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Proposed Revision of VOR Federal Airways and Jet Routes in the Vicinity of Savannah, GA

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).


This action proposes to revise four jet routes and seven Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways in the vicinity of Savannah, GA, due to the relocation of the Savannah Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) facility. The Savannah VORTAC is being relocated at the Savannah International Airport as a result of environmental restrictions at the present VORTAC site. The relocation of the VORTAC requires that segments of the affected jet routes and VOR Federal airways be redescribed.


Comments must be received on or before March 10, 2003.


Send comments on this proposal to the Docket Management System, U.S. Department of Transportation, Room Plaza 401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. You must identify both docket numbers, FAA-2002-13362/Airspace Docket No. 02-ASO-7, at the beginning of your comments.

You may also submit comments through the Internet at You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Office (telephone 1-800-647-5527) is on the plaza level of the Department of Transportation NASSIF Building at the above address.

An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the office of the Regional Air Traffic Division, ASO-500, Federal Aviation Administration, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, GA 30337.

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Paul Gallant, 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 both docket numbers and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this notice must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following Start Printed Page 3197statement is made: “Comments to Docket No. FAA-2002-13362/Airspace Docket No. 02-ASO-7.” 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 notice 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 substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket.

Availability of NPRM's

An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the Internet at Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA's web page at or the Superintendent of Document's web page at​nara.

Additionally, any person may obtain a copy of this notice by submitting a request to the Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Air Traffic Airspace Management, ATA-400, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591, or by calling (202) 267-8783. Communications must identify both docket numbers for this notice. Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRM's should contact the FAA's Office of Rulemaking, (202) 267-9677, to request a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11-2A, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Distribution System, which describes the application procedure.

The Proposal

The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 to revise the descriptions of four jet routes and seven VOR Federal airways in the vicinity of Savannah, GA. Specifically, this notice is proposing to revise jet routes J-51, J-55, J-79, and J-103; and VOR Federal Airways V-3, V-37, V-154, V-185, V-437, V-441, and V-578. The proposed action would make minor amendments in the legal descriptions to align affected jet route and VOR Federal airway segments with the new VORTAC site.

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. Therefore, this proposed regulation: (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.

Jet routes and Domestic VOR Federal airways are published in paragraphs 2004 and 6010(a), respectively, of FAA Order 7400.9K, dated August 30, 2002, and effective September 16, 2002, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The jet routes and VOR Federal airways listed in this document would be published subsequently in the order.

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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 FAA Order 7400.9K, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 30, 2002, and effective September 16, 2002, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 2004—Jet Routes

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J-51 [Revised]

From Craig, FL; INT Craig 004° and Savannah, GA, 193° radials; Savannah; Columbia, SC; INT Columbia 042° and Flat Rock, VA, 212° radials; Flat Rock; Nottingham, MD; Dupont, DE; to Yardley, NJ.

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J-55 [Revised]

From Dolphin, FL; INT Dolphin 331° and Gators, FL, 160° radials; INT Gators 160° and Craig, FL, 192° radials; Craig; INT Craig 004° and Savannah, GA, 193° radials; Savannah; Charleston, SC; Florence, SC; INT Florence 003° and Raleigh-Durham, NC, 224° radials; Raleigh-Durham; INT Raleigh-Durham 035° and Hopewell, VA, 234° radials; Hopewell; INT Hopewell 030° and Nottingham, MD, 174° radials. From Sea Isle, NJ; INT Sea Isle 050° and Hampton, NY, 223° radials; Hampton; Providence, RI; Boston, MA; Kennebunk, ME; Presque Isle, ME; to Mont Joli, PQ, Canada, excluding the portion within Canada.

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J-79 [Revised]

From Key West, FL; INT Key West 038° and Dolphin, FL, 244° radials; Dolphin; Palm Beach, FL; Vero Beach, FL; Ormond Beach, FL; INT Savannah, GA, 178° and Charleston, SC, 212° radials; Charleston; Tar River, NC; Franklin, VA; Salisbury, MD; INT Salisbury 018° and Kennedy, NY, 218° radials; Kennedy; INT Kennedy 080° and Nantucket, MA, 254° radials; INT Nantucket 254° and Marconi. MA, 205° radials; Marconi; INT Marconi 006° and Bangor, ME, 206° radials; Bangor.

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J-103 [Revised]

From Ormond Beach, FL; to Savannah, GA.

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Paragraph 6010(a)—Domestic VOR Federal Airways

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V-3 [Revised]

From Key West, FL; INT Key West 083° and Dolphin, FL, 191° radials; Dolphin; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Palm Beach, FL; Vero Beach, FL; Melbourne, FL; Ormond Beach, FL; Brunswick, GA; INT Brunswick 014° and Savannah, GA, 177° radials; Savannah; INT Savannah 028° and Vance, SC, 203° radials; Vance; Florence, SC; Sandhills, SC; Raleigh-Durham, NC; INT Raleigh-Durham 016° and Flat Rock, VA, 214° radials; Flat Rock; Gordonsville, VA; INT Gordonsville 331° and Martinsburg, WV, 216° radials; Martinsburg; Westminster, MD; INT Westminster 048° and Modena, PA, 258° radials; Modena; Solberg, NJ; INT Solberg 044° and Carmel, NY, 243° radials; Carmel; Hartford, CT; INT Hartford 084° and Boston, MA, 224° radials; Boston; INT Boston 014° and Pease, NH, 185° radials; Pease; INT Pease 004° and Augusta, ME, 233° radials; Augusta; Start Printed Page 3198Bangor, ME; INT Bangor 039° and Houlton, ME, 203° radials; Houlton; Presque Isle, ME; to PQ, Canada. The airspace within R-2916, R-2934, R-2935, and within Canada is excluded.

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V-37 [Revised]

From Craig, FL; Brunswick, GA; INT Brunswick 014° and Savannah, GA, 177° radials; Savannah; Allendale, SC; Columbia, SC; Charlotte, NC; Pulaski, VA; Elkins, WV; Clarksburg, WV; INT Clarksburg 359° and Ellwood City, PA, 185° radials; Ellwood City; Erie, PA; INT Erie 010° and Toronto, ON, Canada 210° radials; to Toronto. The airspace within Canada is excluded.

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V-154 [Revised]

From Rome, GA; INT Rome 166° and Macon, GA, 301° radials; Macon; Dublin, GA; INT Dublin 105° and Savannah, GA, 289° radials; to Savannah.

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V-185 [Revised]

From Savannah, GA; INT Savannah 335° and Colliers, SC, 150° radials; Colliers; Greenwood, SC; Sugarloaf Mountain, NC; Snowbird, TN; INT Snowbird 301° and Volunteer, TN, 069° radials; to Volunteer.

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V-437 [Revised]

From Dolphin, FL; INT Dolphin 354° and Pahokee, FL, 157° radials; Pahokee; Melbourne, FL; INT Melbourne 322° and Ormond Beach, FL, 211° radials; Ormond Beach; INT Ormond Beach 360° and Savannah, GA, 177° radials; Savannah; INT Savannah 053° and Charleston, SC, 231° radials; Charleston; to Florence, SC. The airspace within R-2935 is excluded.

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V-441 [Revised]

From Melbourne, FL; INT Melbourne 269° and Lakeland, FL, 081° radials; Lakeland; St. Petersburg, FL; INT St. Petersburg 010° and Ocala, FL, 213° radials; Ocala; Gators, FL; INT Gators 017° and Brunswick, GA, 223° radials; Brunswick; INT Brunswick 060° and Savannah, GA, 177° radials; to Savannah.

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V-578 [Revised]

From Pecan, GA; Tift Meyers, GA; Alma, GA; INT Alma 072° and Savannah, GA, 196° radials; to Savannah.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on January 15, 2003.

Reginald C. Matthews,

Manager, Airspace and Rules Division.

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[FR Doc. 03-1478 Filed 1-22-03; 8:45 am]