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Proposed Modification of Jet Routes J-37 and J-55; Northeast United States

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).


This action proposes to modify Jet Routes J-37 and J-55 in the Northeast United States (U.S.) by terminating the routes at a navigation aid prior to the U.S./Canadian Border. This change is proposed to resolve flight plan processing issues between U.S. and Canadian air traffic control (ATC) systems.


Comments must be received on or before March 22, 2010.


Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001; telephone: (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA-2010-0003 and Airspace Docket No. 09-ANE-104 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at

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Paul Gallant, 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-2010-0003 and Airspace Docket No. 09-Start Printed Page 5705ANE-104) and be submitted in triplicate to the Docket Management Facility (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-2010-0003 and Airspace Docket No. 09-ANE-104.” 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 NPRMs

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​airports_​airtraffic/​air_​traffic/​publications/​airspace_​amendments/​.

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 Eastern Service Center, Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, Room 210, 1701 Columbia Ave., College Park, GA 30337.

Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRMs 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.

The Proposal

The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to modify Jet Route J-37 by terminating the route at the Massena, NY, very high frequency omnidirectional range/tactical air navigation (VORTAC) aid. J-37 currently terminates at a point where the Massena VORTAC 037° (T) radial intersects the U.S./Canadian border. Wherein J-37 terminates at the international boundary rather than a navigation aid or fix imposes flight plan processing issues between U.S. En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) and Canadian ATC facilities. The proposed change would eliminate the short segment of J-37 that extends between the Massena VORTAC and the U.S./Canadian border. Four other existing Jet Routes that terminate at the Massena VORTAC provide connectivity between J-37 and routes that extend into Canadian airspace.

The FAA is also proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 to modify Jet Route J-55 by terminating that route at the Presque Isle, ME, VOR/distance measuring equipment (DME) aid. This would eliminate the segment of J-55 that extends between the Presque Isle VOR/DME and the Mont Joli, PQ, Canada VOR/DME.

All radials in the J-37 and J-55 legal descriptions in this NPRM are stated in reference to True North only.

Jet routes are published in paragraph 2004 of FAA Order 7400.9T dated August 27, 2009 and effective September 15, 2009, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The jet routes listed in this document would be subsequently published 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.

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 the route structure as required to preserve the safe and efficient flow of air traffic.

Environmental Review

This proposal is not subject to environmental review because all proposed actions relate to flight above Flight Level 180 in accordance with FAA Memorandums dated January 17, 2001 and September 25, 2003 related to the altitude cut-off to be used in determining the study areas for environmental analyses. Additionally, if environmental review were required, this proposed action would qualify for categorical exclusion in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1, “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures” Paragraph 311a.

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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 7400.9T, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, Dated August 27, 2009 and effective September 15, 2009, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 2004 Jet Routes.

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J-37 [Amended]

From Hobby, TX, via INT of the Hobby 090° and Harvey, LA, 266° radials; Harvey; Semmes, AL; Montgomery, AL; Spartanburg, SC; Lynchburg, VA; Gordonsville, VA; Brooke, VA; INT Brooke 067° and Coyle, NJ, Start Printed Page 5706226° radials; to Coyle. From Kennedy, NY; Kingston, NY; Albany, NY; Massena, NY.

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J-55 [Amended]

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.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on January 26, 2010.

Edith V. Parish,

Manager, Airspace & Rules Group.

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[FR Doc. 2010-2468 Filed 2-3-10; 8:45 am]