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Proposed Modification of Area Navigation (RNAV) Route T-265, IL

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).


This action proposes to modify RNAV route T-265 in support of the O'Hare Modernization Project (OMP)/Chicago Airspace Project (CAP). This proposed action would insert a dogleg and re-align T-265 slightly to the west to provide appropriate lateral spacing from a new Rockford Airport Traffic Control Tower (RFD) and Chicago Terminal Radar Approach Control (C90) airspace boundary and to maintain the efficiency and safety of aircraft transitioning around the Chicago Class B airspace area.

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Comments must be received on or before February 10, 2014.


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-2013-0952 and Airspace Docket No. 13-AGL-18 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at

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Colby Abbott, Airspace Policy and ATC Procedures Group, Office of Airspace Services, 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-2013-0952 and Airspace Docket No. 13-AGL-18) 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-2013-0952 and Airspace Docket No. 13-AGL-18.” 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 NPRM's

An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the Internet 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 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 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 NPRM's 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 T-265 in support of the OMP/CAP. As part of the OMP/CAP, the RFD/C90 airspace boundary will be moved to the west. This proposed action would re-align T-265 slightly to the west by replacing the first two waypoints in the existing route, KELSI and SIMMN, with two airway intersection fixes, AHMED and START, respectively, and then re-designating the remaining waypoints in the route, BULLZ and VEENA, as airway intersection fixes also. The proposed route modification would ensure appropriate lateral spacing from the new RFD/C90 airspace boundary and eliminate the need for manual air traffic control (ATC) coordination or aircraft to accomplish frequency changes between the two facilities. This modification would shorten T-265 by almost two nautical miles while providing the same level of convenience to the flying public with an easy way to file and fly around the Chicago Class B airspace area between Chicago/Rockford International Airport, IL, and Chicago O'Hare International Airport, IL.

Low altitude RNAV routes are published in paragraph 6011 of FAA Order 7400.9X, dated August 7, 2013, and effective September 15, 2013, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The RNAV route 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 would modify the route structure as required to enhance the safe and efficient flow of air traffic within the National Airspace System.

Environmental Review

This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1E, “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures” prior to any FAA final regulatory action.

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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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Start Printed Page 78305 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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Paragraph 6011 United States Area Navigation Routes

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T-265 AHMED, IL to VEENA, WI [Amended]
AHMED, ILFix(Lat. 41°29′52″ N., long. 88°51′52″ W.)
START, ILFix(Lat. 41°45′25″ N., long. 89°00′22″ W.)
BULLZ, ILFix(Lat. 42°27′27″ N., long. 88°46′17″ W.)
VEENA, WIFix(Lat. 42°42′18″ N., long. 88°18′14″ W.)
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Issued in Washington, DC, on December 18, 2013.

Gary A. Norek,

Manager, Airspace Policy and ATC Procedures Group.

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[FR Doc. 2013-30693 Filed 12-24-13; 8:45 am]