Proposed Amendment, Establishment, and Revocation of Multiple Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes in the Vicinity of Neosho, MO, 21243-21246 [2021-08284]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 76 / Thursday, April 22, 2021 / Proposed Rules (6) Where the service information referenced in EASA AD 2015–0157 specifies to discard certain parts, this AD requires removing the parts from service instead. (1) The Manager, International Validation 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 International Validation Branch, send it to: Manager, International Validation Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222–5110; email 9-AVS-AIR730-AMOC@faa.gov. (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. (j) Related Information (1) For EASA AD 2015–0157, contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 8999 000; email ADs@easa.europa.eu; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this EASA AD on the EASA website at https:// ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this material at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. 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–2021–0314. (2) For more information about this AD, contact Kathleen Arrigotti, Program Manager, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3218; email kathleen.arrigotti@faa.gov. [FR Doc. 2021–08179 Filed 4–21–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:20 Apr 21, 2021 Jkt 253001 Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 (i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) Issued on April 14, 2021. Gaetano A. Sciortino, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION [Docket No. FAA–2021–0276; Airspace Docket No. 21–ACE–1] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Amendment, Establishment, and Revocation of Multiple Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes in the Vicinity of Neosho, MO Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to amend Jet Route J–181 and VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways V–13, V–14, V–15, and V–307; establish Area Navigation (RNAV) routes T–411 and T–413; and remove VOR Federal airway V–506. The FAA is proposing this action due to the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Neosho, MO (EOS), VOR/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) navigation aid (NAVAID). The Neosho VOR is being decommissioned in support of the FAA’s VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program. DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 7, 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–2021–0276; Airspace Docket No. 21–ACE–1 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://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. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 21243 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colby Abbott, Rules and Regulations Group, Office of Policy, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority for This Rulemaking The FAA’s authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency’s authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of the airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it would modify the National Airspace System (NAS) as necessary to preserve the safe and efficient flow of air traffic. Comments Invited Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers (FAA Docket No. FAA– 2021–0276; Airspace Docket No. 21– ACE–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 http:// 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–2021–0276; Airspace Docket No. 21–ACE–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 E:\FR\FM\22APP1.SGM 22APP1 21244 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 76 / Thursday, April 22, 2021 / Proposed Rules 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 Neosho, MO, VOR in January 2022. The Neosho 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 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 Neosho VOR/DME is planned for decommissioning, the co-located DME portion of the NAVAID is being retained VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:20 Apr 21, 2021 Jkt 253001 to support NextGen PBN flight procedure requirements. The air traffic service (ATS) routes effected by the Neosho VOR decommissioning are Jet Route J–181 and VOR Federal airways V–13, V–14, V–15, V–307, and V–506. With the planned decommissioning of the Neosho VOR, the remaining groundbased NAVAID coverage in the area is insufficient to enable the continuity of the affected ATS routes. As such, proposed modifications to J–181, V–13, V–14, V–15, and V–307 would result in gaps in those routes and to V–506 would result in revocation of that airway. To overcome the ATS route gaps and revoked airway, instrument flight rules (IFR) traffic could use portions of adjacent ATS routes, including J–24, J– 87, V–63, V–71, V–88, V–131, V–140, V–161, V–190, and V–527, or receive air traffic control (ATC) radar vectors to fly around or through the affected area. Additionally, IFR pilots equipped with RNAV capabilities could also navigate point to point using the existing fixes that would remain in place to support continued operations though the affected area. Visual flight rules (VFR) pilots who elect to navigate via the affected ATS routes could also take advantage of the adjacent ATS routes or ATC services listed previously. Further, the FAA proposes to establish RNAV routes T–411 and T– 413 between the Razorback, AR, VORTAC and Lincoln, NE, VORTAC and between the Razorback, AR, VORTAC and Pierre, SD, VORTAC, respectively. The T-routes would, in part, mitigate the proposed removal of the V–13 segment between the Razorback, AR, VORTAC and the Butler, MO, VORTAC as noted above (T–411) and provide a non-radar route in the absence of Federal airways between the Neosho, MO, VOR/DME and the Salina, KS, VORTAC (T–413). The proposed new T-routes would also provide airspace users equipped with RNAV an en route structure between the Fayetteville, AR, area northward to the Lincoln, NE, area and between the Fayetteville, AR, area northwestward to the Pierre, SD, area. Lastly, the proposed new T-routes would support the FAA’s NextGen efforts to modernize the NAS navigation system from a ground-based system to a satellite-based system. The Proposal The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 to amend Jet Route J– 181 and VOR Federal airways V–13, V– 14, V–15, and V–307; establish RNAV routes T–411 and T–413; and remove VOR Federal airway V–506 due to the planned decommissioning of the PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Neosho, MO, VOR. The proposed ATS route actions are described below. J–181: J–181 currently extends between the Ranger, TX, VOR/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) and the Bradford, IL, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the route segment between the Okmulgee, OK, VOR/DME and the Hallsville, IL, VORTAC. The unaffected portions of the existing route would remain as charted. V–13: V–13 currently extends between the McAllen, TX, VOR/DME and the Farmington, MN, VORTAC; and between the Duluth, MN, VORTAC and the Thunder Bay, ON, Canada VOR/ DME. The airspace within Canada is excluded. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment between the Razorback, AR, VORTAC and the Butler, MO, VORTAC. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. V–14: V–14 currently extends between the Chisum, NM, VORTAC and the Flag City, OH, VORTAC; and between the Buffalo, NY, VOR/DME and the Norwich, CT, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment between the Tulsa, OK, VORTAC and the Springfield, MO, VORTAC. Additional changes to other portions of the airway have been proposed in two separate NPRMs. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. V–15: V–15 currently extends between the Navasota, TX, VOR/DME and the Bonham, TX, VORTAC; between the Okmulgee, OK, VOR/DME and the Neosho, MO, VOR/DME; and between the Aberdeen, SD, VOR/DME and the Minot, ND, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment between the Okmulgee, OK, VOR/DME and the Neosho, MO, VOR/ DME. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. V–307: V–307 currently extends between the Harrison, AR, VOR/DME and the Omaha, IA, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment between the Harrison, AR, VOR/DME and the Oswego, KS, VOR/DME. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. V–506: V–506 currently extends between the Tulsa, OK, VORTAC and the Springfield, MO, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway in its entirety. T–411: T–411 is a proposed new route that would extend between the Razorback, AR, VORTAC and the Lincoln, NE, VORTAC. This T-route would mitigate the loss of the V–13 airway segment proposed to be removed and provide RNAV routing capability E:\FR\FM\22APP1.SGM 22APP1 21245 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 76 / Thursday, April 22, 2021 / Proposed Rules from the Fayetteville, AR, area northward to the Lincoln, NE, area. T–413: T–413 is a proposed new route that would extend between the Razorback, AR, VORTAC and the Pierre, SD, VORTAC. This T-route would provide a non-radar route in the absence of Federal airways between the Neosho, MO, VOR/DME and the Salina, KS, VORTAC, as well as RNAV routing capability from the Fayetteville, AR, area, northwestward to the Pierre, SD, area. All NAVAID radials listed in the ATS route descriptions below are unchanged and stated in True degrees. Jet Routes are published in paragraph 2004, VOR Federal airways are published in paragraph 6010(a), and 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 published subsequently in the Order. FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. Regulatory Notices and Analyses The FAA has determined that this proposed regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. It, therefore: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under Department of Transportation (DOT) Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this proposed rule, when promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Environmental Review This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, ‘‘Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures,’’ prior to any FAA final regulatory action. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). The Proposed Amendment In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows: PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959–1963 Comp., p. 389. § 71.1 [Amended] 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and effective September 15, 2020, is amended as follows: ■ Paragraph 2004 Jet Routes. * * * * T–411 Razorback, AR Razorback, AR (RZC) DROOP, MO Butler, MO (BUM) Topeka, KS (TOP) Lincoln, NE (LNK) * * 17:20 Apr 21, 2021 Jkt 253001 * PO 00000 Frm 00018 SD (PIR) [New] (Lat. 36°14′47.14″ (Lat. 37°06′09.12″ (Lat. 38°17′28.11″ (Lat. 38°55′30.50″ (Lat. 40°59′02.50″ (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. 41°24′52.04″ 42°29′20.26″ 42°53′07.44″ 43°30′45.88″ 44°23′40.40″ Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 * V–13 * Domestic VOR Federal * * [Amended] From McAllen, TX; INT McAllen 060° radial and Corpus Christi, TX, 178° radials; Corpus Christi; INT Corpus Christi 039° and Palacios, TX, 241° radials; Palacios; Humble, TX; Lufkin, TX; Belcher, LA; Texarkana, AR; Rich Mountain, OK; Fort Smith, AR; INT Fort Smith 006° and Razorback, AR, 190° radials; to Razorback. From Butler, MO; Napoleon, MO; Lamoni, IA; Des Moines, IA; Mason City, IA; to Farmington, MN. From Duluth, MN; to Thunder Bay, ON, Canada. The airspace outside the United States is excluded. * * V–14 * * * [Amended] From Chisum, NM; Lubbock, TX; Childress, TX; Hobart, OK; Will Rogers, OK; INT Will Rogers 052° and Tulsa, OK, 246° radials; to Tulsa. From Springfield, MO; Vichy, MO; INT Vichy 067° and St. Louis, MO, 225° radials; St. Louis; Vandalia, IL; Terre Haute, IN; Brickyard, IN; Muncie, IN; to Flag City, OH. From Buffalo, NY; Geneseo, NY; Georgetown, NY; INT Georgetown 093° and Albany, NY, 270° radials; Albany; INT Albany 084° and Gardner, MA, 284° radials; Gardner; to Norwich, CT. * * V–15 * * * [Amended] From Navasota, TX; College Station, TX; Waco, TX; Cedar Creek, TX; to Bonham, TX. From Aberdeen, SD; Bismarck, ND; to Minot, ND. * * V–307 * * * [Amended] From Oswego, KS; Chanute, KS; Emporia, KS; INT Emporia 336° and Pawnee City, NE, 194° radials; Pawnee City; to Omaha, IA. * V–506 * * * * [Removed] * * * * Paragraph 6011 United States Area Navigation Routes. * (RZC) to Lincoln, NE (LNK) [New] VORTAC (Lat. 36°14′47.14″ N, FIX (Lat. 37°06′09.12″ N, VORTAC (Lat. 38°16′19.49″ N, VORTAC (Lat. 39°08′13.48″ N, VORTAC (Lat. 40°55′25.66″ N, T–413 Razorback, AR (RZC) to Pierre, Razorback, AR (RZC) VORTAC DROOP, MO FIX Emporia, KS (EMP) VORTAC VORTAC Salina, KS (SLN) Grand Island, NE VOR/DME (GRI) ISTIQ, NE WP LLUKY, NE WP MMINI, NE WP JMBAG, SD WP Pierre, SD (PIR) VORTAC VerDate Sep<11>2014 * * * * J–181 [Amended] From Ranger, TX; to Okmulgee, OK. From Hallsville, MO; INT Hallsville 053° and Bradford, IL, 219° radials; to Bradford. * Paragraph 6010(a) Airways. * long. long. long. long. long. 094°07′17.01″ 094°26′42.39″ 094°29′17.74″ 095°32′57.01″ 096°44′31.23″ W) W) W) W) W) N, N, N, N, N, long. long. long. long. long. 094°07′17.01″ 094°26′42.39″ 096°08′17.22″ 097°37′16.80″ 098°18′53.20″ W) W) W) W) W) N, N, N, N, N, long. long. long. long. long. 098°24′18.89″ 098°38′11.44″ 099°37′35.54″ 100°08′45.77″ 100°09′46.11″ W) W) W) W) W) E:\FR\FM\22APP1.SGM * 22APP1 * * 21246 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 76 / Thursday, April 22, 2021 / Proposed Rules Issued in Washington, DC. George Gonzalez, Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group. Dated: April 15, 2021. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–08284 Filed 4–21–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P the proposed regulations, Juli Ro Kim, at (202) 317–6859 (not toll-free numbers). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [FR Doc. 2021–08236 Filed 4–21–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. RM20–16–000] Managing Transmission Line Ratings; Correction Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; correction. AGENCY: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register of January 21, 2021, seeking comments on reforming both the pro forma Open Access Transmission Tariff and the Commission’s regulations under the Federal Power Act to improve the accuracy and transparency of transmission line ratings. As published in the Federal Register, the paragraph number for paragraph 66 was incorrectly omitted and all paragraphs subsequent to paragraph 66 were incorrectly numbered. This correction corrects the paragraph numbers. DATES: The comments were due March 22, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ryan Stroschein, Office of the General Counsel, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426. (202) 502–8099 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Correction In the Federal Register of January 21, 2021 at 86 FR 6420 in FR Doc. 2020– 26107, on page 6430, in the first column, correct the paragraph that begins ‘‘NRECA states that while it would support a reasoned approach to implementing transmission line rating changes, it does not support a Commission mandate to implement either AARs or DLRs . . . .’’ by inserting paragraph number 66 at the beginning of that paragraph. Further, amend each paragraph number subsequent to corrected paragraph number 66 in the notice of proposed rulemaking so as to display them in an accurate numerical order. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:20 Apr 21, 2021 Jkt 253001 The proposed regulations that are the subject of this correction are under section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code. Internal Revenue Service Need for Correction 26 CFR Part 300 As published, the notice of proposed regulations (REG–114615–16) contains an error that needs to be corrected. [REG–114615–16] 18 CFR Part 35 Background RIN 1545–BP75 Correction of Publication User Fee for Estate Tax Closing Letter; Correction ■ Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Correction to a notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: This document contains a correction to a notice of proposed rulemaking (REG–114615–16) that was published in the Federal Register on December 31, 2020. The proposed regulations establishing a new user fee for authorized persons who wish to request the issuance of IRS Letter 627, also referred to as an estate tax closing letter. DATES: Written or electronic comments and requests for a public hearing are still being accepted and must be received by March 1, 2021. ADDRESSES: Commenters are strongly encouraged to submit public comments electronically. Submit electronic submissions via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov (indicate IRS and REG–114615–16) by following the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted to the Federal eRulemaking Portal, comments cannot be edited or withdrawn. The IRS expects to have limited personnel available to process public comments that are submitted on paper through mail. The Department of the Treasury (the ‘‘Treasury Department’’) and the IRS will publish for public availability any comment submitted electronically, and to the extent practicable on paper, submissions to: CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG– 114615–16), Room 5203, Internal Revenue Service, P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044. 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[FR Doc. 2021–08390 Filed 4–21–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 30 CFR Part 943 [SATS No. TX–072–FOR; Docket ID: OSM– 2020–0006; S1D1S SS08011000 SX064A000 212S180110; S2D2S SS08011000 SX064A000 21XS501520] Texas Regulatory Program Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule; public comment period and opportunity for public hearing on proposed amendment. AGENCY: We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Texas regulatory program (Texas program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Texas proposes administrative revisions to its regulations to update, correct, and clarify existing rules. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 76 (Thursday, April 22, 2021)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2021-0276; Airspace Docket No. 21-ACE-1]
RIN 2120-AA66


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

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to amend Jet Route J-181 and VHF 
Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways V-13, V-14, V-15, and V-
307; establish Area Navigation (RNAV) routes T-411 and T-413; and 
remove VOR Federal airway V-506. The FAA is proposing this action due 
to the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Neosho, MO 
(EOS), VOR/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) navigation aid 
(NAVAID). The Neosho VOR is being decommissioned in support of the 
FAA's VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 7, 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-2021-0276; Airspace Docket No. 21-ACE-1 at the beginning of your 
comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at http://www.regulations.gov.
    FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and 
subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://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 National Airspace System (NAS) as 
necessary to preserve the safe and efficient flow of air traffic.

Comments Invited

    Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed 
rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments as they 
may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the 
views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing 
reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are 
specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, 
environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal.
    Communications should identify both docket numbers (FAA Docket No. 
FAA-2021-0276; Airspace Docket No. 21-ACE-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 http://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-2021-0276; Airspace Docket No. 21-ACE-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

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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 Neosho, MO, VOR in January 
2022. The Neosho VOR was one of the candidate VORs identified for 
discontinuance by the FAA's VOR MON program and listed in the Final 
policy statement notice, ``Provision of Navigation Services for the 
Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Transition to 
Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) (Plan for Establishing a VOR Minimum 
Operational Network),'' published in the Federal Register of July 26, 
2016 (81 FR 48694), Docket No. FAA-2011-1082.
    Although the VOR portion of the Neosho VOR/DME is planned for 
decommissioning, the co-located DME portion of the NAVAID is being 
retained to support NextGen PBN flight procedure requirements.
    The air traffic service (ATS) routes effected by the Neosho VOR 
decommissioning are Jet Route J-181 and VOR Federal airways V-13, V-14, 
V-15, V-307, and V-506. With the planned decommissioning of the Neosho 
VOR, the remaining ground-based NAVAID coverage in the area is 
insufficient to enable the continuity of the affected ATS routes. As 
such, proposed modifications to J-181, V-13, V-14, V-15, and V-307 
would result in gaps in those routes and to V-506 would result in 
revocation of that airway. To overcome the ATS route gaps and revoked 
airway, instrument flight rules (IFR) traffic could use portions of 
adjacent ATS routes, including J-24, J-87, V-63, V-71, V-88, V-131, V-
140, V-161, V-190, and V-527, or receive air traffic control (ATC) 
radar vectors to fly around or through the affected area. Additionally, 
IFR pilots equipped with RNAV capabilities could also navigate point to 
point using the existing fixes that would remain in place to support 
continued operations though the affected area. Visual flight rules 
(VFR) pilots who elect to navigate via the affected ATS routes could 
also take advantage of the adjacent ATS routes or ATC services listed 
previously.
    Further, the FAA proposes to establish RNAV routes T-411 and T-413 
between the Razorback, AR, VORTAC and Lincoln, NE, VORTAC and between 
the Razorback, AR, VORTAC and Pierre, SD, VORTAC, respectively. The T-
routes would, in part, mitigate the proposed removal of the V-13 
segment between the Razorback, AR, VORTAC and the Butler, MO, VORTAC as 
noted above (T-411) and provide a non-radar route in the absence of 
Federal airways between the Neosho, MO, VOR/DME and the Salina, KS, 
VORTAC (T-413). The proposed new T-routes would also provide airspace 
users equipped with RNAV an en route structure between the 
Fayetteville, AR, area northward to the Lincoln, NE, area and between 
the Fayetteville, AR, area northwestward to the Pierre, SD, area. 
Lastly, the proposed new T-routes would support the FAA's NextGen 
efforts to modernize the NAS navigation system from a ground-based 
system to a satellite-based system.

The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 to amend Jet 
Route J-181 and VOR Federal airways V-13, V-14, V-15, and V-307; 
establish RNAV routes T-411 and T-413; and remove VOR Federal airway V-
506 due to the planned decommissioning of the Neosho, MO, VOR. The 
proposed ATS route actions are described below.
    J-181: J-181 currently extends between the Ranger, TX, VOR/Tactical 
Air Navigation (VORTAC) and the Bradford, IL, VORTAC. The FAA proposes 
to remove the route segment between the Okmulgee, OK, VOR/DME and the 
Hallsville, IL, VORTAC. The unaffected portions of the existing route 
would remain as charted.
    V-13: V-13 currently extends between the McAllen, TX, VOR/DME and 
the Farmington, MN, VORTAC; and between the Duluth, MN, VORTAC and the 
Thunder Bay, ON, Canada VOR/DME. The airspace within Canada is 
excluded. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment between the 
Razorback, AR, VORTAC and the Butler, MO, VORTAC. The unaffected 
portions of the existing airway would remain as charted.
    V-14: V-14 currently extends between the Chisum, NM, VORTAC and the 
Flag City, OH, VORTAC; and between the Buffalo, NY, VOR/DME and the 
Norwich, CT, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment 
between the Tulsa, OK, VORTAC and the Springfield, MO, VORTAC. 
Additional changes to other portions of the airway have been proposed 
in two separate NPRMs. The unaffected portions of the existing airway 
would remain as charted.
    V-15: V-15 currently extends between the Navasota, TX, VOR/DME and 
the Bonham, TX, VORTAC; between the Okmulgee, OK, VOR/DME and the 
Neosho, MO, VOR/DME; and between the Aberdeen, SD, VOR/DME and the 
Minot, ND, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment 
between the Okmulgee, OK, VOR/DME and the Neosho, MO, VOR/DME. The 
unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted.
    V-307: V-307 currently extends between the Harrison, AR, VOR/DME 
and the Omaha, IA, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway 
segment between the Harrison, AR, VOR/DME and the Oswego, KS, VOR/DME. 
The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted.
    V-506: V-506 currently extends between the Tulsa, OK, VORTAC and 
the Springfield, MO, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway in 
its entirety.
    T-411: T-411 is a proposed new route that would extend between the 
Razorback, AR, VORTAC and the Lincoln, NE, VORTAC. This T-route would 
mitigate the loss of the V-13 airway segment proposed to be removed and 
provide RNAV routing capability

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from the Fayetteville, AR, area northward to the Lincoln, NE, area.
    T-413: T-413 is a proposed new route that would extend between the 
Razorback, AR, VORTAC and the Pierre, SD, VORTAC. This T-route would 
provide a non-radar route in the absence of Federal airways between the 
Neosho, MO, VOR/DME and the Salina, KS, VORTAC, as well as RNAV routing 
capability from the Fayetteville, AR, area, northwestward to the 
Pierre, SD, area.
    All NAVAID radials listed in the ATS route descriptions below are 
unchanged and stated in True degrees.
    Jet Routes are published in paragraph 2004, VOR Federal airways are 
published in paragraph 6010(a), and 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 published 
subsequently in the Order.
    FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is 
published yearly and effective on September 15.

Regulatory Notices and Analyses

    The FAA has determined that this proposed regulation only involves 
an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and 
routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. 
It, therefore: (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under 
Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a ``significant rule'' under 
Department of Transportation (DOT) Regulatory Policies and Procedures 
(44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation 
of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. 
Since this is a routine matter that will only affect air traffic 
procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this proposed rule, 
when promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Environmental Review

    This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in 
accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, ``Environmental Impacts: Policies 
and Procedures,'' prior to any FAA final regulatory action.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

The Proposed Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation 
Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

PART 71--DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR 
TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS

0
1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 
10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.


Sec.  71.1   [Amended]

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2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.11E, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and 
effective September 15, 2020, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 2004 Jet Routes.

* * * * *

J-181 [Amended]

    From Ranger, TX; to Okmulgee, OK. From Hallsville, MO; INT 
Hallsville 053[deg] and Bradford, IL, 219[deg] radials; to Bradford.
* * * * *

Paragraph 6010(a) Domestic VOR Federal Airways.

* * * * *

V-13 [Amended]

    From McAllen, TX; INT McAllen 060[deg] radial and Corpus 
Christi, TX, 178[deg] radials; Corpus Christi; INT Corpus Christi 
039[deg] and Palacios, TX, 241[deg] radials; Palacios; Humble, TX; 
Lufkin, TX; Belcher, LA; Texarkana, AR; Rich Mountain, OK; Fort 
Smith, AR; INT Fort Smith 006[deg] and Razorback, AR, 190[deg] 
radials; to Razorback. From Butler, MO; Napoleon, MO; Lamoni, IA; 
Des Moines, IA; Mason City, IA; to Farmington, MN. From Duluth, MN; 
to Thunder Bay, ON, Canada. The airspace outside the United States 
is excluded.
* * * * *

V-14 [Amended]

    From Chisum, NM; Lubbock, TX; Childress, TX; Hobart, OK; Will 
Rogers, OK; INT Will Rogers 052[deg] and Tulsa, OK, 246[deg] 
radials; to Tulsa. From Springfield, MO; Vichy, MO; INT Vichy 
067[deg] and St. Louis, MO, 225[deg] radials; St. Louis; Vandalia, 
IL; Terre Haute, IN; Brickyard, IN; Muncie, IN; to Flag City, OH. 
From Buffalo, NY; Geneseo, NY; Georgetown, NY; INT Georgetown 
093[deg] and Albany, NY, 270[deg] radials; Albany; INT Albany 
084[deg] and Gardner, MA, 284[deg] radials; Gardner; to Norwich, CT.
* * * * *

V-15 [Amended]

    From Navasota, TX; College Station, TX; Waco, TX; Cedar Creek, 
TX; to Bonham, TX. From Aberdeen, SD; Bismarck, ND; to Minot, ND.
* * * * *

V-307 [Amended]

    From Oswego, KS; Chanute, KS; Emporia, KS; INT Emporia 336[deg] 
and Pawnee City, NE, 194[deg] radials; Pawnee City; to Omaha, IA.
* * * * *

V-506 [Removed]

* * * * *

Paragraph 6011 United States Area Navigation Routes.

* * * * *

T-411 Razorback, AR (RZC) to Lincoln, NE (LNK) [New]
 
Razorback, AR (RZC)          VORTAC              (Lat. 36[deg]14'47.14'' N, long. 094[deg]07'17.01'' W)
DROOP, MO                    FIX                 (Lat. 37[deg]06'09.12'' N, long. 094[deg]26'42.39'' W)
Butler, MO (BUM)             VORTAC              (Lat. 38[deg]16'19.49'' N, long. 094[deg]29'17.74'' W)
Topeka, KS (TOP)             VORTAC              (Lat. 39[deg]08'13.48'' N, long. 095[deg]32'57.01'' W)
Lincoln, NE (LNK)            VORTAC              (Lat. 40[deg]55'25.66'' N, long. 096[deg]44'31.23'' W)
 
T-413 Razorback, AR (RZC) to Pierre, SD (PIR) [New]
 
Razorback, AR (RZC)          VORTAC              (Lat. 36[deg]14'47.14'' N, long. 094[deg]07'17.01'' W)
DROOP, MO                    FIX                 (Lat. 37[deg]06'09.12'' N, long. 094[deg]26'42.39'' W)
Emporia, KS (EMP)            VORTAC              (Lat. 38[deg]17'28.11'' N, long. 096[deg]08'17.22'' W)
Salina, KS (SLN)             VORTAC              (Lat. 38[deg]55'30.50'' N, long. 097[deg]37'16.80'' W)
Grand Island, NE (GRI)       VOR/DME             (Lat. 40[deg]59'02.50'' N, long. 098[deg]18'53.20'' W)
ISTIQ, NE                    WP                  (Lat. 41[deg]24'52.04'' N, long. 098[deg]24'18.89'' W)
LLUKY, NE                    WP                  (Lat. 42[deg]29'20.26'' N, long. 098[deg]38'11.44'' W)
MMINI, NE                    WP                  (Lat. 42[deg]53'07.44'' N, long. 099[deg]37'35.54'' W)
JMBAG, SD                    WP                  (Lat. 43[deg]30'45.88'' N, long. 100[deg]08'45.77'' W)
Pierre, SD (PIR)             VORTAC              (Lat. 44[deg]23'40.40'' N, long. 100[deg]09'46.11'' W)
 



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    Issued in Washington, DC.
George Gonzalez,
Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group.
[FR Doc. 2021-08284 Filed 4-21-21; 8:45 am]
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