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Proposed Modification of VOR Federal Airway V-2; East Central United States

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

SUMMARY:

This action proposes to modify VOR Federal Airway V-2 over the East Central United States to support modified arrival and departure procedures to the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), Detroit, Michigan. These procedures were modified in conjunction with the Midwest AirSpace Enhancement (MASE) project. The FAA is proposing this action to enhance safety and to improve the efficient use of the navigable airspace assigned to the Chicago and Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC).

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before October 23, 2006.

ADDRESSES:

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 FAA Docket No. FAA-2006-25673 and Airspace Docket No. 06-ASW-13, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Steve Rohring, Airspace and Rules, Start Printed Page 52503Office of System Operations Airspace and Aeronautical Information Management, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-8783.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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-2006-25673 and Airspace Docket No. 06-ASW-13) and be submitted in triplicate to the Docket Management System (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the Internet at http://dms.dot.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-2006-25673 and Airspace Docket No. 06-ASW-13.” 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 public 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 http://dms.dot.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA's Web page at http://www.faa.gov or the Federal Register's Web page at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/​fr/​index.html.

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 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the office of the Regional Air Traffic Division, Federal Aviation Administration, 2601 Meacham Blvd; Fort Worth, TX 76193-0500.

Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRM's should contact 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.

Background

In April of 1996, the FAA Administrator announced that the FAA would begin a comprehensive review and redesign of United States airspace. This endeavor became known as the National Airspace Redesign, now referred to as Airspace Management Program (AMP). The goal of AMP is to maintain and improve safety; improve efficiency; reduce delays; increase system flexibility, predictability, and access; and support the evolution of emerging technologies. The MASE project is the culmination of the AMP process with regard to aircraft operations in the Cleveland and Detroit terminal areas as well as in the high altitude, en route airspace environment. The purpose of MASE is to develop and implement new en route and terminal airspace procedures that would increase efficiency and enhance safety of aircraft movements in the airspace overlying and beyond the Cleveland and Detroit terminal areas. Specifically, the MASE project consists of changes to routes, fixes, altitudes, and holding patterns, as well as the development of new procedures and routes.

In support of the MASE project, FAA published an NPRM on June 16, 2006 (71 FR 34854) proposing to establish 16 VOR Federal Airways (V-65, V-176, V-383, V-396, V-406, V-410, V-414, V-416, V-418, V-426, V-467, V-486, V-542, V-584, V-586, and V-609); modify 13 VOR Federal Airways (V-14, V-26, V-40, V-72, V-75, V-90, V-96, V-103, V-116, V-133, V-297, V-435, and V-526); and revoke one VOR Federal Airway (V-42) over the East Central United States. This action proposes to modify VOR Federal Airway V-2 over the East Central United States to support the modified arrival and departure procedures to DTW that were proposed as a part of the MASE project.

The Proposal

The FAA is proposing to amend Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to modify VOR Federal Airway V-2 over the East Central United States. The purpose of this action is to support arrival and departure procedures to DTW that were modified in conjunction with MASE. Further, the FAA is proposing this action to enhance safety and to improve the efficient use of the navigable airspace within the areas of responsibility for Chicago and Cleveland ARTCCs.

VOR Federal Airways are published in paragraph 6010 of FAA Order 7400.9N, dated September 1, 2005, and effective September 15, 2005, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The VOR Federal Airways listed in this document would be published subsequently in the Order.

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.

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

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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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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:

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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 7400.9N, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated September 1, 2005, and effective September 15, 2005, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6010 VOR Federal Airways

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V-2 [Revised]

From Seattle, WA; Ellensburg, WA; Moses Lake, WA; Spokane, WA; Mullan Pass, ID; Missoula, MT; Helena, MT; INT Helena 119° and Livingston, MT, 322° radials; Livingston; Billings, MT; Miles City, MT; 24 miles, 90 miles, 55 MSL, Dickinson, ND; 10 miles, 60 miles, 38 MSL, Bismarck, ND; 14 miles, 62 miles, 34 MSL, Jamestown, ND; Fargo, ND; Alexandria, MN; Gopher, MN; Nodine, MN; Lone Rock, WI; Madison, WI; Badger, WI; Muskegon, MI; Lansing, MI; Salem, MI; INT Salem 082° (085°M) and Aylmer, ON, Canada, 261° (269°M) radials; Aylmer; INT Aylmer 086° and Buffalo, NY, 259° radials; Buffalo; Rochester, NY; Syracuse, NY; Utica, NY; Albany, NY; INT Albany 084° and Gardner, MA, 284° radials; to Gardner. The airspace within Canada is excluded.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on August 28, 2006.

Edith V. Parish,

Manager, Airspace and Rules.

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[FR Doc. E6-14744 Filed 9-5-06; 8:45 am]

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