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IFR Altitudes; Miscellaneous Amendments

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ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This amendment adopts miscellaneous amendments to the required IFR (instrument flight rules) altitudes and changeover points for certain Federal airways, jet routes, or direct routes for which a minimum or maximum en route authorized IFR altitude is prescribed. This regulatory action is needed because of changes occurring in the National Airspace System. These changes are designed to provide for the safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace under instrument conditions in the affected areas.

DATES:

Effective Date: 0901 UTC, April 5, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Rick Dunham, Flight Procedure Standards Branch (AMCAFS-420), Flight Technologies and Programs Division, Flight Standards Service, Federal Aviation Administration, Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, 6500 South MacArthur Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73169 (Mail Address: P.O. Box 25082 Oklahoma City, OK 73125) telephone: (405) 954-4164.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This amendment to part 95 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 95) amends, suspends, or revokes IFR altitudes governing the operation of all aircraft in flight over a specified route or any portion of that route, as well as the changeover points (COPs) for Federal airways, jet routes, or direct routes as prescribed in part 95.

The Rule

The specified IFR altitudes, when used in conjunction with the prescribed changeover points for those routes, ensure navigation aid coverage that is adequate for safe flight operations and free of frequency interference. The reasons and circumstances that create the need for this amendment involve matters of flight safety and operational efficiency in the National Airspace System, are related to published aeronautical charts that are essential to the user, and provide for the safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace. In addition, those various reasons or circumstances require making this amendment effective before the next scheduled charting and publication date of the flight information to assure its timely availability to the user. The effective date of this amendment reflects those considerations. In view of the close and immediate relationship between these regulatory changes and safety in air commerce, I find that notice and public procedure before adopting this amendment are impracticable and contrary to the public interest and that good cause exists for making the amendment effective in less than 30 days.

Conclusion

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. It, therefore—(1) is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a “significant rule” under 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. For the same reason, the FAA certifies that this amendment will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 95

Issued in Washington, DC, on March 2, 2012.

John McGraw,

Deputy Director, Flight Standards Service.

Adoption of the Amendment

Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, part 95 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 95) is amended as follows effective at 0901 UTC, April 5, 2012.

1. The authority citation for part 95 continues to read as follows:

Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40106, 40113, 40114, 40120, 44502, 44514, 44719, 44721.

2. Part 95 is amended to read as follows:

Revisions to IFR Altitudes and Changeover Points

[Amendment 499 effective date April 5, 2012]

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§ 95.3000 Low Altitude RNAV Routes
§ 95.3223 RNAV Route T223 Is Amended to Read in Part
NONDA, AK FIXBLUGA, AK FIX1240017500
*10000—MCA BLUGA, AK FIX, SW BND
§ 95.3288 RNAV Route T288 Is Amended to Read in Part
GILLETTE, WY VOR/DMETRTTL, WY FIX700017500
TRTTL, WY FIXKARAS, WY FIX900017500
KARAS, WY FIX*PACTO, SD FIX1000017500
*9700—MRA
PACTO, SD FIXRAPID CITY, SD VORTAC710017500
§ 95.4000 High Altitude RNAV Routes
§ 95.4044 RNAV Route Q44 Is Amended to Read in Part
NOME, AK VOR/DMEHLBLY, AK FIX1800045000
#GNSS REQUIRED
HLBLY, AK FIXANCHORAGE, AK VOR/DME1800045000
#GNSS REQUIRED
§ 95.4051 RNAV Route Q51 Is Amended to Read in Part
KING SALMON, AK VORTACSLIIM, AK FIX1800045000
#GNSS REQUIRED
SLIIM, AK FIXHLBLY, AK FIX1800045000
#GNSS REQUIRED
HLBLY, AK FIXKOTZEBUE, AK VOR/DME1800045000
#GNSS REQUIRED
§ 95.4055 RNAV Route Q55 Is Amended to Read in Part
KODIAK, AK VOR/DMESLIIM, AK FIX1800045000
#GNSS REQUIRED
SLIIM, AK FIXNOME, AK VOR/DME1800045000
#GNSS REQUIRED

FromToMEA
§ 95.6001 Victor Routes—U.S.
§ 95.6002 VOR Federal Airway V2 Is Amended to Read in Part
REEPO, MT FIXCOLUS, MT FIX
W BND9700
E BND7000
COLUS, MT FIXBILLINGS, MT VORTAC
W BND9700
E BND6400
§ 95.681 VOR Federal Airway V81 Is Amended to Read in Part
SCOTTSBLUFF, NE VORTACTOADSTOOL, NE VOR/DME7000
§ 95.6086 VOR Federal Airway V86 Is Amended to Read in Part
REEPO, MT FIXCOLUS, MT FIX
W BND9700
E BND7000
COLUS, MT FIXBILLINGS, MT VORTAC
W BND9700
E BND6400
§ 95.689 VOR Federal Airway V89 Is Amended to Read in Part
CHEYENNE, WY VORTACLITER, WY FIX8300
LITER, WY FIXTOADSTOOL, NE VOR/DME7800
§ 95.6101 VOR Federal Airway V101 Is Amended to Read in Part
GILL, CO VOR/DME*LIBEL, CO FIX**10000
*13500—MCA LIBEL, CO FIX, W BND
**8900—MOCA
LIBEL, CO FIXBROCC, CO FIX16000
BROCC, CO FIXECHOA, CO FIX13200
ECHOA, CO FIX*HAYDEN, CO VOR/DME
E BND13200
W BND11500
*11500—MCA HAYDEN, CO VOR/DME, E BND
§ 95.6169 VOR Federal Airway V169 Is Amended to Read in Part
SCOTTSBLUFF, NE VORTACTOADSTOOL, NE VOR/DME7000
TOADSTOOL, NE VOR/DMEWAXER, NE FIX7000
§ 95.6170 VOR Federal Airway V170 Is Amended to Read in Part
ABERDEEN, SD VOR/DMESIOUX FALLS, SD VORTAC*5000
*3400—MOCA
§ 95.6272 VOR Federal Airway V272 Is Amended to Read in Part
SERTS, OK FIXLIONS, OK FIX*4500
*3100—MOCA
*3700—GNSS MEA
LIONS, OK FIXWILL ROGERS, OK VORTAC3300
§ 95.6291 VOR Federal Airway V291 Is Amended to Read in Part
WINSLOW, AZ VORTAC#FLAGSTAFF, AZ VOR/DME10100
*11000—MCA FLAGSTAFF, AZ VOR/DME, NE BND
#MTA V327 N TO V291 E 11000
§ 95.6421 VOR Federal Airway V421 Is Amended to Read in Part
ROBERT, CO VOR/DMEHAHNS, CO FIX*13000
*12300—MOCA
§ 95.6437 VOR Federal Airway V437 Is Amended to Read in Part
SAVANNAH, GA VORTACCHARLESTON, SC VORTAC2000
§ 95.6465 VOR Federal Airway V465 Is Amended to Read in Part
DUNOIR, WY VOR/DMEREDLO, MT FIX*17000
*14500—MOCA
REDLO, MT FIXLAREI, MT FIX
N BND7200
S BND17000
LAREI, MT FIX*BILLINGS, MT VORTAC
S BND17000
N BND6000
*7000—MCA BILLINGS, MT VORTAC, S BND
§ 95.6320 Alaska VOR Federal Airway V320 Is Amended to Read in Part
WINOR, AK FIX*FRIDA, AK FIX#10000
*9500—MRA
*7600—MCA FRIDA, AK FIX, W BND
#MEA IS ESTABLISHED WITH A GAP IN NAVIGATION SIGNAL COVERAGE
§ 95.6440 Alaska VOR Federal Airway V440 Is Amended to Read in Part
WINOR, AK FIX*FRIDA, AK FIX#10000
*9500—MRA
*7600—MCA FRIDA, AK FIX, W BND
#MEA IS ESTABLISHED WITH A GAP IN NAVIGATION SIGNAL COVERAGE

FromToMEAMAA
§ 95.7001 Jet Routes
§ 95.7537 Jet Route J537 Is Amended to Read in Part
ROME, OR VOR/DMEMULLAN PASS, ID VOR/DME2200045000

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