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Proposed Realignment of Federal Airways; MI

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Notice of proposed rulemaking.


This action proposes to realign five Federal airways in the Gwinn, MI, area. This proposal would realign the affected Federal airways from the Marquette Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) to the Gwinn VOR/DME. The FAA is proposing this action due to the decommissioning of the Marquette VOR/DME and the commissioning of the Gwinn VOR/DME, which will be located approximately 15 nautical miles (NM) to the southeast of the present location of the Marquette Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range/Tactical Air Navigation.


Comments must be received on or before June 16, 2000.


Send comments on this proposal in triplicate to: Manager, Air Traffic Division, AGL-500, Docket No. 99-AGL-57, Federal Aviation Administration, O'Hare Lake Office Center, 2300 East Devon Avenue; Des Plaines, IL 60018.

The official docket may be examined in the Rules Docket, Office of the Chief Counsel, Room 916, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC, weekdays, except Federal holidays, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the office of the Regional Air Traffic Division, Federal Aviation Administration, O'Hare Lake Office Center, 2300 East Devon Avenue, Des Plaines, IL 60018.

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Sheri Edgett Baron, Airspace and Rules Division, ATA-400, Office of Air Traffic Airspace Management, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-8783.

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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 the airspace docket number and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. 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 Airspace Docket No. 99-AGL-57.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. All communications received on or before the specified closing date for comments 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 Rules Docket both before and after the closing date for comments. A report summarizing each Start Printed Page 21683substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket.

Availability of NPRM's

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Any person may obtain a copy of this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) by submitting a request to the Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Air Traffic Airspace Management, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591, or by calling (202) 267-8783. Communications must identify the docket number of this NPRM. Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRM's should call the FAA's Office of Rulemaking, (202) 267-9677, for a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11-2A, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Distribution System, which describes the application procedure.


The FAA will be decommissioning the Marquette VOR/DME and will be commissioning the Gwinn VOR/DME. As a result, five Federal airways will have to be realigned from the Marquette VOR/DME to the new Gwinn VOR/DME (which is approximately 15 NM to the southeast of the present location of the Marquette VORTAC).

The Proposal

The FAA is proposing an amendment to part 71 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 71) to realign five Federal airways due to the decommissioning of the Marquette VOR/DME, and the installation of the Gwinn VOR/DME. The Gwinn VOR/DME will be located approximately 15 NM southeast of the present location of the Marquette VORTAC. Specifically, V-7, V-133, V-224, V-316, and V-341 would be realigned from the Marquette VOR/DME to the Gwinn VOR/DME.

VOR Federal airways are published in Section 6010(a), of FAA Order 7400.9G, dated September 1, 1999, and effective September 16, 1999, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The airways listed in this document would be published subsequently in the Order.

The FAA has determined that this 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 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.

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

  • Airspace
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Navigation (air)
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The Proposed Amendment

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

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

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

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2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9G, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated September 1, 1999, and effective September 16, 1999, is amended as follows:

 Paragraph 6010—VOR Federal Airways

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V-7 [Revised]

From Dolphin, FL; INT Dolphin 299° and Lee County, FL, 120° radials; Lee County; Lakeland, FL; Cross City, FL; Seminole, FL; Wiregrass, AL; INT Wiregrass 333° and Montgomery, AL, 129° radials; Montgomery; Vulcan, AL; Muscle Shoals, AL; Graham, TN; Central City, KY; Pocket City, IN; INT Pocket City 016° and Terre Haute, IN, 191° radials; Terre Haute; Boiler, IN; Chicago Heights, IL; INT Chicago Heights 358° and Falls, WI, 170° radials; Falls; Green Bay, WI; Menominee, MI; to Gwinn, MI. The airspace below 2,000 feet MSL outside the United States is excluded. The portion outside the United States has no upper limit.

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V-133 [Revised]

From INT Charlotte, NC, 305° and Barretts Mountain, NC, 197° radials; Barretts Mountain; Charleston, WV; Zanesville, OH; Tiverton, OH; Mansfield, OH; INT Mansfield 349° and Detroit, MI, 141° radials; Detroit; Salem, MI; INT Salem 346° and Saginaw, MI, 160° radials; Saginaw; Traverse City, MI; Escanaba, MI; Gwinn, MI; Houghton, MI; Thunder Bay, ON, Canada; International Falls, MN; to Red Lake, ON, Canada. The airspace within Canada is excluded.

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V-224 [Revised]

From Gwinn, MI; to Schoolcraft County, MI.

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V-316 [Revised]

From Ironwood, MI; Gwinn, MI; Sault Ste Marie, MI; thence via Sault Ste Marie 091° radial to Elliot Lake, ON, Canada, NDB; thence to Sudbury, ON, Canada, via the 259° radial to Sudbury. The airspace within Canada is excluded.

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V-341 [Revised]

From Cedar Rapids, IA; Dubuque, IA; Madison, WI; Oshkosh, WI; Green Bay, WI; Menominee, MI; Iron Mountain, MI; Gwinn, MI; to Houghton, MI.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on April 14, 2000.

Reginald C. Matthews,

Manager, Airspace and Rules Division.

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[FR Doc. 00-10011 Filed 4-21-00; 8:45 am]