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Proposed Amendment of Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes J-6, Q-68, V-5, V-49, V-243, and T-325 in the Vicinity of Bowling Green, KY

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

SUMMARY:

This action proposes to amend one jet route, J-6; three VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways, V-5, V-49, and V-243; and two area navigation (RNAV) routes, Q-68 and T-325. The FAA is proposing this action due to the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Bowling Green, KY, VOR/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) navigation aid (NAVAID). The Bowling Green VOR is being decommissioned in support of the FAA's VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program.

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before May 8, 2020.

ADDRESSES:

Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: 1(800) 647-5527, or (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA-2020-0188; Airspace Docket No. 20-ASO-9 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov.

FAA Order 7400.11D, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at https://www.faa.gov/​air_​traffic/​publications/​. For further information, you can contact the Rules and Regulations Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.11D at NARA, email: fedreg.legal@nara.gov or go to https://www.archives.gov/​federal-register/​cfr/​ibr-locations.html.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Authority for This Rulemaking

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 National Airspace System as necessary to preserve the safe and efficient flow of air traffic.

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-2020-0188; Airspace Docket No. 20-ASO-9) 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 https://www.regulations.gov.

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-2020-0188; Airspace Docket No. 20-ASO-9.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.

All communications received on or before the specified comment closing date 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 comment closing date. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket.Start Printed Page 16586

Availability of NPRMs

An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA's web page at https://www.faa.gov/​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 9:00 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 Operations Support Group, Central Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, 10101 Hillwood Blvd., Fort Worth, TX, 76177.

Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.11D, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 8, 2019, and effective September 15, 2019. FAA Order 7400.11D is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11D lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points.

Background

The FAA is planning to decommission the VOR portion of the Bowling Green, KY (BWG), VORTAC in September 2020. The Bowling Green VOR was one of the candidate VORs identified for discontinuance by the FAA's VOR MON program and listed in the Final policy statement notice, “Provision of Navigation Services for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Transition to Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) (Plan for Establishing a VOR Minimum Operational Network),” published in the Federal Register of July 26, 2016 (81 FR 48694), Docket No. FAA-2011-1082. Although the VOR portion of the Bowling Green VORTAC NAVAID is planned for decommissioning, the DME portion is being retained with the “BWG” identifier. The air traffic service (ATS) routes affected by the Bowling Green VOR decommissioning are jet route J-6; VOR Federal airways V-5, V-49, and V-243; and RNAV route T-325.

With the planned decommissioning of the Bowling Green VOR, the remaining ground-based NAVAID coverage in the area is insufficient to enable the continuity of J-6, V-5, V-49, and V-243 within the affected area. As such, the proposed modifications to J-6 and V-5 would result in gaps in the ATS routes. The proposed modifications to V-49 and V-243 would result in the V-49 airway segment north of the Nashville, TN, VORTAC and the V-243 airway segment north of the Choo Choo, TN, VORTAC being removed.

To overcome the removal of the J-6, V-5, V-49, and V-243 route and airway segments, the FAA plans to retain the current fixes located along those route and airway segments to assist pilots and air traffic controllers already familiar with them, for navigation purposes. Additionally, the FAA proposes to extend RNAV route Q-68 between a new waypoint being established, named LITTR, near the Little Rock, AR, VORTAC and the Charleston, WV, VOR/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) NAVAID to overlay the J-6 routing being removed. Lastly, the Bowling Green, KY, DME facility is planned to be retained and charted in its current location as a DME facility with the “BWG” identifier. As such, the FAA proposes to retain T-325 as it is charted today by changing the Bowling Green, KY, VORTAC route point to reflect the Bowling Green, KY, DME route point.

Instrument flight rules (IFR) traffic could use the extended Q-68 route segment in the enroute high altitude structure or existing adjacent ATS route segments (including V-4, V-11, V-47, V-51, V-140, V-513, and T-325) in the enroute low altitude structure, file point-to-point using the fixes that will remain in place, or receive air traffic control (ATC) radar vectors to continue operating through the affected area. Visual flight rules (VFR) pilots who elect to navigate via the airways through the affected area could also take advantage of the air traffic services previously listed.

The Proposal

The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to remove ATS route segments from J-6, V-5, V-49, and V-243; extend RNAV route Q-68 to overlay the J-6 routing being removed; and redefine the RNAV route T-325 Bowling Green, KY, VORTAC route point. This proposal would also correct the location for the Choo Choo VORTAC to read Tennessee (TN). The planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Bowling Green, KY, VORTAC has made this action necessary. The proposed ATS route actions are described below.

J-6: J-6 currently extends between the Salinas, CA, VORTAC and the Albany, NY, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the route segment between the Little Rock, AR, VORTAC and the Charleston, WV, VOR/DME. The unaffected portions of the existing route would remain as charted.

Q-68: Q-68 currently extends between the Charleston, WV, VOR/DME and the OTTTO, VA, waypoint located near the Linden, VA, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to extend the route westward from the Charleston, WV, VOR/DME to a new waypoint, named LITTR, being established near the Little Rock, AR, VORTAC to overlay the J-6 routing proposed to be removed. The unaffected portions of the existing route would remain as charted.

V-5: V-5 currently extends between the Pecan, GA, VOR/DME and the Appleton, OH, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment between the Choo Choo, TN, VORTAC and the New Hope, KY, VOR/DME. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted.

V-49: V-49 currently extends between the Vulcan, AL, VORTAC and the Mystic, KY, VOR. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment between the Nashville, TN, VORTAC and the Mystic, KY, VOR. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted.

V-243: V-243 currently extends between the Craig, FL, VORTAC and the Bowling Green, KY, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to remove the airway segment between the Choo Choo, TN, VORTAC and the Bowling Green, KY, VORTAC. The unaffected portions of the existing airway would remain as charted.

T-325: T-325 currently extends between the Bowling Green, KY, VORTAC and the Terre Haute, IN, VORTAC. The FAA proposes to change the Bowling Green, KY (BWG), route point from being listed as a “VORTAC” to a “DME”. Additionally, the Bowling Green, KY, “BWG” identifier and Terre Haute, IN, “TTH” identifier are added to the first line of the route description and the geographic coordinates of each route point are updated to be expressed in degrees, minutes, seconds, and hundredths of a second. The existing RNAV route would remain as charted.

The NAVAID radials listed in the airway descriptions below are unchanged and stated in True degrees.

Jet routes are published in paragraph 2004, RNAV Q-routes are published in paragraph 2006, VOR Federal airways are published in paragraph 6010(a), and RNAV T-routes are published in paragraph 6011 of FAA Order 7400.11D dated August 8, 2019, and effective Start Printed Page 16587September 15, 2019, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The ATS routes listed in this document would be subsequently published in the Order.

FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15.

Regulatory Notices and Analyses

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. It, therefore: (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.

Environmental Review

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

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

  • Airspace
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Navigation (air)
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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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PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS

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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(f), 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 7400.11D, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 8, 2019, and effective September 15, 2019, is amended as follows:

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Paragraph 2004 Jet Routes.

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J-6 [Amended]

From Salinas, CA; INT Salinas 145° and Avenal, CA, 292° radials; Avenal; INT Avenal 119° and Palmdale, CA, 310° radials; Palmdale; Hector, CA; Needles, CA; Drake, AZ; Zuni, AZ; Albuquerque, NM; Tucumcari, NM; Panhandle, TX; Will Rogers, OK; to Little Rock, AR. From Charleston, WV; INT Charleston 076° and Martinsburg, WV, 243° radials; Martinsburg; Lancaster, PA; Broadway, NJ; Sparta, NJ; to Albany, NY.

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Paragraph 2006 United States Area Navigation Routes.

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Q-68 LITTR, AR to OTTTO, VA [Amended]
LITTR, ARWP(Lat. 34°40′39.90″ N, long. 092°10′49.26″ W)
SOPIE, TNFIX(Lat. 36°08′37.48″ N, long. 088°33′47.95″ W)
Bowling Green, KYDME(Lat. 36°55′43.47″ N, long. 086°26′36.36″ W)
YOCKY, KYFIX(Lat. 37°39′14.79″ N, long. 084°09′22.45″ W)
SPAYD, WVFIX(Lat. 38°11′36.56″ N, long. 082°19′28.69″ W)
CHARLESTON, WV (HVQ)VOR/DME(Lat. 38°20′58.83″ N, long. 081°46′11.69″ W)
TOMCA, WVWP(Lat. 38°34′42.49″ N, long. 080°36′41.09″ W)
RONZZ, WVWP(Lat. 38°33′16.08″ N, long. 080°07′56.63″ W)
HHOLZ, WVWP(Lat. 38°38′01.96″ N, long. 079°41′33.22″ W)
CAPOE, VAWP(Lat. 38°51′13.13″ N, long. 078°22′27.45″ W)
OTTTO, VAWP(Lat. 38°51′15.81″ N, long. 078°12′20.01″ W)
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Paragraph 6010(a) Domestic VOR Federal Airways.

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V-5 [Amended]

From Pecan, GA; Vienna, GA; Dublin, GA; Athens, GA; INT Athens 340° and Electric City, SC, 274° radials; INT Electric City 274° and Choo Choo, TN, 127° radials; to Choo Choo. From New Hope, KY; Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH; to Appleton, OH.

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V-49 [Amended]

From Vulcan, AL; Decatur, AL; to Nashville, TN.

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V-243 [Amended]

From Craig, FL; Waycross, GA; Vienna, GA; LaGrange, GA; INT LaGrange 342° and Choo Choo, TN, 189° radials; to Choo Choo.

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Paragraph 6011 United States Area Navigation Routes.

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T-325 Bowling Green, KY (BWG) to Terre Haute, IN (TTH) [Amended]
Bowling Green, KY (BWG)DME(Lat. 36°55′43.47″ N, long. 086°26′36.36″ W)
RENRO, KYWP(Lat. 37°28′50.53″ N, long. 086°39′19.25″ W)
LOONE, KYWP(Lat. 37°44′14.43″ N, long. 086°45′18.02″ W)
APALO, INWP(Lat. 38°00′20.59″ N, long. 086°51′35.27″ W)
BUNKA, INWP(Lat. 39°04′57.32″ N, long. 087°09′06.58″ W)
Terre Haute, IN (TTH)VORTAC(Lat. 39°29′20.19″ N, long. 087°14′56.45″ W)
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Issued in Washington, DC, on March 11, 2020.

Scott M. Rosenbloom,

Acting Manager, Rules and Regulations Group.

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[FR Doc. 2020-05863 Filed 3-23-20; 8:45 am]

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