Proposed Amendment to United States Area Navigation Route (RNAV) T-227; Fairbanks, AK, 56234-56236 [2021-21862]

Download as PDF 56234 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 193 / Friday, October 8, 2021 / Proposed Rules (d) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 2622, Fire Bottle, Portable. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as a non-conforming fire extinguisher, which could prevent proper extinguishing of a fire in the cabin, and result in subsequent damage to the helicopter and injury to the occupants. Issued on September 30, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [FR Doc. 2021–21952 Filed 10–7–21; 8:45 am] 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 in Alaska and improve the efficient flow of air traffic within the National Airspace System (NAS) by lessening the dependency on ground based navigation. BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Required Actions (h) 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 (i)(1) 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. jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with PROPOSALS1 (i) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Andrea Jimenez, Aerospace Engineer, COS Program Management Section, Operational Safety Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 1600 Stewart Ave., Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone (516) 228–7330; email andrea.jimenez@faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Umlaut Engineering, Blohmstrasse 12, Hamburg, Germany 21079, Phone: 49 0 40 75 25 779 0, email: hafex@ umlaut.com, or web: https:// www.umlaut.com/hafex. You may view this referenced service information 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. (3) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020–0013, dated January 29, 2020. You may view the EASA AD on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA–2021–0843. 16:42 Oct 07, 2021 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0811; Airspace Docket No. 19–AAL–60] RIN 2120–AA66 (1) Within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, remove each fire extinguisher identified in the introductory text of paragraph (c) from service. (2) As of the effective date of this AD, do not install a fire extinguisher identified in the introductory text of paragraph (c) of this AD on any aircraft. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14 CFR Part 71 Jkt 256001 Proposed Amendment to United States Area Navigation Route (RNAV) T–227; Fairbanks, AK Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to amend United Stated Area Navigation (RNAV) route T–227 in the vicinity of Fairbanks, 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 22, 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– 2021–0811; Airspace Docket No. 19– AAL–60 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@ 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, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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– 2021–0811; Airspace Docket No. 19– AAL–60) 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–2021–0811; Airspace Docket No. 19–AAL–60.’’ 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\08OCP1.SGM 08OCP1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 193 / Friday, October 8, 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 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. jspears on DSK121TN23PROD 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. FAA Order JO 7400.11F is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order JO 7400.11F 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 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Oct 07, 2021 Jkt 256001 existing T-routes will enhance safety, increase efficiency and access, and will provide en route 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 En route Altitude (MEA) or Global Navigation Satellite System Minimum En route 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 en route navigation structure away from dependency on Non-Directional Beacons (NDB), and move to develop and improve the RNAV route structure. The FAA proposes to amend segments of RNAV route T–227. The amendments would include replacing the Port Heiden, AK, (PDN) NDB reporting point with WIXER, AR, waypoint (WP). 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–227 in the vicinity of Fairbanks, 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–227: T–227 currently extends from Shemya, AK, (SYA) VHF Omnidirectional Range Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) to Deadhorse, AK, (SCC) VHF Omnidirectional Range/ Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/ DME). The FAA proposes to rename PDN to WIXER, AK, WP. The segment between WIXER, AK, WP and AMOTT, AK, WP would include three additional WPs (CULTI, FEDGI, and WEZZL) eliminating the use of the BATTY, AK, Fix on this route. Additionally, the FAA proposes to reroute the airway over PERZO, AK, WP to provide instrument approach connectivity to Fairbanks International Airport (PAFA) and route continuity with T–282. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 56235 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: 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 JO 7400.11F, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 10, 2021, and effective September 15, 2021, is amended as follows: ■ E:\FR\FM\08OCP1.SGM 08OCP1 56236 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 193 / Friday, October 8, 2021 / Proposed Rules Paragraph 6011 United States Area Navigation Routes. * * * * * T–227 Shemya, AK to Deadhorse, SHEMYA, AK (SYA) JANNT, AK BAERE, AK ALEUT, AK MORDI, AK GENFU, AK BINAL, AK WIXER, AK CULTI, AK FEDGI, AK WEZZL, AK AMOTT, AK BIG LAKE, AK (BGQ) GLOWS, AK PERZO, AK FAIRBANKS, AK (FAI) DEADHORSE, AK (SCC) * * * * * Issued in Washington, DC, on September 30, 2021. Michael R. Beckles, Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group. [FR Doc. 2021–21862 Filed 10–7–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers 33 CFR Part 334 [COE–2021–0005] Elizabeth River, Naval Station Norfolk Deperming Station, Norfolk, VA; Restricted Area AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. Notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments. ACTION: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is proposing to establish a restricted area in the waters of the Elizabeth River surrounding the Naval Station Norfolk (NSN) Lambert’s Point Deperming Station in Norfolk, Virginia. Naval Station Norfolk is the homeport of numerous ships and provides operational readiness support to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet with its facilities. The deperming station is located within the waters of the Elizabeth River and provides magnetic silencing services for military vessels. The proposed restricted area is in waters surrounding the existing facility immediately adjacent to the channel into Norfolk Harbor. The proposed restricted area is necessary to better protect underwater equipment, personnel, and vessels utilizing the jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with PROPOSALS1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Oct 07, 2021 Jkt 256001 AK [Amended] VORTAC WP WP WP WP WP WP WP WP WP WP FIX VORTAC WP WP VORTAC VOR/DME (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. 52°43′05.78″ 52°04′17.88″ 52°12′11.96″ 54°14′16.58″ 54°52′49.87″ 55°23′18.64″ 55°45′59.99″ 56°54′29.00″ 58°15′11.91″ 59°30′10.87″ 59°53′13.86″ 60°52′26.59″ 61°34′09.96″ 64°26′15.88″ 64°40′22.99″ 64°48′00.25″ 70°11′57.11″ N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. facility by implementing a waterside security program. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before November 8, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number COE– 2021–0005, by any of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Email: david.b.olson@usace.army.mil. Include the docket number, COE–2021– 0005, in the subject line of the message. Mail: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: CECW–CO–R (David B. Olson), 441 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20314–1000. Hand Delivery/Courier: Due to security requirements, we cannot receive comments by hand delivery or courier. Instructions: Direct your comments to docket number COE–2021–0005. All comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available on-line at http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the commenter indicates that the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 193 (Friday, October 8, 2021)]
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[FR Doc No: 2021-21862]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2021-0811; Airspace Docket No. 19-AAL-60]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Amendment to United States Area Navigation Route (RNAV) 
T-227; Fairbanks, AK

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to amend United Stated Area Navigation 
(RNAV) route T-227 in the vicinity of Fairbanks, 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 22, 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-2021-0811; Airspace Docket No. 19-AAL-60 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 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-2021-0811; Airspace Docket No. 19-AAL-60) 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-2021-0811; Airspace Docket No. 19-AAL-60.'' 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 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. FAA Order JO 7400.11F is publicly available as 
listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order JO 7400.11F 
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 en route 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 En route 
Altitude (MEA) or Global Navigation Satellite System Minimum En route 
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 en route navigation structure away from 
dependency on Non-Directional Beacons (NDB), and move to develop and 
improve the RNAV route structure. The FAA proposes to amend segments of 
RNAV route T-227. The amendments would include replacing the Port 
Heiden, AK, (PDN) NDB reporting point with WIXER, AR, waypoint (WP). 
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-227 in the vicinity of Fairbanks, 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-227: T-227 currently extends from Shemya, AK, (SYA) VHF 
Omnidirectional Range Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) to Deadhorse, 
AK, (SCC) VHF Omnidirectional Range/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/
DME). The FAA proposes to rename PDN to WIXER, AK, WP. The segment 
between WIXER, AK, WP and AMOTT, AK, WP would include three additional 
WPs (CULTI, FEDGI, and WEZZL) eliminating the use of the BATTY, AK, Fix 
on this route. Additionally, the FAA proposes to reroute the airway 
over PERZO, AK, WP to provide instrument approach connectivity to 
Fairbanks International Airport (PAFA) and route continuity with T-282. 
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:

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:


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Paragraph 6011 United States Area Navigation Routes.

* * * * *

T-227 Shemya, AK to Deadhorse, AK [Amended]
 
SHEMYA, AK (SYA)                                  VORTAC                        (Lat. 52[deg]43'05.78'' N, long. 174[deg]03'43.50'' E)
JANNT, AK                                         WP                            (Lat. 52[deg]04'17.88'' N, long. 178[deg]15'37.23'' W)
BAERE, AK                                         WP                            (Lat. 52[deg]12'11.96'' N, long. 176[deg]08'08.53'' W)
ALEUT, AK                                         WP                            (Lat. 54[deg]14'16.58'' N, long. 166[deg]32'51.82'' W)
MORDI, AK                                         WP                            (Lat. 54[deg]52'49.87'' N, long. 165[deg]03'15.24'' W)
GENFU, AK                                         WP                            (Lat. 55[deg]23'18.64'' N, long. 163[deg]06'20.78'' W)
BINAL, AK                                         WP                            (Lat. 55[deg]45'59.99'' N, long. 161[deg]59'56.43'' W)
WIXER, AK                                         WP                            (Lat. 56[deg]54'29.00'' N, long. 158[deg]36'10.00'' W)
CULTI, AK                                         WP                            (Lat. 58[deg]15'11.91'' N, long. 156[deg]31'19.57'' W)
FEDGI, AK                                         WP                            (Lat. 59[deg]30'10.87'' N, long. 154[deg]14'14.80'' W)
WEZZL, AK                                         WP                            (Lat. 59[deg]53'13.86'' N, long. 152[deg]24'12.63'' W)
AMOTT, AK                                         FIX                           (Lat. 60[deg]52'26.59'' N, long. 151[deg]22'23.60'' W)
BIG LAKE, AK (BGQ)                                VORTAC                        (Lat. 61[deg]34'09.96'' N, long. 149[deg]58'01.77'' W)
GLOWS, AK                                         WP                            (Lat. 64[deg]26'15.88'' N, long. 148[deg]15'17.88'' W)
PERZO, AK                                         WP                            (Lat. 64[deg]40'22.99'' N, long. 148[deg]07'20.15'' W)
FAIRBANKS, AK (FAI)                               VORTAC                        (Lat. 64[deg]48'00.25'' N, long. 148[deg]00'43.11'' W)
DEADHORSE, AK (SCC)                               VOR/DME                       (Lat. 70[deg]11'57.11'' N, long. 148[deg]24'58.17'' W)
 

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    Issued in Washington, DC, on September 30, 2021.
Michael R. Beckles,
Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group.
[FR Doc. 2021-21862 Filed 10-7-21; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-13-P