Proposed Amendment of United States Area Navigation (RNAV) Route T-232; Fairbanks, AK, 2569-2571 [2022-00791]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 11 / Tuesday, January 18, 2022 / Proposed Rules airport’s name, and adding an extension 1 mile each side of the airports 244° bearing extending from the airports 4.6mile radius to 5.5 miles southwest of the airport, and replacing the outdated term Airport/Facility Directory with the term Chart Supplement in the airport description; The Gwinnett County/Briscoe Field Airport (formerly Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County-Briscoe Field Airport) Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface would be amended by updating the airport’s name, increasing the radius to 7.0 miles (formerly 6.5 miles), eliminating the extension to the east, and removing the Gwinnett County NDB from the description. Controlled airspace is necessary for the safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations in the area. Class D and Class E airspace designations are published in Paragraphs 5000 and 6005, respectively, 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 Class D and Class E airspace designations 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. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS 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 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Jan 14, 2022 Jkt 256001 Procedures’’, prior to any FAA final regulatory action. Lists 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 Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.11F, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 10, 2021, and effective September 15, 2021, is amended as follows: ■ Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace. * * * * * ASO GA D Lawrenceville, GA [Amended] Gwinnett County/Briscoe Field Airport, GA (Lat. 33°58′41″ N, long. 83°57′45″ W) That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 3,600 feet MSL within a 4.6-mile radius of the Gwinnett County/Briscoe Field Airport and within 1.0 mile each side of the 244° bearing from the airport, extending from the 4.6-mile radius to 5.5 miles southwest of the airport. This Class D airspace is effective during the specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously published in the Chart Supplement. Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth. * * * * * ASO GA E5 Lawrenceville, GA [Amended] Gwinnett County/Briscoe Field Airport, GA (Lat. 33°58′41″ N, long. 83°57′45″ W) That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 7.0-mile radius of the Gwinnett County-Briscoe Field Airport. Issued in College Park, Georgia, on January 11, 2022. Andreese C. Davis, Manager, Airspace & Procedures Team South, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic Organization. [FR Doc. 2022–00755 Filed 1–14–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 2569 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2022–0026; Airspace Docket No. 21–AAL–68] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Amendment of United States Area Navigation (RNAV) Route T–232; Fairbanks, 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–232 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 March 4, 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–2022–0026; Airspace Docket No. 21–AAL–68 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: SUMMARY: Authority for This Rulemaking The FAA’s authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in E:\FR\FM\18JAP1.SGM 18JAP1 2570 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 11 / Tuesday, January 18, 2022 / Proposed Rules khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS 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– 2022–0026; Airspace Docket No. 21– AAL–68) 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–2022–0026; Airspace Docket No. 21–AAL–68’’. 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Jan 14, 2022 Jkt 256001 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 Street, 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 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 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., PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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 RNAV route T–232 that currently navigates between the Barrow, AK, (BRW) VHF Omnidirectional Radar/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) and the Northway, AK, (ORT) VOR and Tactical Air Navigational System (VORTAC). The proposed amendments would allow for lower GNSS MEAs, while ensuring lateral separation from Special Use Airspace (SUA) in the area. The proposed route will also provide instrument approach accessibility to Allen Army Air Field, AK (PABI) Airport. The Proposal The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 to amend RNAV route T–232 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 is described below. T–232: The FAA proposes to amend T–232 by amending the segment between the Fairbanks, AK, (FAI) VORTAC and the Big Delta, AK, (BIG) VORTAC by adding two newly established waypoints (WP); the RIVOR, AK, WP and the CUTUB, AK, WP; in order to facilitate a lower GNSS MEA and ensure lateral separation from active special use airspace (SUA) in the area. The proposal will also correct the legal description, by including the turn points, OCOCU, AK, WP, and IMARE, AK WP, and removing the BRONX, AK, Fix. The full legal description is included in ‘‘The Proposed Amendment’’ section below. 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 listed in this document would be published subsequently in FAA Order JO 7400.11. E:\FR\FM\18JAP1.SGM 18JAP1 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 11 / Tuesday, January 18, 2022 / Proposed Rules 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. 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 T–232 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. 2022–00791 Filed 1–14–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA–R08–OAR–2020–0441; FRL–9443–01– R8] Disapproval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Wyoming; Proposed Revisions to Regional Haze State Implementation Plan Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Proposed rule. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to disapprove a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Wyoming on May 14, 2020, and supplemented in September and October 2020, addressing regional haze SUMMARY: 16:30 Jan 14, 2022 1. The authority citation for 14 CFR part 71 continues to read as follows: ■ § 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: ■ The Proposed Amendment In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows: Paragraph 6011 United States Area Navigation Routes. * * * * * BARROW, AK (BRW) TO NORTHWAY, AK (ORT) [AMENDED] Issued in Washington, DC, on January 11, 2022. Michael R. Beckles, Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group. VerDate Sep<11>2014 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. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). Barrow, AK (BRW) OCOCU, AK Bettles, AK (BTT) Fairbanks, AK (FAI) IMARE, AK CUTUB, AK RIVOR, AK Big Delta, AK (BIG) Northway, AK (ORT) * 2571 Jkt 256001 VOR/DME WP VOR/DME VORTAC WP WP Fix VORTAC VORTAC (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. (Lat. 71°16′24.33″ 67°05′08.90″ 66°54′18.03″ 64°48′00.25″ 64°33′29.60″ 64°17′49.15″ 64°09′46.97″ 64°00′16.06″ 62°56′49.92″ N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, N, long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. long. 156°47′17.22″ 151°45′00.43″ 151°32′09.18″ 148°00′43.11″ 147°17′20.31″ 146°37′11.65″ 146°09′22.50″ 145°43′02.09″ 141°54′45.39″ (‘‘Wyoming’s 2020 SIP revision’’). Wyoming’s 2020 SIP revision reverses the State’s 2011 decision that emission limits consistent with the installation of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) for the Jim Bridger power plant, Units 1 and 2, are necessary to make reasonable progress under the State’s long-term strategy for the first regional haze planning period. The SIP revision contains a source-specific nitrogen oxide (NOX) reasonable progress analysis and determination that currently installed controls (low-NOX burners with separated overfire air (LNB/SOFA)) are sufficient for reasonable progress during the first planning period for Jim Bridger Units 1 and 2, and that the emission limits associated with the installation of SCR are no longer necessary. The SIP revision also contains plant-wide monthly and annual NOX and sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission limits for the Jim Bridger power plant, Units 1–4. EPA is proposing to disapprove this SIP revision in full. The agency is proposing this action pursuant to sections 110 and 169A of the Clean Air Act (CAA). Comments: Written comments must be received on or before February 17, 2022. DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 W) W) W) W) W) W) W) W) W) Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–R08– OAR–2020–0441, to the Federal Rulemaking Portal: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed from www.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:// www.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epadockets. ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\18JAP1.SGM 18JAP1

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[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 11 (Tuesday, January 18, 2022)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 2569-2571]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-00791]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2022-0026; Airspace Docket No. 21-AAL-68]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Amendment of United States Area Navigation (RNAV) Route 
T-232; 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 States Area Navigation 
(RNAV) route T-232 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 March 4, 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-2022-0026; Airspace Docket No. 21-AAL-68 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: 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

[[Page 2570]]

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-2022-0026; Airspace Docket No. 21-AAL-68) 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-2022-0026; Airspace Docket No. 21-AAL-68''. 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://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 
Street, 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 RNAV route 
T-232 that currently navigates between the Barrow, AK, (BRW) VHF 
Omnidirectional Radar/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) and the 
Northway, AK, (ORT) VOR and Tactical Air Navigational System (VORTAC). 
The proposed amendments would allow for lower GNSS MEAs, while ensuring 
lateral separation from Special Use Airspace (SUA) in the area. The 
proposed route will also provide instrument approach accessibility to 
Allen Army Air Field, AK (PABI) Airport.

The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 to amend RNAV 
route T-232 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 is described below.
    T-232: The FAA proposes to amend T-232 by amending the segment 
between the Fairbanks, AK, (FAI) VORTAC and the Big Delta, AK, (BIG) 
VORTAC by adding two newly established waypoints (WP); the RIVOR, AK, 
WP and the CUTUB, AK, WP; in order to facilitate a lower GNSS MEA and 
ensure lateral separation from active special use airspace (SUA) in the 
area. The proposal will also correct the legal description, by 
including the turn points, OCOCU, AK, WP, and IMARE, AK WP, and 
removing the BRONX, AK, Fix. The full legal description is included in 
``The Proposed Amendment'' section below.
    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 listed in this document would be published subsequently in FAA 
Order JO 7400.11.

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    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 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]

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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.

* * * * *

T-232 Barrow, AK (BRW) to Northway, AK (ORT) [Amended]
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Barrow, AK (BRW)                                VOR/DME                        (Lat. 71[deg]16'24.33'' N, long. 156[deg]47'17.22'' W)
OCOCU, AK                                       WP                             (Lat. 67[deg]05'08.90'' N, long. 151[deg]45'00.43'' W)
Bettles, AK (BTT)                               VOR/DME                        (Lat. 66[deg]54'18.03'' N, long. 151[deg]32'09.18'' W)
Fairbanks, AK (FAI)                             VORTAC                         (Lat. 64[deg]48'00.25'' N, long. 148[deg]00'43.11'' W)
IMARE, AK                                       WP                             (Lat. 64[deg]33'29.60'' N, long. 147[deg]17'20.31'' W)
CUTUB, AK                                       WP                             (Lat. 64[deg]17'49.15'' N, long. 146[deg]37'11.65'' W)
RIVOR, AK                                       Fix                            (Lat. 64[deg]09'46.97'' N, long. 146[deg]09'22.50'' W)
Big Delta, AK (BIG)                             VORTAC                         (Lat. 64[deg]00'16.06'' N, long. 145[deg]43'02.09'' W)
Northway, AK (ORT)                              VORTAC                         (Lat. 62[deg]56'49.92'' N, long. 141[deg]54'45.39'' W)
 

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    Issued in Washington, DC, on January 11, 2022.
Michael R. Beckles,
Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group.
[FR Doc. 2022-00791 Filed 1-14-22; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-13-P