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Proposed Establishment, Modification and Revocation of VOR Federal Airways; East Central United States

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM).


This SNPRM would change the description for the proposed modification of VOR Federal Airway V-133, previously published in the Federal Register on June 16, 2006 (71 FR 34854). This action would improve the efficient use of the navigable airspace assigned to the Chicago, Cleveland, and Indianapolis Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC).


Comments must be received on or before July 30, 2007.


Send comments on this proposal to the Docket Management System, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590; telephone: (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA-2006-24926 and Airspace Docket No. 06-ASW-1, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at

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Steve Rohring, Airspace and Rules Group, Office of System Operations Airspace and AIM, 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 (FAA Docket No. FAA-2006-24926 and Airspace Docket No. 06-ASW-1) 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

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-2006-24926 and Airspace Docket No. 06-ASW-1.” 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 Start Printed Page 33169closing 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 Federal Register's web page at​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.


On June 16, 2006, the FAA published an NPRM in the Federal Register 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) (71 FR 34854). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal. No comments were received objecting to the proposal.

On January 18, 2007, the FAA published in the Federal Register a final rule (72 FR 2182) taking action on all of the above proposed airway establishments, modifications and revocations except V-65 and V-133. Action on V-65 was deferred because the Sandusky VOR was out of service. Establishment of V-65 is being taken under separate rulemaking. Action on V-133 was deferred because the original routing proposed in the NPRM did not pass flight check. This SNPRM proposes an alternative routing for V-133 that has already passed flight check.

The Proposal

The FAA is proposing to amend Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to modify V-133 over the East Central United States. This action is proposed as part of MASE to enhance safety and to facilitate the more flexible and efficient use of the navigable airspace. Further, this action would enhance the management of aircraft operations within the Chicago, Cleveland, and Indianapolis Air Route Traffic Control Centers' areas of responsibility.

VOR Federal Airways are published in paragraph 6010 of FAA Order 7400.9P, dated September 1, 2006, and effective September 15, 2006, 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.

Environmental Review

The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environment Policy Act in accordance with 311a and 311b., FAA Order 1050.1E, “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures”. This airspace action is not expected to cause any potentially significant environment impacts, and no extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of environmental assessment.

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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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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 7400.9P, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated September 1, 2006, and effective September 15, 2006, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6010 VOR Federal Airways

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V-133 [Revised]

From INT Charlotte, NC, 305° and Barretts Mountain, NC, 197° radials; Barrets Mountain; Charleston, WV; Zanesville, OH; Tiverton, OH; Mansfield, OH; Sandusky, OH; INT Sandusky 342°(T)/346°(M) and Detroit, MI 138°(T)/144°(M) radials; Detroit; Salem, MI; INT Salem 346° and Saginaw, MI 160° radials; Saginaw; Traverse City, MI; Escanaba, MI; Sawyer, 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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Issued in Washington, DC, on June 6, 2007.

Kenneth McElroy,

Acting Manager, Airspace and Rules Group.

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[FR Doc. E7-11537 Filed 6-14-07; 8:45 am]