Proposed Revocation of V-271 and Amendment of V-285 in the Vicinity of Manistee, MI, 14293-14295 [2021-05153]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 48 / Monday, March 15, 2021 / Proposed Rules For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 817–222–5110. This material may be found in the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021–0145. (2) For more information about this AD, contact Hal Jensen, Aerospace Engineer, Operational Safety Branch, FAA, 950 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024; phone: 202–267–9167; email: hal.jensen@ faa.gov. Issued on March 9, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–05252 Filed 3–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 0720; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD action, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Schwetz, Aerospace Engineer, Aviation Safety Section, Boston ACO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781– 238–7761; email: michael.schwetz@ faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2010–0720; Project Identifier 2010–SW–050–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Proposed rule; withdrawal. AGENCY: The FAA is withdrawing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that proposed to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) that would have applied to certain Sikorsky Model S–92A helicopters. The NPRM was prompted by a fatigue analysis conducted after a helicopter was found with a severed main gearbox (MGB) mounting foot pad (foot pad) that failed due to fatigue. The NPRM would have required revising the airworthiness limitations section of the existing Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA) for your helicopter to reduce the life limit of the MGB housing and replacing any MGB housing that exceeds the life limit. Since issuance of the NPRM, the FAA has determined that the affected MGB housings are no longer in service. Accordingly, the NPRM is withdrawn. DATES: The FAA is withdrawing the proposed rule published July 21, 2010 (75 FR 42340), as of March 15, 2021. ADDRESSES: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2010– VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:14 Mar 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 The FAA has issued an NPRM that proposed to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to the specified products. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on July 21, 2010 (75 FR 42340). The NPRM was prompted by a fatigue analysis conducted after a helicopter was found with a severed foot pad that failed due to fatigue. The NPRM proposed to require revising the existing airworthiness limitations section of the ICA for your helicopter to reduce the life limit of the MGB housing and replacing any MGB housing that exceeds the life limit. The proposed actions were intended to address failure of the foot pad, loss of the MGB, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. 14293 The FAA acknowledges that, in the event of publication of a final rule, Sikorsky Aircraft’s request would have been valuable in clarifying the language. However, this NPRM will not be published as a final rule. The FAA has determined that the affected MGB housings are no longer in service, and that the NPRM is no longer necessary. FAA’s Conclusions Upon further consideration, the FAA has determined that the NPRM is unnecessary. Accordingly, the NPRM is withdrawn. Regulatory Findings Since this action only withdraws an NPRM, it is neither a proposed nor a final rule. This action therefore is not covered under Executive Order 12866, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, or DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979). List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. The Withdrawal Accordingly, the notice of proposed rulemaking, Docket No. FAA–2010– 0720, which was published in the Federal Register on July 21, 2010 (75 FR 42340), is withdrawn. Issued on January 25, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–05194 Filed 3–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P Actions Since the NPRM Was Issued Since issuance of the NPRM, the FAA has determined that the affected MGB housings are no longer in service and the identified unsafe condition no longer exists. Therefore, the FAA has determined that AD action is not appropriate. Withdrawal of the NPRM constitutes only such action and does not preclude the FAA from further rulemaking on this issue, nor does it commit the FAA to any course of action in the future. Comments The FAA gave the public the opportunity to comment on the NPRM. The following presents the comments received on the NPRM and the FAA’s response to each comment. Request To Clarify Certain Language in the NPRM Sikorsky Aircraft requested that the FAA clarify certain language in the NPRM. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0086; Airspace Docket No. 21–AGL–4] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Revocation of V–271 and Amendment of V–285 in the Vicinity of Manistee, MI Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to revoke the Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airway V–271 and amend the VOR Federal airway V–285 in the vicinity of Manistee, MI. The airway amendments SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15MRP1.SGM 15MRP1 14294 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 48 / Monday, March 15, 2021 / Proposed Rules khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS are necessary due to the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Manistee, MI, VOR/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) that these airways utilize for navigation guidance. The Manistee VOR is being decommissioned as part of the FAA’s VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program. DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 29, 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–2021– 0086; Airspace Docket No. 21–AGL–4 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: Jesse Acevedo, 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:14 Mar 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 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– 2021–0086; Airspace Docket No. 21– AGL–4) 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–2021–0086; Airspace Docket No. 21–AGL–4.’’ 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 PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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 Manistee, MI, VOR. This VOR was one of the candidate VORs identified for discontinuance by the FAA’s VOR MON program and listed in the Final policy statement notice, ‘‘Provision of Navigation Services for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Transition to Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) (Plan for Establishing a VOR Minimum Operational Network),’’ published in the Federal Register of July 26, 2016 (81 FR 48694), Docket No. FAA–2011–1082. The Manistee VOR is scheduled to be decommissioned on December 2, 2021. Although the VOR portion of the Manistee VOR/DME is planned for decommissioning, the co-located DME portion of the navigational aid is being retained. The VOR Federal airway dependencies to the Manistee VOR are V–271 and V–285. With the planned decommissioning of the Manistee VOR, there are no remaining navigational aids in the area that would support continuity of these airways. As such, the proposal would result in V–271 being revoked and V–285 being shortened with a new end point. To overcome the loss of V–271 and portions of V–285, instrument flight rules (IFR) traffic could use adjacent Air Traffic Systems (ATS) routes, including VOR Federal airways V–26, V–193, V–420 or request air traffic control (ATC) radar vectors to fly through or navigate around the affected area. Additionally, IFR pilots equipped with RNAV PBN could use an existing RNAV route, T–265, or navigate point to point using the existing fixes that will remain in place to support continued operations through the affected area. Visual flight rules (VFR) E:\FR\FM\15MRP1.SGM 15MRP1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 48 / Monday, March 15, 2021 / Proposed Rules 14295 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. economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Environmental Review 14 CFR Part 71 The Proposal The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 to revoke VOR Federal airway V–271 and amend VOR Federal airways V–285 due to the planned decommissioning of the Manistee, MI, VOR, in the vicinity of Manistee, MI. The proposed VOR Federal airway amendments are described below. V–271: V–271 currently extends between the Manistee, MI, VOR/DME and the Escanaba, MI, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to revoke the airway. V–285: V–285 currently extends between the Brickyard, IN, VOR/ Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) and the Traverse City, MI, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to delete a portion of the airway between the White Cloud, MI, VOR/DME and the Traverse City, MI, VOR/DME. The airway would then terminate at the White Cloud, MI, VOR/ DME. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. All radials in the VOR Federal airway descriptions below 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 airways listed in this document would be subsequently updated in the next edition of this Order. FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. 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. [Docket No. FAA–2021–0081; Airspace Docket No. 20–AAL–61] List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 AGENCY: 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:14 Mar 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 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 6010(a), Domestic VOR Federal Airways. * * V–271 * * V–285 * * * [Removed] * * * [Amended] From Brickyard, IN; Kokomo, IN; Goshen, IN; INT Goshen 038° and Kalamazoo, MI, 191° radials; Kalamazoo; INT Kalamazoo 014° and Victory, MI, 167° radials; Victory; to White Cloud, MI. * * * * * Issued in Washington, DC, on March 9, 2021. George Gonzalez, Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group. [FR Doc. 2021–05153 Filed 3–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Federal Aviation Administration RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Craig, AK Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). This action proposes to establish Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface of the earth at El Capitan Lodge, Craig, AK. This action would accommodate a new area navigation (RNAV) procedure and ensure the safety and management of instrument flight rule (IFR) operations within the National Airspace System. DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 29, 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– 2021–0081; Airspace Docket No. 20– AAL–61, 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 Airspace Policy 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: Richard Roberts, Federal Aviation Administration, Western Service Center, Operations Support Group, 2200 S 216th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone (206) 231–2245. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15MRP1.SGM 15MRP1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 48 (Monday, March 15, 2021)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 14293-14295]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-05153]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2021-0086; Airspace Docket No. 21-AGL-4]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Revocation of V-271 and Amendment of V-285 in the 
Vicinity of Manistee, MI

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to revoke the Very High Frequency 
Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airway V-271 and amend the VOR 
Federal airway V-285 in the vicinity of Manistee, MI. The airway 
amendments

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are necessary due to the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of 
the Manistee, MI, VOR/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) that these 
airways utilize for navigation guidance. The Manistee VOR is being 
decommissioned as part of the FAA's VOR Minimum Operational Network 
(MON) program.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 29, 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-2021-0086; Airspace Docket No. 21-AGL-4 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: Jesse Acevedo, 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-2021-0086; Airspace Docket No. 21-AGL-4) 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-2021-0086; Airspace Docket No. 21-AGL-4.'' 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 Manistee, MI, VOR. This VOR 
was one of the candidate VORs identified for discontinuance by the 
FAA's VOR MON program and listed in the Final policy statement notice, 
``Provision of Navigation Services for the Next Generation Air 
Transportation System (NextGen) Transition to Performance-Based 
Navigation (PBN) (Plan for Establishing a VOR Minimum Operational 
Network),'' published in the Federal Register of July 26, 2016 (81 FR 
48694), Docket No. FAA-2011-1082. The Manistee VOR is scheduled to be 
decommissioned on December 2, 2021.
    Although the VOR portion of the Manistee VOR/DME is planned for 
decommissioning, the co-located DME portion of the navigational aid is 
being retained.
    The VOR Federal airway dependencies to the Manistee VOR are V-271 
and V-285. With the planned decommissioning of the Manistee VOR, there 
are no remaining navigational aids in the area that would support 
continuity of these airways. As such, the proposal would result in V-
271 being revoked and V-285 being shortened with a new end point. To 
overcome the loss of V-271 and portions of V-285, instrument flight 
rules (IFR) traffic could use adjacent Air Traffic Systems (ATS) 
routes, including VOR Federal airways V-26, V-193, V-420 or request air 
traffic control (ATC) radar vectors to fly through or navigate around 
the affected area. Additionally, IFR pilots equipped with RNAV PBN 
could use an existing RNAV route, T-265, or navigate point to point 
using the existing fixes that will remain in place to support continued 
operations through the affected area. Visual flight rules (VFR)

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pilots who elect to navigate via the airways through the affected area 
could also take advantage of the adjacent VOR Federal airways or ATC 
services listed previously.

The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 to revoke VOR 
Federal airway V-271 and amend VOR Federal airways V-285 due to the 
planned decommissioning of the Manistee, MI, VOR, in the vicinity of 
Manistee, MI. The proposed VOR Federal airway amendments are described 
below.
    V-271: V-271 currently extends between the Manistee, MI, VOR/DME 
and the Escanaba, MI, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to revoke the airway.
    V-285: V-285 currently extends between the Brickyard, IN, VOR/
Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) and the Traverse City, MI, VOR/DME. 
The FAA proposes to delete a portion of the airway between the White 
Cloud, MI, VOR/DME and the Traverse City, MI, VOR/DME. The airway would 
then terminate at the White Cloud, MI, VOR/DME. The unaffected portions 
of the existing airway would remain as charted.
    All radials in the VOR Federal airway descriptions below 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 airways listed in this 
document would be subsequently updated in the next edition of this 
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-271 [Removed]

* * * * *

V-285 [Amended]

    From Brickyard, IN; Kokomo, IN; Goshen, IN; INT Goshen 038[deg] 
and Kalamazoo, MI, 191[deg] radials; Kalamazoo; INT Kalamazoo 
014[deg] and Victory, MI, 167[deg] radials; Victory; to White Cloud, 
MI.
* * * * *

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 9, 2021.
George Gonzalez,
Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group.
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