Proposed Amendment of United States Area Navigation Route (RNAV) T-222; Bethel, AK, 52862-52864 [2021-20577]

Download as PDF 52862 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 182 / Thursday, September 23, 2021 / Proposed Rules (5) Where EASA AD 2021–0046 refers to flight hours (FH), this AD requires using hours time-in-service. (6) Paragraphs (3) and (4) of EASA AD 2021–0046 refer to ‘‘discrepancies.’’ For this AD, discrepancies include corrosion, fretting, wear, cracking, bolt play, twist, shearing, rupture, and bolt tightening torque. (7) Where EASA AD 2021–0046 specifies to contact the manufacturer for repair instructions, this AD requires the repair to be done in accordance with a method approved by the Manager, General Aviation and Rotorcraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus Helicopter’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized signature. (8) Paragraph (5) of EASA AD 2021–0046 specifies to report inspection results to Airbus Helicopters within a certain compliance time. For this AD, report inspection results at the applicable time specified in paragraph (h)(8)(i) or (ii) of this AD. (i) If the inspection was done on or after May 7, 2021 (the effective date of AD 2021– 04–21): Submit the report within 30 days after the inspection. (ii) If the inspection was done before May 7, 2021 (the effective date of AD 2021–04– 21): Submit the report within 30 days after May 7, 2021. (i) Special Flight Permit Special flight permits, as described in 14 CFR 21.197 and 21.199, are not allowed. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with PROPOSALS1 (k) Related Information (1) For EASA AD 2021–0046, contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; phone: +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–2021–0829. 16:31 Sep 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 Issued on September 16, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–20414 Filed 9–22–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0803; Airspace Docket No. 19–AAL–58] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Amendment of United States Area Navigation Route (RNAV) T–222; Bethel, AK Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to amend United States Area Navigation (RNAV) route T–222 in the vicinity of Bethel, AK in support of a large and comprehensive T-route modernization project for the state of Alaska. DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 8, 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–2021–0803; Airspace Docket No. 19–AAL–58 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. FAA Order JO 7400.11F, 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 the Order at NARA, email: fr.inspection@ SUMMARY: (j) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (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 the attention of the person identified in paragraph (k)(2) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 (2) For more information about this AD, contact Hal Jensen, Aerospace Engineer, Operational Safety Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 950 L’Enfant Plaza N SW, Washington, DC 20024; phone: (202) 267–9167; email: hal.jensen@faa.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 nara.gov or go to https:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ ibr-locations.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher McMullin, 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 expand the availability of RNAV routing in Alaska and improve the efficient flow of air traffic within the National Airspace System (NAS) by lessening the dependency on ground based navigation. 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– 2021–0803; Airspace Docket No. 19– AAL–58) 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–2021–0803; Airspace Docket No. 19–AAL–58.’’ The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. E:\FR\FM\23SEP1.SGM 23SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 182 / Thursday, September 23, 2021 / Proposed Rules 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 NPRM 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 Western Service Center, Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with PROPOSALS1 Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference This document proposes to amend FAA Order JO 7400.11F, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 10, 2021, and effective September 15, 2021. The Order is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. The Order lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points. Background In 2003, Congress enacted the Vision 100—Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act (Pub. L. 108–176), which established a joint planning and development office in the FAA to manage the work related to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). Today, NextGen is an ongoing FAA-led modernization of the nation’s air transportation system to make flying safer, more efficient, and more predictable. In support of NextGen, this proposal is part of a larger and comprehensive Troute modernization project in the state VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:31 Sep 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 of Alaska. The project mission statement states: ‘‘To modernize Alaska’s Air Traffic Service route structure using satellite based navigation Development of new T-routes and optimization of existing T-routes will enhance safety, increase efficiency and access, and will provide enroute continuity that is not subject to the restrictions associated with ground based airway navigation.’’ As part of this project, the FAA evaluated the existing Colored Airway structure for: (a) Direct replacement (i.e., overlay) with a T-route that offers a similar or lower Minimum Enroute Altitude (MEA) or Global Navigation Satellite System Minimum Enroute Altitude (GNSS MEA); (b) the replacement of the colored airway with a T-route in an optimized but similar geographic area, while retaining similar or lower MEA; or (c) removal with no route structure (T-route) restored in that area because the value was determined to be insignificant. The aviation industry/users have indicated a desire for the FAA to transition the Alaskan enroute navigation structure away from dependency on Non-Directional Beacons (NDB), and move to develop and improve the RNAV route structure. Given these facts, the FAA proposes to amend two segments of RNAV route T– 222. The amendments would reroute the segment between the Bethel (BET), AK, VHF omnidirectional range beacon and tactical air navigation system (VORTAC) to the UTICE, AK, waypoint (WP), and cancel the segment between the BAERE, AK, WP and the Saint Paul Island (SPY), AK, NDB. The proposed amendment of these segments would provide for lower MEAs while also ensuring that the appropriate route criteria is met along the entire route. The Proposal The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 to amend RNAV route T–222 in the vicinity of Bethel, AK in support of a large and comprehensive Troute modernization project for the state of Alaska. The proposed route changes are described below. T–222: T–222 currently extends from the BAERE, AK, WP to the Fairbanks (FAI), AK, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to reroute the segment between BET and the UTICE, AK, WP by adding five additional WPs (CABOT, WOGAX, IKUFU, JILSI, and CYCAS) in the vicinity of Aniak, AK. The additional WPs will allow for a lower GNSS MEA that would more closely match the current colored airway, R–39, and would serve as an acceptable alternative. The RUFVY WP, which was in the original legal description, would PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 52863 be removed due to it not being a turn point. Additionally, the FAA proposes to cancel the segment between BAERE WP and SPY, due to changes in route criteria that would require a raising of the GNSS MEA due to terrain near BAERE WP and limitation of two-way VHF communications for the over-water portion to SPY. Loss of this segment would be mitigated by utilizing VOR Federal airway V–480 that parallels the existing route. The rest of the route would remain unchanged. United States Area Navigation Routes are published in paragraph 6011 of FAA Order JO 7400.11F dated August 10, 2021 and effective September 15, 2021, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The RNAV route listed in this document would be published subsequently in the Order. FAA Order JO 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: E:\FR\FM\23SEP1.SGM 23SEP1 52864 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 182 / Thursday, September 23, 2021 / Proposed Rules PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 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. Points, dated August 10, 2021, and effective September 15, 2021, is amended as follows: § 71.1 Paragraph 6011 United States Area Navigation Routes. [Amended] 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order JO 7400.11F, Airspace Designations and Reporting ■ 1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows: ■ T–222 ST. PAUL ISLAND, AK TO FAIRBANKS, ST. PAUL ISLAND, AK (SPY) BETHEL, AK (BET) CABOT, AK WOGAX, AK IKUFU, AK JILSI, AK CYCAS, AK UTICE, AK MC GRATH, AK (MCG) NENANA, AK (ENN) FAIRBANKS, AK (FAI) * * * * * Issued in Washington, DC, on September 17, 2021. Michael R. Beckles, Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group. [FR Doc. 2021–20577 Filed 9–22–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA–R04–OAR–2020–0428; FRL–8911–01– R4] Air Plan Approval; TN; Montgomery County Limited Maintenance Plan for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone NAAQS Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Air Pollution Control Division, on June 23, 2020. The SIP revision includes the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) Limited Maintenance Plan (LMP) for the Montgomery County, Tennessee portion of the Clarksville-Hopkinsville Area (hereinafter referred to as the ‘‘Montgomery County Area’’ or ‘‘Area’’). The Clarksville-Hopkinsville Area is comprised of Montgomery County, Tennessee, and Christian County, Kentucky. EPA is proposing to approve Tennessee’s LMP for the Montgomery County Area because it provides for the maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS within the Montgomery County Area through the end of the second 10- lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with PROPOSALS1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:31 Sep 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 * * * * AK [AMENDED] NDB VORTAC WP WP WP WP WP WP VORTAC VORTAC VORTAC (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. 57°09′25.20″ 60°47′05.41″ 61°12′01.32″ 61°29′41.04″ 61°40′34.53″ 61°46′52.14″ 61°52′23.15″ 62°18′35.36″ 62°57′03.72″ 64°35′24.04″ 64°48′00.25″ N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. year portion of the maintenance period. The effect of this action would be to make certain commitments related to maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS in the Montgomery County Area federally enforceable as part of the Tennessee SIP. DATES: Comments must be received on or before October 25, 2021. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–R04– OAR–2020–0428 at https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed from Regulations.gov. EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e., on the web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit https://www2.epa.gov/dockets/ commenting-epa-dockets. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah LaRocca, Air Regulatory Management Section, Air Planning and Implementation Branch, Air and Radiation Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, 61 Forsyth Street SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303–8960. The telephone number is (404) 562– 8994. Ms. LaRocca can also be reached PO 00000 * Frm 00021 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 170°13′58.77″ 161°49′27.59″ 160°45′20.93″ 160°06′19.41″ 159°52′35.43″ 159°31′07.72″ 159°13′52.38″ 157°37′56.78″ 155°36′40.97″ 149°04′22.34″ 148°00′43.11″ W) W) W) W) W) W) W) W) W) W) W) via electronic mail at larocca.sarah@ epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents I. Summary of EPA’s Proposed Action II. Background III. Tennessee’s SIP Submittal IV. EPA’s Evaluation of Tennessee’s SIP Submittal A. Attainment Emissions Inventory B. Maintenance Demonstration C. Monitoring Network and Verification of Continued Attainment D. Contingency Plan E. Conclusion V. Transportation Conformity VI. Proposed Action VII. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews I. Summary of EPA’s Proposed Action In accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act), EPA is proposing to approve the Montgomery County Area LMP for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS, adopted by TDEC on June 10, 2020, and submitted by TDEC as a revision to the Tennessee SIP on June 23, 2020. In 2004, the Montgomery County Area was designated as nonattainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. Subsequently, in 2005, after having clean data and EPA’s approval of a maintenance plan, the Area was redesignated to attainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. See 70 FR 55559 (September 22, 2005). The Montgomery County Area LMP, submitted by TDEC on June 23, 2020, is designed to maintain the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS within the Montgomery County Area through the end of the second 10-year portion of the maintenance period beyond redesignation. EPA is proposing to approve the plan because it meets all applicable requirements under CAA sections 110 and 175A. As a general matter, the Montgomery County Area LMP relies on the same E:\FR\FM\23SEP1.SGM 23SEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 182 (Thursday, September 23, 2021)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-20577]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2021-0803; Airspace Docket No. 19-AAL-58]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Amendment of United States Area Navigation Route (RNAV) 
T-222; Bethel, AK

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to amend United States Area Navigation 
(RNAV) route T-222 in the vicinity of Bethel, AK in support of a large 
and comprehensive T-route modernization project for the state of 
Alaska.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 8, 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-2021-0803; Airspace Docket No. 19-AAL-58 at the beginning of your 
comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. FAA Order JO 7400.11F, 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 the Order at NARA, email: 
[email protected] or go to https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher McMullin, 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 expand the availability of RNAV routing in Alaska 
and improve the efficient flow of air traffic within the National 
Airspace System (NAS) by lessening the dependency on ground based 
navigation.

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-2021-0803; Airspace Docket No. 19-AAL-58) 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-2021-0803; Airspace Docket No. 19-AAL-58.'' The 
postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.

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    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 NPRM

    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 Western Service Center, Operations 
Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 2200 South 216th St., 
Des Moines, WA 98198.

Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

    This document proposes to amend FAA Order JO 7400.11F, Airspace 
Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 10, 2021, and effective 
September 15, 2021. The Order is publicly available as listed in the 
ADDRESSES section of this document. The Order lists Class A, B, C, D, 
and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points.

Background

    In 2003, Congress enacted the Vision 100--Century of Aviation 
Reauthorization Act (Pub. L. 108-176), which established a joint 
planning and development office in the FAA to manage the work related 
to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). Today, 
NextGen is an ongoing FAA-led modernization of the nation's air 
transportation system to make flying safer, more efficient, and more 
predictable.
    In support of NextGen, this proposal is part of a larger and 
comprehensive T-route modernization project in the state of Alaska. The 
project mission statement states: ``To modernize Alaska's Air Traffic 
Service route structure using satellite based navigation Development of 
new T-routes and optimization of existing T-routes will enhance safety, 
increase efficiency and access, and will provide enroute continuity 
that is not subject to the restrictions associated with ground based 
airway navigation.'' As part of this project, the FAA evaluated the 
existing Colored Airway structure for: (a) Direct replacement (i.e., 
overlay) with a T-route that offers a similar or lower Minimum Enroute 
Altitude (MEA) or Global Navigation Satellite System Minimum Enroute 
Altitude (GNSS MEA); (b) the replacement of the colored airway with a 
T-route in an optimized but similar geographic area, while retaining 
similar or lower MEA; or (c) removal with no route structure (T-route) 
restored in that area because the value was determined to be 
insignificant.
    The aviation industry/users have indicated a desire for the FAA to 
transition the Alaskan enroute navigation structure away from 
dependency on Non-Directional Beacons (NDB), and move to develop and 
improve the RNAV route structure. Given these facts, the FAA proposes 
to amend two segments of RNAV route T-222. The amendments would reroute 
the segment between the Bethel (BET), AK, VHF omnidirectional range 
beacon and tactical air navigation system (VORTAC) to the UTICE, AK, 
waypoint (WP), and cancel the segment between the BAERE, AK, WP and the 
Saint Paul Island (SPY), AK, NDB. The proposed amendment of these 
segments would provide for lower MEAs while also ensuring that the 
appropriate route criteria is met along the entire route.

The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 to amend RNAV 
route T-222 in the vicinity of Bethel, AK in support of a large and 
comprehensive T-route modernization project for the state of Alaska. 
The proposed route changes are described below.
    T-222: T-222 currently extends from the BAERE, AK, WP to the 
Fairbanks (FAI), AK, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to reroute the segment 
between BET and the UTICE, AK, WP by adding five additional WPs (CABOT, 
WOGAX, IKUFU, JILSI, and CYCAS) in the vicinity of Aniak, AK. The 
additional WPs will allow for a lower GNSS MEA that would more closely 
match the current colored airway, R-39, and would serve as an 
acceptable alternative. The RUFVY WP, which was in the original legal 
description, would be removed due to it not being a turn point. 
Additionally, the FAA proposes to cancel the segment between BAERE WP 
and SPY, due to changes in route criteria that would require a raising 
of the GNSS MEA due to terrain near BAERE WP and limitation of two-way 
VHF communications for the over-water portion to SPY. Loss of this 
segment would be mitigated by utilizing VOR Federal airway V-480 that 
parallels the existing route. The rest of the route would remain 
unchanged.
    United States Area Navigation Routes are published in paragraph 
6011 of FAA Order JO 7400.11F dated August 10, 2021 and effective 
September 15, 2021, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. 
The RNAV route listed in this document would be published subsequently 
in the Order.
    FAA Order JO 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:

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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 JO 
7400.11F, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 10, 
2021, and effective September 15, 2021, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6011 United States Area Navigation Routes.

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T-222 ST. PAUL ISLAND, AK to FAIRBANKS, AK [Amended]
 
ST. PAUL ISLAND, AK (SPY)                             NDB                          (Lat. 57[deg]09'25.20'' N, long. 170[deg]13'58.77'' W)
BETHEL, AK (BET)                                      VORTAC                       (Lat. 60[deg]47'05.41'' N, long. 161[deg]49'27.59'' W)
CABOT, AK                                             WP                           (Lat. 61[deg]12'01.32'' N, long. 160[deg]45'20.93'' W)
WOGAX, AK                                             WP                           (Lat. 61[deg]29'41.04'' N, long. 160[deg]06'19.41'' W)
IKUFU, AK                                             WP                           (Lat. 61[deg]40'34.53'' N, long. 159[deg]52'35.43'' W)
JILSI, AK                                             WP                           (Lat. 61[deg]46'52.14'' N, long. 159[deg]31'07.72'' W)
CYCAS, AK                                             WP                           (Lat. 61[deg]52'23.15'' N, long. 159[deg]13'52.38'' W)
UTICE, AK                                             WP                           (Lat. 62[deg]18'35.36'' N, long. 157[deg]37'56.78'' W)
MC GRATH, AK (MCG)                                    VORTAC                       (Lat. 62[deg]57'03.72'' N, long. 155[deg]36'40.97'' W)
NENANA, AK (ENN)                                      VORTAC                       (Lat. 64[deg]35'24.04'' N, long. 149[deg]04'22.34'' W)
FAIRBANKS, AK (FAI)                                   VORTAC                       (Lat. 64[deg]48'00.25'' N, long. 148[deg]00'43.11'' W)
 

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    Issued in Washington, DC, on September 17, 2021.
Michael R. Beckles,
Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group.
[FR Doc. 2021-20577 Filed 9-22-21; 8:45 am]
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