Proposed Revocation of Colored Federal Airway Green 15 (G-15); St. Mary's, AK

CourtFederal Aviation Administration
Citation87 FR 12630
Published date07 March 2022
Record Number2022-04721
Federal Register, Volume 87 Issue 44 (Monday, March 7, 2022)
[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 44 (Monday, March 7, 2022)]
                [Proposed Rules]
                [Pages 12630-12631]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2022-04721]
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                DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
                Federal Aviation Administration
                14 CFR Part 71
                [Docket No. FAA-2022-0162; Airspace Docket No. 22-AAL-12]
                RIN 2120-AA66
                Proposed Revocation of Colored Federal Airway Green 15 (G-15);
                St. Mary's, AK
                AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
                ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).
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                SUMMARY: This action proposes to revoke Colored Federal airway Green 15
                (G-15) due to the decommissioning of St. Mary's, AK, (SMA) and Takotna
                River, AK, (VTR) Non-directional Beacons (NDB).
                DATES: Comments must be received on or April 21, 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-2022-0162; Airspace Docket No. 22-AAL-12 at the beginning of your
                comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov.
                 FAA Order JO 7400.11F, 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. FAA Order JO 7400.11F is also available for inspection at the
                National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on
                the availability of FAA Order JO 7400.11F at NARA, email:
                [email protected] or go to https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher McMullin, 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 modify the route structure as necessary to
                preserve the safe and efficient flow of air traffic within the National
                Airspace System (NAS).
                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-2022-0162; Airspace Docket No. 22-AAL-12) 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-2022-0162; Airspace Docket No. 22-AAL-12.'' 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 NPRM
                 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, Western
                Service Center, 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 JO 7400.11F, Airspace
                Designations and Reporting Points,
                [[Page 12631]]
                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.
                Background
                 The aviation industry/users have indicated a desire for the FAA to
                transition the Alaskan en route navigation structure away from the
                dependency on NDBs. The advances in technology have allowed for
                alternate navigation methods to support decommissioning of high cost
                ground navigation equipment. The FAA has included SMA and VTR on their
                schedule to be decommissioned effective February 23, 2023. A non-
                rulemaking study was conducted in 2021 in accordance with FAA Order JO
                7400.2, Procedures for Handling Airspace Matters. As a result, the FAA
                received no objections to its removal.
                 Colored Federal airway G-15 is dependent upon SMA and VTR and will
                result in the airway being unusable once the decommissioning occurs.
                The FAA is proposing to revoke G-15 as a result. To mitigate the loss
                of G-15, the FAA has a planned United States Navigation (RNAV) route,
                T-286, and VHF Omnidirectional Radar (VOR) Federal airway V-510 which
                overlays the segment of the route between the Anvik Airport and the
                McGrath Airport in Alaska.
                The Proposal
                 The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 to revoke
                Colored Federal airway G-15 due to the decommissioning of SMA and VTR.
                 Colored Federal airway G-15 currently navigates between the St.
                Mary's, AK, NDB and the Takotna River, AK, NDB. The FAA proposes to
                revoke G-15 in its entirety.
                 Colored Federal airways are published in paragraph 6009(a) 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 Colored
                Federal airway listed in this document would be published subsequently
                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 14 CFR 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]
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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 6009(a) Colored Federal Airways.
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                G-15 [Remove]
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                 Issued in Washington, DC, on March 2, 2022.
                Michael R. Beckles,
                Manager, Rules and Regulations Group.
                [FR Doc. 2022-04721 Filed 3-4-22; 8:45 am]
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