[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 156 (Monday, August 15, 2022)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 50023-50025]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-17206]



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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2022-0931; Airspace Docket No. 21-AEA-20]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Establishment of Area Navigation (RNAV) Routes; 
Northeast United States

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to establish three low altitude United 
States Area Navigation (RNAV) routes (T-routes) in support of the VHF 
Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Minimum Operational Network (MON) Program. 
The purpose is to enhance the efficiency of the National Airspace 
System (NAS) by transitioning from a ground-based to a satellite-based 
navigation system.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 29, 2022.

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: 
(800) 647-5527, or (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. 
FAA-2022-0931; Airspace Docket No. 21-AEA-20 at the beginning of your 
comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at 
www.regulations.gov.
    FAA Order JO 7400.11F, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, 
and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Gallant, Rules and Regulations 
Group, Office of Policy, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-
8783.

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 expand the availability of RNAV in the eastern 
United States and improve the efficient flow of air traffic within the 
NAS by lessening the dependency on ground-based navigation.

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-2022-0931; Airspace Docket No. 21-AEA-20) 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 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-2022-0931; Airspace Docket No. 21-AEA-20.'' 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.

Availability of NPRMs

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the 
internet at www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking 
documents can also be accessed through the FAA's web page at 
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 Eastern Service Center, Federal 
Aviation Administration, Room 210, 1701 Columbia Ave., College Park, 
GA, 30337.

Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

    This document proposes to amend FAA Order JO 7400.11F, Airspace 
Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 10, 2021, and effective 
September 15, 2021. FAA Order JO 7400.11F is publicly available as 
listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order JO 7400.11F 
lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service 
routes, and reporting points.

The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 to establish 
three low altitude RNAV T-routes, designated T-307, T-324, and T-335, 
in the northeast United States to support the VOR MON Program and the 
transition from ground-based navigation aids.
    T-307: T-307 is a proposed new route that would extend between the 
PEARS, NC, Fix (located approximately 38 nautical miles southeast of 
the Tar River, NC (TYI), VHF Omnidirectional Range and Tactical Air 
Navigational System (VORTAC)), and the Syracuse, NY (SYR), VORTAC. T-
307 would overlay a portion of VOR Federal airway V-139 from the PEARS, 
NC, Fix, to the Sea Isle, NJ (SIE), VORTAC. It would overlay airway V-
184 from the PADRE, PA, Fix, to the Philipsburg, PA (PSB), VORTAC. 
Also, it would overlay airway V-35 from the Philipsburg, PA (PSB), 
VORTAC to the Syracuse, NY (SYR), VORTAC.
    In the description of T-307, the following waypoints (WP) are used 
in place of VORTACs or VHF Omnidirectional Range/Distance Measuring 
Equipment (VOR/DME) facilities as indicated. The OUTLA, VA, WP replaces 
the Cape Charles, VA (CCV), VORTAC. The ZJAAY, MD, WP replaces the Snow 
Hill, MD (SWL), VORTAC. The WNSTN, NJ, WP replaces

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the Sea Isle, NJ (SIE), VORTAC. The DLMAR, PA, WP replaces the 
Stonyfork, PA (SFK), VOR/DME. The STUBN, NY, WP replaces the Elmira, NY 
(ULW), VOR/DME.
    T-324: T-324 is a proposed new route that would extend between the 
BRVRY, WV, WP and the BRIGS, NJ, Fix. T-324 would parallel airway V-166 
from the Kessel, WV (ESL), VOR/DME to the Woodstown, NJ (OOD), VORTAC. 
T-324 would overlay airway V-577 from the Cedar Lake, NJ (VCN), VOR/DME 
to the BRIGS, NJ, Fix.
    In the T-324 description, the BRVRY WP replaces the Kessel VOR/DME, 
and the JIIMS, NJ, WP, replaces the Cedar Lake VOR/DME.
    T-335: T-335 is a proposed new route that would extend between the 
ZJAAY, MD, WP and the Syracuse, NY (SYR), VORTAC. The route would 
overlay portions of airway V-29 from the Snow Hill, MD (SWL), VORTAC to 
the Syracuse, NY (SYR), VORTAC.
    In the description of T-335, WPs will replace certain VORTACs as 
follows. The ZJAAY, MD, WP replaces the Snow Hill, MD (SWL), VORTAC. 
The TRPOD, MD, WP replaces the Salisbury, MD (SBY), VORTAC. The BYEDN, 
DE, WP replaces the Dupont, DE (DQO), VORTAC. The LIMRK, PA, WP 
replaces the Pottstown, PA (PTW), VORTAC. The WLKES, PA, WP replaces 
the Wilkes-Barre, PA (LVZ), VORTAC.
    The full descriptions of the above routes are listed in the 
proposed amendments to part 71 set forth below.
    United States Area Navigation routes are published in paragraph 
6011 of FAA Order JO 7400.11F, dated August 10, 2021, and effective 
September 15, 2021, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. 
The United States Area Navigation routes listed in this document would 
be subsequently published in FAA Order JO 7400.11.
    FAA Order JO 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.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

The Proposed Amendment

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

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 14 CFR 71 continues to read as 
follows:

    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.


Sec.  71.1   [Amended]

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2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order JO 
7400.11F, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 10, 
2021, and effective September 15, 2021, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6011 United States Area Navigation Routes.

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T-307 PEARS, NC to Syracuse, NY (SYR) [New]
 
PEARS, NC                                       FIX                            (Lat. 35[deg]47'12.36'' N, long. 076[deg]57'01.97'' W)
Norfolk, VA (ORF)                               VORTAC                         (Lat. 36[deg]53'30.86'' N, long. 076[deg]12'01.18'' W)
OUTLA, VA                                       WP                             (Lat. 37[deg]20'45.48'' N, long. 075[deg]59'54.08'' W)
DUNFE, VA                                       FIX                            (Lat. 37[deg]53'18.83'' N, long. 075[deg]35'29.39'' W)
ZJAAY, MD                                       WP                             (Lat. 38[deg]03'09.95'' N, long. 075[deg]26'34.27'' W)
CBEAV, MD                                       FIX                            (Lat. 38[deg]22'19.01'' N, long. 075[deg]15'53.18'' W)
WNSTN, NJ                                       WP                             (Lat. 39[deg]05'43.81'' N, long. 074[deg]48'01.20'' W)
BRIEF, NJ                                       FIX                            (Lat. 39[deg]26'55.21'' N, long. 075[deg]07'39.69'' W)
TEBEE, NJ                                       FIX                            (Lat. 39[deg]30'13.97'' N, long. 075[deg]19'37.19'' W)
CHAZR, DE                                       WP                             (Lat. 39[deg]29'28.14'' N, long. 075[deg]44'28.13'' W)
APEER, MD                                       WP                             (Lat. 39[deg]37'32.94'' N, long. 075[deg]50'25.39'' W)
REESY, PA                                       WP                             (Lat. 39[deg]45'27.94'' N, long. 075[deg]52'07.09'' W)
PADRE, PA                                       FIX                            (Lat. 39[deg]56'16.67'' N, long. 076[deg]03'18.63'' W)
DELRO, PA                                       FIX                            (Lat. 39[deg]57'55.71'' N, long. 076[deg]37'31.24'' W)
Harrisburg, PA (HAR)                            VORTAC                         (Lat. 40[deg]18'08.06'' N, long. 077[deg]04'10.41'' W)
PYCAT, PA                                       FIX                            (Lat. 40[deg]26'46.59'' N, long. 077[deg]17'21.34'' W)
MCMAN, PA                                       FIX                            (Lat. 40[deg]38'16.11'' N, long. 077[deg]34'14.31'' W)
RASHE, PA                                       FIX                            (Lat. 40[deg]40'36.04'' N, long. 077[deg]38'38.94'' W)
Philipsburg, PA (PSB)                           VORTAC                         (Lat. 40[deg]54'58.53'' N, long. 077[deg]59'33.78'' W)
DLMAR, PA                                       WP                             (Lat. 41[deg]41'42.56'' N, long. 077[deg]25'11.02'' W)
STUBN, NY                                       WP                             (Lat. 42[deg]05'38.58'' N, long. 077[deg]01'28.68'' W)
Syracuse, NY (SYR)                              VORTAC                         (Lat. 43[deg]09'37.87'' N, long. 076[deg]12'16.41'' W)
 
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T-324 BRVRY, WV to BRIGS, NJ [New]
 
BRVRY, WV                                       WP                             (Lat. 39[deg]13'22.68'' N, long. 078[deg]57'47.18'' W)
BAMMY, WV                                       WP                             (Lat. 39[deg]24'33.13'' N, long. 078[deg]25'45.64'' W)
BUBBI, WV                                       FIX                            (Lat. 39[deg]27'03.29'' N, long. 078[deg]08'14.71'' W)
CPTAL, MD                                       WP                             (Lat. 39[deg]32'16.02'' N, long. 077[deg]41'55.65'' W)
TWIRK, MD                                       WP                             (Lat. 39[deg]34'36.70'' N, long. 077[deg]12'44.75'' W)
VMORT, MD                                       WP                             (Lat. 39[deg]39'14.53'' N, long. 076[deg]37'49.10'' W)
SHIKA, MD                                       WP                             (Lat. 39[deg]42'38.62'' N, long. 076[deg]21'13.41'' W)
TROYZ, MD                                       FIX                            (Lat. 39[deg]41'02.40'' N, long. 076[deg]07'05.67'' W)
APEER, MD                                       WP                             (Lat. 39[deg]37'32.94'' N, long. 075[deg]50'25.39'' W)

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CHAZR, DE                                       WP                             (Lat. 39[deg]29'28.14'' N, long. 075[deg]44'28.13'' W)
TEBEE, NJ                                       FIX                            (Lat. 39[deg]30'13.97'' N, long. 075[deg]19'37.19'' W)
JIIMS, NJ                                       WP                             (Lat. 39[deg]32'15.62'' N, long. 074[deg]58'01.72'' W)
BRIGS, NJ                                       FIX                            (Lat. 39[deg]31'24.72'' N, long. 074[deg]08'19.67'' W)
 
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T-335 ZJAAY, MD to Syracuse, NY (SYR) [New]
 
ZJAAY, MD                                       WP                             (Lat. 38[deg]03'09.95'' N, long. 075[deg]26'34.27'' W)
TRPOD, MD                                       WP                             (Lat. 38[deg]20'17.30'' N, long. 075[deg]30'28.27'' W)
Smyrna, DE (ENO)                                VORTAC                         (Lat. 39[deg]13'53.93'' N, long. 075[deg]30'57.49'' W)
BYEDN, OA                                       WP                             (Lat. 39[deg]40'41.60'' N, long. 075[deg]36'24.84'' W)
MARQI, PA                                       WP                             (Lat. 39[deg]55'22.30'' N, long. 075[deg]32'11.18'' W)
HOSKR, PA                                       WP                             (Lat. 40[deg]05'03.94'' N, long. 075[deg]32'56.13'' W)
LIMRK, PA                                       WP                             (Lat. 40[deg]13'19.44'' N, long. 075[deg]33'36.96'' W)
East Texas, PA (ETX)                            VOR/DME                        (Lat. 40[deg]34'51.74'' N, long. 075[deg]41'02.51'' W)
WLKES, PA                                       WP                             (Lat. 41[deg]16'22.57'' N, long. 075[deg]41'21.60'' W)
Binghamton, NY (CFB)                            VOR/DME                        (Lat. 42[deg]09'26.96'' N, long. 076[deg]08'11.30'' W)
CORTA, NY                                       FIX                            (Lat. 42[deg]40'25.65'' N, long. 076[deg]04'34.93'' W)
Syracuse, NY (SYR)                              VORTAC                         (Lat. 43[deg]09'37.87'' N, long. 076[deg]12'16.41'' W)
 

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    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 4, 2022.
Scott M. Rosenbloom,
Manager, Airspace Rules and Regulations.
[FR Doc. 2022-17206 Filed 8-12-22; 8:45 am]
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