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

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action modifies VOR Federal Airway, V-133 over the East Central United States in support of the Midwest Airspace Enhancement Plan (MASE). The FAA is taking this action to enhance safety and to improve the efficient use of the navigable airspace assigned to the Chicago, Cleveland, and Indianapolis Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC).


Effective Date: 0901 UTC, December 20, 2007. 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 15, 2007, the FAA published in the Federal Register a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) (72 FR 33168) to modify the description for V-133 published in a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) issued on June 16, 2006 (71 FR 34854). In a final rule published in the Federal Register, January 18, 2007 (72 FR 2182), V-133 was deferred because the suggested routing proposed in the NPRM did not pass flight check. 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.

VOR Federal Airways are published in paragraph 6010 of FAA Order 7400.9R dated August 15, 2006 and effective September 15, 2007, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The VOR Federal Airway listed in this document will be published subsequently in that Order.

The Rule

This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to modify V-133 over the East Central United States. This action enhances safety and facilitates the more flexible and efficient use of the navigable airspace. Further, this action enhances the management of aircraft operations within the Chicago, Cleveland, and Indianapolis ARTCCs' areas of responsibility.

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.

The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency's authority.

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 modifies VOR Federal Airway V-133 in the Eastern Central United States.

Environmental Review

The FAA has reviewed the above referenced proposed action and determined 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 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° and Detroit, MI 138° 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 September 27, 2007.

Edith V. Parish,

Manager, Airspace and Rules Group.

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[FR Doc. E7-19745 Filed 10-9-07; 8:45 am]