, IL, VOR/DME between the Davenport, IA, VORTAC and the Janesville, WI, VOR/DME. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted and the exclusion language would remain unchanged. V–100: V–100 currently extends between the Medicine Bow, WY, VOR/ DME and the O’Neill, NE, VORTAC; and between the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC E:\FR\FM\16DEP1.SGM 16DEP1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 242 / Wednesday, December 16, 2020 / Proposed Rules and the Litchfield, MI, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment overlying the Rockford, IL, VOR/DME between the Dubuque, IA, VORTAC and the Northbrook, IL, VOR/ DME. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. V–127: V–127 currently extends between the Bradford, IL, VORTAC and the Rockford, IL, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway in its entirety. V–158: V–158 currently extends between the Mason City, IA, VORTAC and the intersection of the Polo, IL, VOR/DME 122° and the Rockford, IL, VOR/DME 169° radials (SHOOF fix). The airspace within R–3302 is excluded. The FAA proposes to retain the airway and redefine the SHOOF fix as the intersection of the existing Polo, IL, VOR/DME 122° radial and the new Davenport, IA, VORTAC, 087°(T)/ 083°(M) radial. The existing airway would remain as charted and the exclusion language would remain unchanged. V–171: V–171 currently extends between the Lexington, KY, VOR/DME and the Rockford, IL, VOR/DME; and between the Nodine, MN, VORTAC and the Roseau, MN, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment between the Joliet, IL, VOR/DME and the Rockford, IL, VOR/DME. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. The proposed RNAV T-route changes are outlined below. T–325: T–325 currently extends between the Bowling Green, KY, DME navigation aid and the Terre Haute, IN, VORTAC. The proposed change would remove the Terre Haute VORTAC and replace it with the JIBKA, IN, waypoint (WP) located near the Terre Haute VORTAC, and extend the route northward from the JIBKA, IN, WP to the Oshkosh, WI, VORTAC. The following points would be added between the JIBKA WP and the Oshkosh VORTAC: CAPPY, IL, WP; SMARS, IL, WP; TRENM, IL, WP; START, IL, WP; GRIFT, IL, WP; DEBOW, WI, WP; LUNGS, WI, WP; and the HOMNY, WI, WP. The unaffected segments of the existing route 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) and United States RNAV T-routes are published in paragraph 6011 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. § 71.1 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. From Leeville, LA; McComb, MS; INT McComb 004° and Magnolia, MS, 194° radials; Magnolia; Sidon, MS; Marvell, AR; Gilmore, AR; Malden, MO; Farmington, MO; St. Louis, MO; Spinner, IL; to Pontiac, IL. From Janesville, WI; Madison, WI; Oshkosh, WI; Green Bay, WI; Iron Mountain, MI; to Houghton, MI. 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. [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. * * V–9 [Amended] * * * V–63 * 16:37 Dec 15, 2020 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Domestic VOR Federal * * * * [Amended] From Razorback, AR; Springfield, MO; Hallsville, MO; Quincy, IL; Burlington, IA; Moline, IL; to Davenport, IA. From Janesville, WI; Badger, WI; to Oshkosh, WI. From Wausau, WI; Rhinelander, WI; to Houghton, MI. Excluding that airspace at and above 10,000 feet MSL from 5 NM north to 46 NM north of Quincy, IL, when the Howard West MOA is active. * * * * * V–100 [Amended] From Medicine Bow, WY; Scottsbluff, NE; Alliance, NE; Ainsworth, NE; to O’Neill, NE. From Fort Dodge, IA; Waterloo, IA; to Dubuque, IA. From Northbrook, IL; INT Northbrook 095° and Keeler, MI, 271° radials; Keeler; to Litchfield, MI. * * V–127 * * * * [Removed] * * * * V–158 [Amended] From Mason City, IA; INT Mason City 106° and Dubuque, IA, 293° radials; Dubuque; Polo, IL; to INT Polo 122° and Davenport, IA, 087°(T)/083°(M) radials. The airspace within R–3302 is excluded. * * * * * V–171 [Amended] From Lexington, KY; INT Lexington 251° and Louisville, KY, 114° radials; Louisville; Terre Haute, IN; Danville, IL; Peotone, IL; INT Peotone 281° and Joliet, IL, 173° radials; to Joliet. From Nodine, MN; INT Nodine 298° and Farmington, MN, 124° radials; Farmington; Darwin, MN; Alexandria, MN; INT Alexandria 321° and Grand Forks, ND, 152° radials; Grand Forks; to Roseau, MN. * * * * * Paragraph 6011 United States Area Navigation Routes. * * * T–325 Bowling Green, KY (BWG) to Oshkosh, WI (OSH) [Amended] Bowling Green, KY (BWG) DME (Lat. 36°55′43.47″ N, long. 086°26′36.36″ W). VerDate Sep<11>2014 81435 E:\FR\FM\16DEP1.SGM 16DEP1 * * 81436 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 242 / Wednesday, December 16, 2020 / Proposed Rules RENRO, KY LOONE, KY APALO, IN BUNKA, IN JIBKA, IN CAPPY, IL SMARS, IL TRENM, IL START, IL GRIFT, IL DEBOW, WI LUNGS, WI HOMNY, WI Oshkosh, WI (OSH) * * * * FIX WP FIX FIX WP WP WP WP WP WP WP WP WP VORTAC * Issued in Washington, DC, on December 11, 2020. George Gonzalez, Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group. [FR Doc. 2020–27632 Filed 12–15–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 30 CFR Part 948 [SATS No. WV–127–FOR; Docket ID: OSM– 2020–0003; S1D1S SS08011000 SX064A000 212S180110 S2D2S SS08011000 SX064A000 21XS501520] West Virginia Regulatory Program Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the West Virginia regulatory program (hereinafter, the West Virginia program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) seeks to amend its regulatory provisions related to entities authorized to issue surety bonds and the repair and compensation of damage resulting from subsidence. This document gives the times and locations that the West Virginia program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested. DATES: We will accept written comments on this amendment until 4:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (e.s.t.), January 15, 2021. If requested, we may khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:37 Dec 15, 2020 Jkt 253001 (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. 37°28′50.53″ 37°44′14.43″ 38°00′20.59″ 39°04′57.32″ 39°30′08.93″ 40°00′06.00″ 41°07′38.18″ 41°17′24.93″ 41°45′24.83″ 42°17′28.14″ 42°44′08.30″ 43°02′43.66″ 43°31′02.22″ 43°59′25.56″ N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. 086°39′19.25″ 086°45′18.02″ 086°51′35.27″ 087°09′06.58″ 087°16′26.74″ 087°44′31.22″ 088°51′38.22″ 089°00′27.53″ 089°00′21.81″ 088°53′41.42″ 088°50′48.92″ 088°56′54.86″ 088°39′40.15″ 088°33′21.36″ hold a public hearing or meeting on the amendment on January 11, 2021. We will accept requests to speak at a hearing until 4:00 p.m., e.s.t. on December 31, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by SATS No. WV–127–FOR, by any of the following methods: • Mail/Hand Delivery: Mr. Ben Owens, Acting Director, Charleston Field Office, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 1027 Virginia Street East, Charleston, West Virginia 25301. • Fax: (304) 347–7170. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: The amendment has been assigned Docket ID: OSM–2020–0003. If you would like to submit comments, go to http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this rulemaking. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the ‘‘Public Comment Procedures’’ heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. Docket: For access to the docket to review copies of the West Virginia program, this amendment, a listing of any scheduled public hearings or meetings, and all written comments received in response to this document, you must go to the address listed below during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. You may receive one free copy of the amendment by contacting OSMRE’s Charleston Field Office or the full text of the program amendment is available for you to read at www.regulations.gov. Mr. Ben Owens, Acting Director, Charleston Field Office. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 1027 Virginia Street East, Charleston, West Virginia 25301, Telephone: (304) 347–7158, Email: osmchfo@osmre.gov. In addition, you may review a copy of the amendment during regular business hours at the following location: West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, 601 57th Street SE, PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 W). W). W). W). W). W). W). W). W). W). W). W). W). W). Charleston, West Virginia 25304, Telephone: (304) 926–0490. Mr. Ben Owens, Acting Director, Charleston Field Office, Telephone: (304) 347– 7158. Email: osm-chfo@osmre.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: I. Background on the West Virginia Program II. Description of the Proposed Amendment III. Public Comment Procedures IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews I. Background on the West Virginia Program Section 503(a) of the Act permits a State to assume primacy for the regulation of surface coal mining and reclamation operations on non-Federal and non-Indian lands within its borders by demonstrating that its approved State program includes, among other things, State laws and regulations that govern surface coal mining and reclamation operations in accordance with the Act and consistent with the Federal regulations. See 30 U.S.C. 1253(a)(1) and (7). On the basis of these criteria, the Secretary of the Interior conditionally approved the West Virginia program on January 21, 1981. You can find additional background information on the West Virginia program, including the Secretary’s findings, the disposition of comments, and conditions of approval of the West Virginia program in the January 21, 1981, Federal Register (46 FR 5915). You can also find later actions concerning the West Virginia’s program and program amendments at 30 CFR 948.10, 948.12, 948.13, 948.15, and 948.16. II. Description of the Proposed Amendment By letter dated May 5, 2020 (Administrative Record No. 1640), West Virginia sent us an amendment to its program under SMCRA (30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.). The State seeks to amend its regulations to modify language which relate to entities that may issue bond instruments. The State also seeks to amend language relating to the repair of, and compensation for, material damage E:\FR\FM\16DEP1.SGM 16DEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 242 (Wednesday, December 16, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2020-1100; Airspace Docket No. 20-AGL-1]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Amendment of V-9, V-63, V-100, V-158, V-171, and T-325; 
and Revocation of V-127 in the Vicinity of Rockford, IL

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-9, V-63, V-100, V-158, and V-171; amend Area 
Navigation (RNAV) route T-325; and remove VOR Federal airway V-127 in 
the vicinity of Rockford, IL. The air traffic service (ATS) route 
modifications are necessary due to the planned decommissioning of the 
VOR portion of the Rockford, IL, VOR/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/
DME) navigation aid (NAVAID). Except for RNAV route T-325, the Rockford 
VOR/DME NAVAID provides navigation guidance for portions of the 
affected routes listed above. The Rockford VOR is being decommissioned 
as part of the FAA's VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 1, 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-2020-1100; Airspace Docket No. 20-AGL-1 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-2020-1100; Airspace Docket No. 20-AGL-1) 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-2020-1100; Airspace Docket No. 20-AGL-1.'' 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

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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 Rockford, IL, VOR/DME in October 2021. The Rockford, IL, 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 Rockford VOR/DME is planned for 
decommissioning, the co-located DME portion of the NAVAID is being 
retained.
    The existing ATS route dependencies to the Rockford, IL, VOR/DME 
NAVAID are VOR Federal airways V-9, V-63, V-100, V-127, V-158, and V-
171. With the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the 
Rockford VOR/DME, the remaining ground-based NAVAID coverage in the 
area is insufficient to enable the continuity of the affected airways. 
As such, proposed modifications to the affected airways would result in 
creating a gap in three of the airways (V-9, V-63, and V-100), 
expanding an existing gap in one of the airways (V-171), redefining an 
airway point to retain one of the airways as charted (V-158); and 
removing the remaining airway completely (V-127).
    To overcome the gaps created or expanded in four of the airways, 
and the loss of another airway, instrument flight rules (IFR) traffic 
could use adjacent ATS routes, including VOR Federal airways V-6, V-24, 
V-158, V-172, and V-216, 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-158 as charted, the FAA is proposing to redefine the 
airway point defined by the intersection of the Polo, IL, VOR/DME 
122[deg] and Rockford, IL, VOR/DME 169[deg] radials (SHOOF fix) by 
using the existing Polo, IL, VOR/DME 122[deg] radial and replacing the 
Rockford, IL, VOR/DME radial with a new Davenport, IA, VOR/Tactical Air 
Navigation (VORTAC) 087[deg](T)/083[deg](M) radial. As a result, the V-
158 airway would remain unchanged and as currently charted.
    The FAA is also proposing to extend RNAV route T-325 from the Terre 
Haute, IN, area to the Oshkosh, WI, area to, in part, mitigate arrival/
departure route issues associated with the proposed loss of the V-9 and 
V-63 airway segments north of the Rockford VOR/DME. For approximately 
two weeks each summer, more than 10,000 aircraft converge on Oshkosh, 
WI, for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Air Venture Fly-In 
held at the Aviation Museum located at the Wittman Regional Airport. 
Extending T-325 to the Oshkosh, WI, area would mitigate the Air Venture 
Fly-In arrival/departure route issues caused by the proposed V-9 and V-
63 modifications, provide airspace users with continued enroute ATS 
route structure north of the Rockford, IL, area, and support ongoing 
FAA NextGen efforts to modernize the NAS to performance-based 
navigation.
    Prior to this NPRM, the FAA published a rule for Docket No. FAA-
2020-0505 in the Federal Register (85 FR 67648; October 26, 2020), 
amending VOR Federal airway V-63 by removing the airway segment between 
the Bowie, TX, VORTAC and the Texoma, OK, VOR/DME. That airway 
amendment, effective December 31, 2020, is included in this NPRM.
    Also prior to this NPRM, the FAA published a rule for Docket No. 
FAA-2020-0667 in the Federal Register (85 FR 79422; December 10, 2020), 
amending VOR Federal airway V-100 by removing the airway segment 
overlying the Sioux City, IA, VORTAC between the O'Neill, NE, VORTAC 
and the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC. That airway amendment, effective 
February 25, 2021, is included in this NPRM, as well.

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-9, V-
63, V-100, V-158, and V-171; modifying RNAV route T-325; and removing 
VOR Federal airway V-127. The planned decommissioning of the VOR 
portion of the Rockford, IL, VOR/DME has made this action necessary.
    The proposed VOR Federal airway changes are outlined below.
    V-9: V-9 currently extends between the Leeville, LA, VORTAC and the 
Houghton, MI, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment 
overlying the Rockford, IL, VOR/DME between the Pontiac, IL, VOR/DME 
and the Janesville, WI, VOR/DME. The unaffected portions of the 
existing airway would remain as charted.
    V-63: V-63 currently extends between the Razorback, AR, VORTAC and 
the Oshkosh, WI, VORTAC; and between the Wausau, WI, VOR/DME and the 
Houghton, MI, VOR/DME. That airspace at and above 10,000 feet MSL from 
5 NM north to 46 NM north of Quincy, IL, when the Howard West MOA is 
active is excluded. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment 
overlying the Rockford, IL, VOR/DME between the Davenport, IA, VORTAC 
and the Janesville, WI, VOR/DME. The unaffected portions of the 
existing airway would remain as charted and the exclusion language 
would remain unchanged.
    V-100: V-100 currently extends between the Medicine Bow, WY, VOR/
DME and the O'Neill, NE, VORTAC; and between the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC

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and the Litchfield, MI, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway 
segment overlying the Rockford, IL, VOR/DME between the Dubuque, IA, 
VORTAC and the Northbrook, IL, VOR/DME. The unaffected portions of the 
existing airway would remain as charted.
    V-127: V-127 currently extends between the Bradford, IL, VORTAC and 
the Rockford, IL, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway in its 
entirety.
    V-158: V-158 currently extends between the Mason City, IA, VORTAC 
and the intersection of the Polo, IL, VOR/DME 122[deg] and the 
Rockford, IL, VOR/DME 169[deg] radials (SHOOF fix). The airspace within 
R-3302 is excluded. The FAA proposes to retain the airway and redefine 
the SHOOF fix as the intersection of the existing Polo, IL, VOR/DME 
122[deg] radial and the new Davenport, IA, VORTAC, 087[deg](T)/
083[deg](M) radial. The existing airway would remain as charted and the 
exclusion language would remain unchanged.
    V-171: V-171 currently extends between the Lexington, KY, VOR/DME 
and the Rockford, IL, VOR/DME; and between the Nodine, MN, VORTAC and 
the Roseau, MN, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment 
between the Joliet, IL, VOR/DME and the Rockford, IL, VOR/DME. The 
unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted.
    The proposed RNAV T-route changes are outlined below.
    T-325: T-325 currently extends between the Bowling Green, KY, DME 
navigation aid and the Terre Haute, IN, VORTAC. The proposed change 
would remove the Terre Haute VORTAC and replace it with the JIBKA, IN, 
waypoint (WP) located near the Terre Haute VORTAC, and extend the route 
northward from the JIBKA, IN, WP to the Oshkosh, WI, VORTAC. The 
following points would be added between the JIBKA WP and the Oshkosh 
VORTAC: CAPPY, IL, WP; SMARS, IL, WP; TRENM, IL, WP; START, IL, WP; 
GRIFT, IL, WP; DEBOW, WI, WP; LUNGS, WI, WP; and the HOMNY, WI, WP. The 
unaffected segments of the existing route 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) and United 
States RNAV T-routes are published in paragraph 6011 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.

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V-9 [Amended]

    From Leeville, LA; McComb, MS; INT McComb 004[deg] and Magnolia, 
MS, 194[deg] radials; Magnolia; Sidon, MS; Marvell, AR; Gilmore, AR; 
Malden, MO; Farmington, MO; St. Louis, MO; Spinner, IL; to Pontiac, 
IL. From Janesville, WI; Madison, WI; Oshkosh, WI; Green Bay, WI; 
Iron Mountain, MI; to Houghton, MI.
* * * * *

V-63 [Amended]

    From Razorback, AR; Springfield, MO; Hallsville, MO; Quincy, IL; 
Burlington, IA; Moline, IL; to Davenport, IA. From Janesville, WI; 
Badger, WI; to Oshkosh, WI. From Wausau, WI; Rhinelander, WI; to 
Houghton, MI. Excluding that airspace at and above 10,000 feet MSL 
from 5 NM north to 46 NM north of Quincy, IL, when the Howard West 
MOA is active.
* * * * *

V-100 [Amended]

    From Medicine Bow, WY; Scottsbluff, NE; Alliance, NE; Ainsworth, 
NE; to O'Neill, NE. From Fort Dodge, IA; Waterloo, IA; to Dubuque, 
IA. From Northbrook, IL; INT Northbrook 095[deg] and Keeler, MI, 
271[deg] radials; Keeler; to Litchfield, MI.
* * * * *

V-127 [Removed]

* * * * *

V-158 [Amended]

    From Mason City, IA; INT Mason City 106[deg] and Dubuque, IA, 
293[deg] radials; Dubuque; Polo, IL; to INT Polo 122[deg] and 
Davenport, IA, 087[deg](T)/083[deg](M) radials. The airspace within 
R-3302 is excluded.
* * * * *

V-171 [Amended]

    From Lexington, KY; INT Lexington 251[deg] and Louisville, KY, 
114[deg] radials; Louisville; Terre Haute, IN; Danville, IL; 
Peotone, IL; INT Peotone 281[deg] and Joliet, IL, 173[deg] radials; 
to Joliet. From Nodine, MN; INT Nodine 298[deg] and Farmington, MN, 
124[deg] radials; Farmington; Darwin, MN; Alexandria, MN; INT 
Alexandria 321[deg] and Grand Forks, ND, 152[deg] radials; Grand 
Forks; to Roseau, MN.
* * * * *

Paragraph 6011 United States Area Navigation Routes.

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T-325 Bowling Green, KY (BWG) to Oshkosh, WI (OSH) [Amended]
Bowling Green, KY (BWG)          DME                (Lat. 36[deg]55'43.47'' N, long. 086[deg]26'36.36'' W).

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RENRO, KY                        FIX                (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                        FIX                (Lat. 38[deg]00'20.59'' N, long. 086[deg]51'35.27'' W).
BUNKA, IN                        FIX                (Lat. 39[deg]04'57.32'' N, long. 087[deg]09'06.58'' W).
JIBKA, IN                        WP                 (Lat. 39[deg]30'08.93'' N, long. 087[deg]16'26.74'' W).
CAPPY, IL                        WP                 (Lat. 40[deg]00'06.00'' N, long. 087[deg]44'31.22'' W).
SMARS, IL                        WP                 (Lat. 41[deg]07'38.18'' N, long. 088[deg]51'38.22'' W).
TRENM, IL                        WP                 (Lat. 41[deg]17'24.93'' N, long. 089[deg]00'27.53'' W).
START, IL                        WP                 (Lat. 41[deg]45'24.83'' N, long. 089[deg]00'21.81'' W).
GRIFT, IL                        WP                 (Lat. 42[deg]17'28.14'' N, long. 088[deg]53'41.42'' W).
DEBOW, WI                        WP                 (Lat. 42[deg]44'08.30'' N, long. 088[deg]50'48.92'' W).
LUNGS, WI                        WP                 (Lat. 43[deg]02'43.66'' N, long. 088[deg]56'54.86'' W).
HOMNY, WI                        WP                 (Lat. 43[deg]31'02.22'' N, long. 088[deg]39'40.15'' W).
Oshkosh, WI (OSH)                VORTAC             (Lat. 43[deg]59'25.56'' N, long. 088[deg]33'21.36'' W).
 

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    Issued in Washington, DC, on December 11, 2020.
George Gonzalez,
Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group.
[FR Doc. 2020-27632 Filed 12-15-20; 8:45 am]
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