Proposed Amendment of Jet Routes J-82 and J-94; Extension of Area Navigation (RNAV) Route Q-122; Amendment of VOR Federal Airways V-100, V-138, V-456, and V-505; Removal of VOR Federal Airway V-462; and Removal of the Fort Dodge, IA, Domestic Low Altitude Reporting Point; in the Vicinity of Fort Dodge, IA, 70780-70783 [2021-26887]

Download as PDF 70780 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 236 / Monday, December 13, 2021 / Proposed Rules Issued in Washington, DC, on December 7, 2021. Margaret C. Flategraff, Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group. 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. [FR Doc. 2021–26841 Filed 12–10–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). Federal Aviation Administration The Proposed Amendment 14 CFR Part 71 In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows: [Docket No. FAA–2021–1043; Airspace Docket No. 21–ACE–4] 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 14 CFR 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: ■ Paragraph 2004 Jet Routes. * * * * * J–22 [Amended] From Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, via Laredo, TX; Corpus Christi, TX; Palacios, TX; Lake Charles, LA; McComb, MS; to Meridian, MS. The airspace within Mexico is excluded. * * * * * * * J–39 [Removed] * * * J–46 [Amended] From Tulsa, OK, via Walnut Ridge, AR; to Nashville, TN. * * * * * J–48 [Amended] khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS From INT Solberg, NJ, 264° and Pottstown, PA, 050° radials; Pottstown; Westminster, MD; Casanova, VA; to Montebello, VA. * * * * * * * * * * * J–118 [Removed] * * * J–145 [Removed] * * * J–186 [Removed] * * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:22 Dec 10, 2021 Jkt 256001 RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Amendment of Jet Routes J– 82 and J–94; Extension of Area Navigation (RNAV) Route Q–122; Amendment of VOR Federal Airways V–100, V–138, V–456, and V–505; Removal of VOR Federal Airway V– 462; and Removal of the Fort Dodge, IA, Domestic Low Altitude Reporting Point; in the Vicinity of Fort Dodge, IA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: The FAA proposes to amend two Jet Routes; extend one high altitude RNAV Q-route; amend four VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways; remove one VOR Federal airway; and remove one Domestic Low Altitude Reporting Point, in the vicinity of Fort Dodge, IA. This action is necessary due to the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Fort Dodge, IA, VOR/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC), which provides navigation guidance to portions of the affected Air Traffic Service (ATS) routes. The Fort Dodge VOR is being decommissioned as part of the FAA’s VOR Minimum Operational Network (VOR MON) program. Although the Fort Dodge VOR is being decommissioned, the FAA plans to retain the collocated Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) and Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN) portions of the navigational aid. DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 27, 2022. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: (800) 647–5527, or (202) 366–9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2021– 1043; Airspace Docket No. 21–ACE–4 at the beginning of your comments. You SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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. FAA Order JO 7400.11F is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order JO 7400.11F at NARA, email: fr.inspection@nara.gov or go to https://www.archives.gov/federalregister/cfr/ibr-locations.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jesse Acevedo, Rules and Regulations Group, Office of Policy, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority for This Rulemaking The FAA’s authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency’s authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of the airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it would improve the efficient flow of air traffic within the NAS by lessening the dependency on ground-based navigation, and it would expand the availability of RNAV routes in the northcentral United States. 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– E:\FR\FM\13DEP1.SGM 13DEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 236 / Monday, December 13, 2021 / Proposed Rules 2021–1043; Airspace Docket No. 21– ACE–4) and be submitted in triplicate to the Docket Management Facility (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this action must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ‘‘Comments to FAA Docket No. FAA–2021–1043; Airspace Docket No. 21–ACE–4.’’ The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. All communications received on or before the specified comment closing date will be considered before taking action on the proposed rule. The proposal contained in this action may be changed in light of comments received. All comments submitted will be available for examination in the public docket both before and after the comment closing date. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket. Availability of NPRMs An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA’s web page at https:// www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/ airspace_amendments/. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the office of the Operations Support Group, Central Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS 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, VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:22 Dec 10, 2021 Jkt 256001 air traffic service routes, and reporting points. Background The FAA is planning decommissioning activities for the VOR portion of the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC with a proposed effective date of September 8, 2022. The Fort Dodge 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 NextGen Transition to PerformanceBased Navigation (PBN) (Plan for Establishing a VOR MON),’’ published in the Federal Register of July 26, 2016 (81 FR 48694), Docket No. FAA–2011– 1082. Although the VOR portion of the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC is planned for decommissioning, the co-located Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) and Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN) portions of the navigational aid are being retained in support of current and future RNAV procedures and Department of Defense mission requirements. The ATS routes affected by the Fort Dodge, IA, VOR being decommissioned consist of J–82, J–94, Q–122, V–100, V– 138, V–456, V–462, and V–505. With the planned decommissioning of the Fort Dodge VOR, the remaining groundbased navigational aid coverage in the area is insufficient to enable the continuity of these affected routes. As such, the proposal would result in the removal of airway segments for V–138, V–456, V–505; the creation of gaps in the ATS routes for J–82, J–94; the widening of the airway gap for V–100; and the entire removal of an airway for V–462. To overcome the loss of segments in the ATS routes, instrument flight rules (IFR) traffic may use adjacent low altitude VOR Federal airways, such as V–13, V–120, V–161, V–172, and T–392. IFR traffic may also use the remaining high altitude Jet Routes, such as J–84, J–100, J–128 and J–148. Pilots equipped with RNAV capabilities may also file point to point through the affected area using fixes that will remain in place, or receive air traffic control radar vectors. Visual flight rules (VFR) pilots, who elect to navigate through the affected area, may utilize the ATC services previously listed. Additionally, the FAA proposes to extend the RNAV route, Q–122, 52miles to the east. The extension of the Q–122 route would supplement the enroute structure for high altitude traffic, and facilitate the flow of traffic in the area southwest of the Chicago, IL, terminal area. This proposed new RNAV PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 70781 route would also support the FAA’s plan to transition the National Airspace System from a ground-based surveillance and navigation system, to a satellite-based system. Finally, the FAA proposes to remove the Fort Dodge, IA, Domestic Low Altitude Reporting point. The reporting point is no longer required by air traffic control after the proposed route amendments would be implemented. The Proposal The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 to amend Jet Routes J–82 and J–94; extend RNAV route Q– 122; amend VOR Federal airways V– 100, V–138, V–456, and V–505; remove VOR Federal Airway V–462; and remove the Fort Dodge, IA reporting point. The proposed ATS route and reporting point amendments are described below. J–82. J–82 currently extends between the Battle Ground, WA, VORTAC and the Goshen, IN, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the route segment between the Sioux Falls, SD, VORTAC and the Dubuque, IA, VORTAC. As a result, the Jet route would extend between the Battle Ground, WA, VORTAC and Sioux Falls, SD, VORTAC; and between the Dubuque, IA, VORTAC and the Goshen, IN, VORTAC. J–94. J–94 extends between the Mustang, NV, VORTAC and the Flint, MI, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the route segment between the O’Neill, NE, VORTAC and Dubuque, IA, VORTAC. As a result, the Jet route would extend between the Mustang, NV, VORTAC and the O’Neill, NE, VORTAC; and between the Dubuque, IA, VORTAC and the Flint, MI, VORTAC. Q–122. Q–122 currently extends between the MOGEE, CA, waypoint (WP) and the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC (FOD). The FAA is proposing to remove the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC route point from the route description and establish a new waypoint (VIRGN, IA), located 3.08 NM south of the current Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC. The VIRGN, IA waypoint would support navigation, on Q–122, in lieu of the removed Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC. From the VIRGN, IA waypoint, the FAA is proposing to extend Q–122, 52 miles to the east, to the VIGGR, IA fix, which would now become the easternmost endpoint of the airway. The FAA also proposes to remove the BEARR, UT fix and the O’Neil, NE, VORTAC (ONL) from the legal description only. Because the route points are on straight segments of the existing Q–122 route, it is not necessary E:\FR\FM\13DEP1.SGM 13DEP1 70782 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 236 / Monday, December 13, 2021 / Proposed Rules khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS to include them in the legal description. Although the BEARR, UT fix and the O’Neil, NE, VORTAC would be removed from the legal description, both would remain in service and continue to be charted on the route. The FAA also proposes to convert the KATES, NE fix to a waypoint, to support Q–122 navigation. The KATES, NE waypoint and the newly established VIRGN, IA waypoint, would also be charted to facilitate RNAV holding. As such, the proposed route, east of the KATES, NE waypoint, will overfly the VIRGN, IA, waypoint, located 3.08 nm south of the current Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC, and will continue to the new airway endpoint at the VIGGR, IA, fix. As a result, the Q–122 route would extend between the MOGEE, CA, waypoint and the VIGGR, IA, fix. V–100. V–100 extends between the Medicine Bow, WY, VOR/DME and the O’Neil, NE, VORTAC; between the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC and the Dubuque, IA, VORTAC; and between the Northbrook, IL, VOR/DME and the Litchfield, MI, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the segment between the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC and the Waterloo, IA, VOR/DME. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. Additional changes to other segments of V–100 have been proposed in a separate rulemaking proposal. V–138. V–138 extends between the Riverton, WY, VOR/DME and the Sidney, NE, VOR/DME; and between the Grand Island, NE, VOR/DME and the Mason City, IA, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the segment between the Omaha, IA, VORTAC and the Mason City, IA, VOR/DME. As a result, V–138 would extend between the Riverton, WY, VOR/DME and the Sidney, NE, VOR/DME; and between the Grand Island, NE, VOR/DME and the Omaha, IA, VORTAC. V–456. V–456 extends between the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC and the Flying Cloud, MN, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the segment between the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC and the Mankato, MN, VOR/DME. As a result, V–456 would extend between the Mankato, MN, VOR/DME and the Flying Cloud, MN, VOR/DME. V–462. V–462 extends between the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC and the Sioux Falls, SD, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway in its entirety. V–505. V–505 extends between the Des Moines, IA, VORTAC and the Gopher, MN, VORTAC; and between the Duluth, MN, VORTAC and the International Falls, MN, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the segment between the Des Moines, IA, VORTAC and the Mason City, IA, VOR/DME. As a result, V–505 would extend between the Mason City, IA, VOR/DME and the Gopher, MN, VORTAC; and between the Duluth, MN, VORTAC and the International Falls, MN, VOR/DME. Fort Dodge: The Fort Dodge, IA, Domestic Low Altitude Reporting Point would be removed. All of the navigational aid radials in the ATS Route descriptions below are stated in True degrees. United States Jet Routes, RNAV Qroutes, VOR Federal airways, and Domestic Low Altitude Reporting points are published in paragraphs 2004, 2006, 6010(a), and 7001, respectively, of FAA Order JO 7400.11F, dated August 10, 2021, and effective September 15, 2021, which are incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The ATC routes listed in this document would be published subsequently in FAA Order JO 7400.11. 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 Q122 MOGEE, CA to VIGGR, IA [Amended] MOGEE, CA WP (Lat. 38°20′10.00″ MACUS, NV WP (Lat. 39°53′00.00″ MCORD, NV WP (Lat. 40°12′00.00″ Lucin, UT (LCU) VORTAC (Lat. 41°21′46.63″ KURSE, WY WP (Lat. 42°04′29.66″ KATES, NE WP (Lat. 42°32′27.71″ VIRGN, IA WP (Lat. 42°33′47.92″ VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:00 Dec 10, 2021 Jkt 256001 PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 N, N, N, N, N, N, N, long. long. long. long. long. long. long. 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 14 CFR 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 JO Order 7400.11F, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 10, 2021, and effective September 15, 2021, is amended as follows: ■ Paragraph 2004 Jet Routes. * * * * * J–82 [Amended] From Battle Ground, WA; Donnelly, ID; Dubois, ID; Crazy Woman, WY; Rapid City, SD; to Sioux Falls, SD. From Dubuque, IA; INT Dubuque 095° and Joliet, IL, 317° radials; Joliet; to Goshen, IN. * * * * * J–94 [Amended] From Mustang, NV; Lovelock, NV; Battle Mountain, NV; Lucin, UT; Rock Springs, WY; Scottsbluff, NE; to O’Neill, NE. From Dubuque, IA; Northbrook, IL; Pullman, MI; to Flint, MI. * * * * * Paragraph 2006 United States Area Navigation Routes. * * 121°23′23.00″ 118°48′00.00″ 118°01′00.00″ 113°50′26.23″ 105°09′36.16″ 096°46′26.52″ 094°17′39.35″ E:\FR\FM\13DEP1.SGM * W) W) W) W) W) W) W) 13DEP1 * * Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 236 / Monday, December 13, 2021 / Proposed Rules VIGGR, IA * * * * Paragraph 6010(a) * * * FIX * * Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). * * * * * V–138 [Amended] From Riverton, WY; 35 miles, 80 miles 107 MSL, 16 miles 85 MSL, Medicine Bow, WY; Cheyenne, WY; to Sidney, NE. From Grand Island, NE; INT of Grand Island 099° and Lincoln, NE, 267° radials; Lincoln; to Omaha, IA. * * * * * V–456 [Amended] From Mankato, MN; to Flying Cloud, MN. * * * * * * * V–462 [Removed] * * * V–505 [Amended] From Mason City, IA; INT Mason City 349° and Gopher, MN, 188° radials; to Gopher. From Duluth, MN; INT Duluth 331° and Hibbing, MN, 120° radials; Hibbing; INT Hibbing 319° and International Falls, MN, 182° radials; to International Falls. * * * * * Paragraph 7001 Domestic Low Altitude Reporting Points. * * * * * Fort Dodge, IA [Removed] * * * * This action proposes to amend United States Area Navigation (RNAV) route T–229 in the vicinity of Point Hope, AK in support of a large and comprehensive T-route modernization project for the state of Alaska. SUMMARY: V–100 [Amended] From Medicine Bow, WY; Scottsbluff, NE; Alliance, NE; Ainsworth, NE; to O’Neill, NE. From Waterloo, IA; to Dubuque, IA. From Northbrook, IL; INT Northbrook 095° and Keeler, MI, 271° radials; Keeler; to Litchfield, MI. * (Lat. 42°33′18.67″ N, long. 093°07′26.83″ W) ACTION: VOR Federal Airways. * Issued in Washington, DC, on December 7, 2021. Margaret C. Flategraff, Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group. [FR Doc. 2021–26887 Filed 12–10–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Comments must be received on or before January 27, 2022. 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–2021–1083; Airspace Docket No. 19–AAL–62 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. FAA Order JO 7400.11F is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order JO 7400.11F at NARA, email: fr.inspection@nara.gov or go to https://www.archives.gov/federalregister/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: DATES: Authority for This Rulemaking Federal Aviation Administration khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2021–1083; Airspace Docket No. 19–AAL–62] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Amendment of United States Area Navigation (RNAV) Route T–229; Point Hope, AK Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:22 Dec 10, 2021 Jkt 256001 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 PO 00000 Frm 00029 70783 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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– 2021–1083; Airspace Docket No. 19– AAL–62) 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–2021–1083; Airspace Docket No. 19–AAL–62’’. The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. All communications received on or before the specified comment closing date will be considered before taking action on the proposed rule. The proposal contained in this action may be changed in light of comments received. All comments submitted will be available for examination in the public docket both before and after the comment closing date. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket. Availability of 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:// E:\FR\FM\13DEP1.SGM 13DEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 236 (Monday, December 13, 2021)]
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[Pages 70780-70783]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-26887]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2021-1043; Airspace Docket No. 21-ACE-4]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Amendment of Jet Routes J-82 and J-94; Extension of Area 
Navigation (RNAV) Route Q-122; Amendment of VOR Federal Airways V-100, 
V-138, V-456, and V-505; Removal of VOR Federal Airway V-462; and 
Removal of the Fort Dodge, IA, Domestic Low Altitude Reporting Point; 
in the Vicinity of Fort Dodge, IA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to amend two Jet Routes; extend one high 
altitude RNAV Q-route; amend four VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) 
Federal airways; remove one VOR Federal airway; and remove one Domestic 
Low Altitude Reporting Point, in the vicinity of Fort Dodge, IA. This 
action is necessary due to the planned decommissioning of the VOR 
portion of the Fort Dodge, IA, VOR/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC), 
which provides navigation guidance to portions of the affected Air 
Traffic Service (ATS) routes. The Fort Dodge VOR is being 
decommissioned as part of the FAA's VOR Minimum Operational Network 
(VOR MON) program. Although the Fort Dodge VOR is being decommissioned, 
the FAA plans to retain the collocated Distance Measuring Equipment 
(DME) and Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN) portions of the navigational 
aid.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 27, 2022.

ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West 
Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: 
(800) 647-5527, or (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. 
FAA-2021-1043; Airspace Docket No. 21-ACE-4 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. FAA Order JO 7400.11F is also available for inspection at the 
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on 
the availability of FAA Order JO 7400.11F at NARA, email: 
[email protected] or go to https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jesse Acevedo, Rules and Regulations 
Group, Office of Policy, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-
8783.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Authority for This Rulemaking

    The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is 
found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 
describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, 
Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency's 
authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described 
in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, 
the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of 
the airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the 
efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that 
authority as it would improve the efficient flow of air traffic within 
the NAS by lessening the dependency on ground-based navigation, and it 
would expand the availability of RNAV routes in the northcentral United 
States.

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-

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2021-1043; Airspace Docket No. 21-ACE-4) and be submitted in triplicate 
to the Docket Management Facility (see ADDRESSES section for address 
and phone number). You may also submit comments through the internet at 
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    Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments 
on this action must submit with those comments a self-addressed, 
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to FAA Docket No. FAA-2021-1043; Airspace Docket No. 21-ACE-4.'' The 
postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.
    All communications received on or before the specified comment 
closing date will be considered before taking action on the proposed 
rule. The proposal contained in this action may be changed in light of 
comments received. All comments submitted will be available for 
examination in the public docket both before and after the comment 
closing date. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with 
FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the 
docket.

Availability of NPRMs

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the 
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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 
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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 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

    The FAA is planning decommissioning activities for the VOR portion 
of the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC with a proposed effective date of 
September 8, 2022. The Fort Dodge 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 NextGen Transition to Performance-Based Navigation 
(PBN) (Plan for Establishing a VOR MON),'' published in the Federal 
Register of July 26, 2016 (81 FR 48694), Docket No. FAA-2011-1082. 
Although the VOR portion of the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC is planned for 
decommissioning, the co-located Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) and 
Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN) portions of the navigational aid are 
being retained in support of current and future RNAV procedures and 
Department of Defense mission requirements.
    The ATS routes affected by the Fort Dodge, IA, VOR being 
decommissioned consist of J-82, J-94, Q-122, V-100, V-138, V-456, V-
462, and V-505. With the planned decommissioning of the Fort Dodge VOR, 
the remaining ground-based navigational aid coverage in the area is 
insufficient to enable the continuity of these affected routes. As 
such, the proposal would result in the removal of airway segments for 
V-138, V-456, V-505; the creation of gaps in the ATS routes for J-82, 
J-94; the widening of the airway gap for V-100; and the entire removal 
of an airway for V-462. To overcome the loss of segments in the ATS 
routes, instrument flight rules (IFR) traffic may use adjacent low 
altitude VOR Federal airways, such as V-13, V-120, V-161, V-172, and T-
392. IFR traffic may also use the remaining high altitude Jet Routes, 
such as J-84, J-100, J-128 and J-148. Pilots equipped with RNAV 
capabilities may also file point to point through the affected area 
using fixes that will remain in place, or receive air traffic control 
radar vectors. Visual flight rules (VFR) pilots, who elect to navigate 
through the affected area, may utilize the ATC services previously 
listed.
    Additionally, the FAA proposes to extend the RNAV route, Q-122, 52-
miles to the east. The extension of the Q-122 route would supplement 
the enroute structure for high altitude traffic, and facilitate the 
flow of traffic in the area southwest of the Chicago, IL, terminal 
area. This proposed new RNAV route would also support the FAA's plan to 
transition the National Airspace System from a ground-based 
surveillance and navigation system, to a satellite-based system.
    Finally, the FAA proposes to remove the Fort Dodge, IA, Domestic 
Low Altitude Reporting point. The reporting point is no longer required 
by air traffic control after the proposed route amendments would be 
implemented.

The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 to amend Jet 
Routes J-82 and J-94; extend RNAV route Q-122; amend VOR Federal 
airways V-100, V-138, V-456, and V-505; remove VOR Federal Airway V-
462; and remove the Fort Dodge, IA reporting point.
    The proposed ATS route and reporting point amendments are described 
below.
    J-82. J-82 currently extends between the Battle Ground, WA, VORTAC 
and the Goshen, IN, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the route 
segment between the Sioux Falls, SD, VORTAC and the Dubuque, IA, 
VORTAC. As a result, the Jet route would extend between the Battle 
Ground, WA, VORTAC and Sioux Falls, SD, VORTAC; and between the 
Dubuque, IA, VORTAC and the Goshen, IN, VORTAC.
    J-94. J-94 extends between the Mustang, NV, VORTAC and the Flint, 
MI, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the route segment between the 
O'Neill, NE, VORTAC and Dubuque, IA, VORTAC. As a result, the Jet route 
would extend between the Mustang, NV, VORTAC and the O'Neill, NE, 
VORTAC; and between the Dubuque, IA, VORTAC and the Flint, MI, VORTAC.
    Q-122. Q-122 currently extends between the MOGEE, CA, waypoint (WP) 
and the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC (FOD). The FAA is proposing to remove 
the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC route point from the route description and 
establish a new waypoint (VIRGN, IA), located 3.08 NM south of the 
current Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC. The VIRGN, IA waypoint would support 
navigation, on Q-122, in lieu of the removed Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC. 
From the VIRGN, IA waypoint, the FAA is proposing to extend Q-122, 52 
miles to the east, to the VIGGR, IA fix, which would now become the 
easternmost endpoint of the airway. The FAA also proposes to remove the 
BEARR, UT fix and the O'Neil, NE, VORTAC (ONL) from the legal 
description only. Because the route points are on straight segments of 
the existing Q-122 route, it is not necessary

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to include them in the legal description. Although the BEARR, UT fix 
and the O'Neil, NE, VORTAC would be removed from the legal description, 
both would remain in service and continue to be charted on the route. 
The FAA also proposes to convert the KATES, NE fix to a waypoint, to 
support Q-122 navigation. The KATES, NE waypoint and the newly 
established VIRGN, IA waypoint, would also be charted to facilitate 
RNAV holding. As such, the proposed route, east of the KATES, NE 
waypoint, will overfly the VIRGN, IA, waypoint, located 3.08 nm south 
of the current Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC, and will continue to the new 
airway endpoint at the VIGGR, IA, fix. As a result, the Q-122 route 
would extend between the MOGEE, CA, waypoint and the VIGGR, IA, fix.
    V-100. V-100 extends between the Medicine Bow, WY, VOR/DME and the 
O'Neil, NE, VORTAC; between the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC and the Dubuque, 
IA, VORTAC; and between the Northbrook, IL, VOR/DME and the Litchfield, 
MI, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the segment between the Fort 
Dodge, IA, VORTAC and the Waterloo, IA, VOR/DME. The unaffected 
portions of the existing airway would remain as charted. Additional 
changes to other segments of V-100 have been proposed in a separate 
rulemaking proposal.
    V-138. V-138 extends between the Riverton, WY, VOR/DME and the 
Sidney, NE, VOR/DME; and between the Grand Island, NE, VOR/DME and the 
Mason City, IA, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the segment between 
the Omaha, IA, VORTAC and the Mason City, IA, VOR/DME. As a result, V-
138 would extend between the Riverton, WY, VOR/DME and the Sidney, NE, 
VOR/DME; and between the Grand Island, NE, VOR/DME and the Omaha, IA, 
VORTAC.
    V-456. V-456 extends between the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC and the 
Flying Cloud, MN, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the segment 
between the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC and the Mankato, MN, VOR/DME. As a 
result, V-456 would extend between the Mankato, MN, VOR/DME and the 
Flying Cloud, MN, VOR/DME.
    V-462. V-462 extends between the Fort Dodge, IA, VORTAC and the 
Sioux Falls, SD, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway in its 
entirety.
    V-505. V-505 extends between the Des Moines, IA, VORTAC and the 
Gopher, MN, VORTAC; and between the Duluth, MN, VORTAC and the 
International Falls, MN, VOR/DME. The FAA proposes to remove the 
segment between the Des Moines, IA, VORTAC and the Mason City, IA, VOR/
DME. As a result, V-505 would extend between the Mason City, IA, VOR/
DME and the Gopher, MN, VORTAC; and between the Duluth, MN, VORTAC and 
the International Falls, MN, VOR/DME.
    Fort Dodge: The Fort Dodge, IA, Domestic Low Altitude Reporting 
Point would be removed.
    All of the navigational aid radials in the ATS Route descriptions 
below are stated in True degrees.
    United States Jet Routes, RNAV Q-routes, VOR Federal airways, and 
Domestic Low Altitude Reporting points are published in paragraphs 
2004, 2006, 6010(a), and 7001, respectively, of FAA Order JO 7400.11F, 
dated August 10, 2021, and effective September 15, 2021, which are 
incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The ATC routes listed in this 
document would be published subsequently in FAA Order JO 7400.11.
    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

0
1. The authority citation for 14 CFR 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]

0
2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA JO Order 
7400.11F, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 10, 
2021, and effective September 15, 2021, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 2004 Jet Routes.

* * * * *

J-82 [Amended]

    From Battle Ground, WA; Donnelly, ID; Dubois, ID; Crazy Woman, 
WY; Rapid City, SD; to Sioux Falls, SD. From Dubuque, IA; INT 
Dubuque 095[deg] and Joliet, IL, 317[deg] radials; Joliet; to 
Goshen, IN.
* * * * *

J-94 [Amended]

    From Mustang, NV; Lovelock, NV; Battle Mountain, NV; Lucin, UT; 
Rock Springs, WY; Scottsbluff, NE; to O'Neill, NE. From Dubuque, IA; 
Northbrook, IL; Pullman, MI; to Flint, MI.
* * * * *

Paragraph 2006 United States Area Navigation Routes.

* * * * *

 
 
 
Q122 MOGEE, CA to VIGGR, IA [Amended]
 
MOGEE, CA                     WP                  (Lat. 38[deg]20'10.00'' N, long. 121[deg]23'23.00'' W)
MACUS, NV                     WP                  (Lat. 39[deg]53'00.00'' N, long. 118[deg]48'00.00'' W)
MCORD, NV                     WP                  (Lat. 40[deg]12'00.00'' N, long. 118[deg]01'00.00'' W)
Lucin, UT (LCU)               VORTAC              (Lat. 41[deg]21'46.63'' N, long. 113[deg]50'26.23'' W)
KURSE, WY                     WP                  (Lat. 42[deg]04'29.66'' N, long. 105[deg]09'36.16'' W)
KATES, NE                     WP                  (Lat. 42[deg]32'27.71'' N, long. 096[deg]46'26.52'' W)
VIRGN, IA                     WP                  (Lat. 42[deg]33'47.92'' N, long. 094[deg]17'39.35'' W)

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VIGGR, IA                     FIX                 (Lat. 42[deg]33'18.67'' N, long. 093[deg]07'26.83'' W)
 

* * * * *

Paragraph 6010(a) VOR Federal Airways.

* * * * *

V-100 [Amended]

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

V-138 [Amended]

    From Riverton, WY; 35 miles, 80 miles 107 MSL, 16 miles 85 MSL, 
Medicine Bow, WY; Cheyenne, WY; to Sidney, NE. From Grand Island, 
NE; INT of Grand Island 099[deg] and Lincoln, NE, 267[deg] radials; 
Lincoln; to Omaha, IA.
* * * * *

V-456 [Amended]

    From Mankato, MN; to Flying Cloud, MN.
* * * * *

V-462 [Removed]

* * * * *

V-505 [Amended]

    From Mason City, IA; INT Mason City 349[deg] and Gopher, MN, 
188[deg] radials; to Gopher. From Duluth, MN; INT Duluth 331[deg] 
and Hibbing, MN, 120[deg] radials; Hibbing; INT Hibbing 319[deg] and 
International Falls, MN, 182[deg] radials; to International Falls.
* * * * *

Paragraph 7001 Domestic Low Altitude Reporting Points.

* * * * *

Fort Dodge, IA [Removed]

* * * * *

    Issued in Washington, DC, on December 7, 2021.
Margaret C. Flategraff,
Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group.
[FR Doc. 2021-26887 Filed 12-10-21; 8:45 am]
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