Proposed Amendment of Air Traffic Service (ATS) Route T-333; Western United States


Federal Register, Volume 83 Issue 228 (Tuesday, November 27, 2018)

Federal Register Volume 83, Number 228 (Tuesday, November 27, 2018)

Proposed Rules

Pages 60788-60789

From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office

FR Doc No: 2018-25711



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

Docket No. FAA-2018-0986; Airspace Docket No. 18-AWP-20

RIN 2120-AA66

Proposed Amendment of Air Traffic Service (ATS) Route T-333; Western United States

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).


SUMMARY: This action proposes to amend Area Navigation (RNAV) Route T-

333 in the western United States. The modification is necessary due to the planned decommissioning of Priest, CA, VOR navigation aid (NAVAID), which provides navigation guidance for portions of affected ATS route V-485. The decommissioning has rendered portions of V-485 unusable and amending T-333 will overcome affected portions of V-485. The Priest, CA, VOR is being decommissioned as part of the FAA's VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 11, 2019.

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-2018-0986; Airspace Docket No. 18-AWP-20 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at

FAA Order 7400.11C, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy 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 7400.11C at NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go to

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenneth Ready, Airspace Policy Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-



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

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-2018-0986; Airspace Docket No. 18-AWP-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

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-2018-0986; Airspace Docket No. 18-AWP-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 Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA's web page 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 Western Service Center, Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198.

Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.11C, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 13, 2018, and effective September 15, 2018. FAA Order 7400.11C is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11C lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas,

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air traffic service routes, and reporting points.


The FAA is planning decommissioning activities for the Priest, CA, VOR in 2019 as 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. The ATS route effected by the Clovis VOR decommissioning is V-485. RNAV route T-333 is proposed to be amended to overcome the gap to V-485.

The Proposal

The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by modifying RNAV route T-333. The proposed route change is outlined below.

T-333: T-333 currently extends between the KLIDE, CA, FIX and the TIPRE, CA, waypoint. The FAA proposes to extend the route to the southeast by 130 miles to connect to the Fellows, CA, VOR/DME NAVAID, which is the new proposed starting point of the RNAV route. The extension is needed for navigation in the low altitude structure as V-

485 is being gapped in a separate rulemaking action due to the decommissioning of the Priest, CA, VOR. The amendment will remove the KLIDE, CA, FIX due to turn criteria for RNAV procedure development in order to rejoin T-333 at the BORED, CA, FIX.

United States RNAV Routes are published in paragraph 6011 of FAA Order 7400.11C dated August 13, 2018, and effective September 15, 2018, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The RNAV Route listed in this document will be subsequently published in the Order.

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:



1. The authority citation for part 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


2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.11C, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 13, 2018 and effective September 15, 2018, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6011 United States Area Navigation Routes


FELLOWS, CA (FLW) VOR/DME (Lat. 35deg05'35.10'' N, long. 119deg51'56.08'' W)

REDDE, CA FIX (Lat. 35deg39'35.48'' N, long. 120deg17'42.14'' W)

LKHRN, CA WP (Lat. 36deg05'59.82'' N, long. 120deg45'22.53'' W)

RANCK, CA FIX (Lat. 36deg35'29.90'' N, long. 121deg06'10.37'' W)

HENCE, CA FIX (Lat. 36deg55'28.65'' N, long. 121deg25'49.36'' W)

GILRO, CA FIX (Lat. 37deg02'46.62'' N, long. 121deg34'06.76'' W)

BORED, CA FIX (Lat. 37deg18'34.16'' N, long. 121deg27'48.06'' W)

SMONE, CA WP (Lat. 37deg32'10.45'' N, long. 121deg21'30.65'' W)

OOWEN, CA WP (Lat. 37deg42'25.17'' N, long. 121deg16'29.21'' W)

TIPRE, CA WP (Lat. 38deg12'21.00'' N, long. 121deg02'09.00'' W)

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Issued in Washington, DC, on November 19, 2018.

Gemechu Gelgelu,

Acting Manager, Airspace Policy Group.

FR Doc. 2018-25711 Filed 11-26-18; 8:45 am