Federal airways,


[Federal Register: December 7, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 236)]

[Proposed Rules]

[Page 63517-63518]

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Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2001-10743; Airspace Docket No. 01-ASW-16]

Proposed Realignment of Federal Airway V-385; TX

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rule making.

SUMMARY: This action proposes to realign Federal Airway 385(V-385) between Lubbock, TX, and Abilene, TX, so that aircraft navigating on the airway will be able to remain clear of the newly established Lancer Military Operations Area (MOA).

DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 28, 2002.

ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the Docket Management System, U.S. Department of Transportation, Room Plaza 401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. You must identify the docket numbers FAA-2001-10743/Airspace Docket No. 01-ASW-16 at the beginning of your comments.

You may also submit comments through the Internet to http:// dms.dot.gov. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Dockets Office (telephone 1-800-647-5527) is on the plaza level of the NASSIF Building at the Department of Transportation at the above address.

An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours

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at the office of the Regional Air Traffic Division, Federal Aviation Administration, 2601 Meacham Blvd; Fort Worth, TX 76193-0500.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Rohring, Airspace and Rules Division, ATA-400, Office of Air Traffic Airspace Management, 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 and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. 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 Docket Nos. FAA 2001-10743/ Airspace Docket No. ASD 01-ASW-16.'' 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 Rules 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 filedin the docket.

Availability of NPRM

An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov.

Additionally, any person may obtain a copy of this action by submitting a request to the Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Air Traffic Airspace Management, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591, or by calling (202) 267-8783. Communications must identify both docket numbers of this NPRM. Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRM's should call 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.


On February 21, 2002, the Lancer MOA will be designated between Lubbock, TX, and Abilene, TX. Currently, V-385 (between Lubbock and Abilene) passes through the eastern boundary of the new MOA. By moving a turning point (BOOMR intersection) on V-385, the airway would be relocated approximately seven miles to the east of its present location. With this realignment, aircraft may continue to use V-385 to navigate between Lubbock and Abilene without encroaching upon the new Lancer MOA.

The Proposal

The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 to realign V- 385 between Lubbock, TX, and Abilene, TX, by relocating the BOOMR intersection and moving the airway approximately seven miles to the east of its present location. This realignment will allow aircraft to navigate on the airway between Lubbock, TX, and Abilene, TX, without encroaching upon the new Lancer MOA.

This regulation is limited to 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. Since it has been determined that this is a routine matter that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this 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.

Federal airways are published in paragraph 6010(a) of FAA Order 7400.9J dated August 31, 2001, and effective September 16, 2001, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Federal airway listed in this document would be published subsequently in the Order.

Environmental Review

The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1D, Policies and Procedures for Considering Environmental Impacts. This airspace action is not expected to cause any potentially significant environmental impacts, and no extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment.

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:


  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.

    Sec. 71.1 [Amended]

  2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of the Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9J, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 31, 2001, and effective September 16, 2001, is amended as follows:

    Paragraph 6010(a)--Domestic VOR Federal Airways

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    V-385 [Revised]

    From Lubbock, TX, INT Lubbock 105 deg.T(094 deg.M) and Abilene, TX, 329 deg.T(319 deg.M) radials; Abilene. * * * * *

    Issued in Washington, DC, on December 3, 2001. Reginald C. Matthews, Manager, Airspace and Rules Division.

    [FR Doc. 01-30360Filed12-6-01; 8:45 am]

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