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Revision of Jet Routes J-29 and J-101; South Central United States

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action revises Jet Routes J-29 and J-101 over the South Central United States in support of the Houston Area Air Traffic System Project. This allows for more effective utilization of airspace and enhances the management of aircraft operations over the Houston terminal area.


Effective Date: 0901 UTC, April 10, 2008. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under 1 CFR part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments.

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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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On June 7, 2007, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to revise J-29 between the Humble, TX, VORTAC and the El Dorado, AR, VORTAC, and revise J-101 between the Lufkin, TX, VORTAC and Little Rock, AR, VORTAC (72 FR 31477). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal. No comments were received in response to the proposal. With the exception of editorial changes, this amendment is the same as that proposed in the NPRM.

The Rule

This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by revising J-29 and J-101 over the South Central United States. Specifically, this action revises J-29 between the Humble, TX, VORTAC and the El Dorado, AR, VORTAC, and revises J-101 between the Lufkin, TX, VORTAC and Little Rock, AR, VORTAC. This action allows for more effective utilization of airspace and enhances the management of aircraft operations over the Houston terminal area.

Jet routes are published in paragraph 2004 of FAA Order 7400.9R, signed August 15, 2007 and effective September 15, 2007, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Jet routes 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. Therefore, this 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 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.

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 revises Jet Routes J-29 and J-101 in the South Central United States.

Environmental Review

The FAA has reviewed the above referenced action and determined that it is categorically excluded from further environmental documentation according to FAA Order 1050.1E, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, in accordance with paragraphs 311a. Additionally, the implementation of this action will not result in any extraordinary circumstances in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1E paragraph 304.

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

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The Amendment

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In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends

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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

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Paragraph 2004—Jet Routes.

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J-29 [Revised]

From the INT of the United States/Mexican Border and the Corpus Christi, TX, 229° radial via Corpus Christi; Palacios, TX; Humble, TX; El Dorado, AR; Memphis, TN; Pocket City, IN; INT Pocket City 051° and Rosewood, OH, 230° radials; Rosewood; DRYER, OH; Jamestown, NY; Syracuse, NY; Plattsburgh, NY; Bangor, ME; to Halifax, Canada; excluding the portions within Mexico and Canada.

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J-101 [Revised]

From Humble, TX, Lufkin, TX; Little Rock, AR; St. Louis, MO; Spinner, IL; Pontiac, IL; Joliet, IL; Northbrook, IL; Badger, WI; Green Bay, WI; to Sault Ste Marie, MI.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2007.

Edith V. Parish,

Manager, Airspace and Rules Group.

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[FR Doc. E7-19742 Filed 10-9-07; 8:45 am]