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Proposed Modification of Area Navigation (RNAV) Route Q-62; Northeast United States

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Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).


This action proposes to modify area navigation (RNAV) route Q-62 by extending it further west and incorporating two additional navigation fixes. The route extension is proposed to link two RNAV Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs) serving the Chicago O'Hare International Airport, IL, terminal area with the high altitude route. The FAA is taking this action to increase National Airspace System (NAS) efficiency and enhance flight safety as aircraft transition from the en route airway structure to the terminal area airspace phase of flight.


Comments must be received on or before March 22, 2012.


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-2011-1407 and Airspace Docket No. 11-AGL-25 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at


Colby Abbott, Airspace, Regulations and ATC Procedures Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-8783.


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-2011-1407 and Airspace Docket No. 11-AGL-25) 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-2011-1407 and Airspace Docket No. 11-AGL-25.” 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

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 Central Service Center, Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137.

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 by extending high altitude RNAV route Q-62 to the west to include the WATSN and DAIFE fixes. The proposed change would facilitate linking the WATSN and HALIE RNAV STARs serving Chicago O'Hare International Airport, IL, with the high altitude route and establish a seamless transition for westbound air traffic from the New York metropolitan area into the Chicago O'Hare International Airport, IL, terminal area. This proposed route extension would also reduce ATC system complexity, air traffic controller and pilot workload, and voice communication requirements, as well as reduce aircraft fuel consumption and expand the use of RNAV within the NAS.

High altitude RNAV routes are published in paragraph 2006 of FAA Order 7400.9V dated August 9, 2011, and effective September 15, 2011, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The RNAV 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.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

The Proposed Amendment

In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows:


1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows:

Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.


2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.9V, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, Dated August 9, 2011, and effective September 15, 2011, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 2006 United States Area Navigation Routes

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Q-62 WATSN, IN to SARAA, PA [Amended]
WATSN, INFIX(Lat. 41°17′00″ N., long. 86°02′07″ W.)
DAIFE, INWP(Lat. 41°16′08″ N., long. 85°51′19″ W.)
NOLNN, OHWP(Lat. 41°14′04″ N., long. 84°38′12″ W.)
WEEVR, OHWP(Lat. 41°13′21″ N., long. 84°13′04″ W.)
PSKUR, OHWP(Lat. 41°09′16″ N., long. 82°42′57″ W.)
FAALS, OHWP(Lat. 41°02′51″ N., long. 80°52′40″ W.)
ALEEE, OHWP(Lat. 41°00′28″ N., long. 80°31′54″ W.)
QUARM, PAWP(Lat. 40°49′45″ N., long. 79°04′39″ W.)
BURNI, PAFIX(Lat. 40°39′25″ N., long. 77°48′14″ W.)
MCMAN, PAFIX(Lat. 40°38′16″ N., long. 77°34′14″ W.)
VALLO, PAFIX(Lat. 40°37′37″ N., long. 77°26′18″ W.)
Ravine, PA (RAV)VORTAC(Lat. 40°33′12″ N., long. 76°35′58″ W.)
SUZIE, PAFIX(Lat. 40°27′12″ N., long. 75°58′22″ W.)
SARAA, PAFIX(Lat. 40°26′22″ N., long. 75°53′16″ W.)

Issued in Washington, DC, on January 30, 2012.

Gary A. Norek,

Acting Manager, Airspace, Regulations and ATC Procedures Group.

[FR Doc. 2012-2483 Filed 2-3-12; 8:45 am]