[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 75 (Thursday, April 17, 2008)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 20844-20846]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-8227]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2008-0187; Airspace Docket No. 07-ASO-27]


Proposed Modification of Area Navigation Route Q-110 and Jet 
Route J-73; Florida

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to extend the length of Area Navigation 
(RNAV) route Q-110 and make a minor realignment of jet route J-73, in 
support of the Florida West Coast Airspace Redesign project. The 
extension of Q-110 would provide an RNAV route for use by aircraft 
transitioning between Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) 
and Jacksonville ARTCC airspace. The extension would also assist 
aircraft in circumnavigating military airspace associated with the Avon 
Park Air Force Range. The realignment of J-73 would provide space for 
the Q-110 extension. The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the 
safe and the efficient use of the navigable airspace in the western 
Florida area.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 2, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., 
West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001; 
telephone: (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA-2008-
0187 and Airspace Docket No. 07-ASO-27 at the beginning of your 
comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at http://
www.regulations.gov.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

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-2008-0187 and Airspace Docket No. 07-ASO-27) 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 http://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-2008-0187 and Airspace Docket No. 07-ASO-27.'' 
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 public 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 filed in the 
docket.

Availability of NPRM's

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the 
Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking 
documents can also be accessed through the FAA's Web page at http://
www.faa.gov, or the Federal Register's Web page at http://
www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html.
    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 
a.m. and 5 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.
    Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future 
NPRM's should contact 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.

The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal 
Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to extend RNAV route Q-110 and realign jet 
route J-73 in western Florida. Currently, Q-110 extends between the 
FEONA, GA, waypoint (WP) and the KPASA, FL, WP. This action would 
extend Q-110 southeastward from KPASA (located near Lakeland, FL) to 
the THNDR, FL, intersection (located about midway between Fort Myers 
and West Palm Beach, FL), adding approximately 115 NM to the length of 
the route. Two new waypoints (JAYMC and RVERO) would be established 
along Q-110 between KPASA and THNDR. The proposed extension of Q-110 
would provide an RNAV route for use by aircraft transitioning between 
Miami ARTCC and Jacksonville ARTCC airspace and assist aircraft in 
circumnavigating military airspace associated with the Avon Park Air 
Force Range.
    The FAA is also proposing to realign the existing segment of jet 
route J-73 between the LaBelle, FL, very high frequency omnidirectional 
range/tactical navigation aid (VORTAC) and

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the Lakeland, FL, VORTAC by inserting an intermediate point that would 
be formed by the intersection of the LaBelle 314[deg] True (T) 
(313[deg] Magnetic (M)) radial and the Lakeland 162[deg] T (161[deg] M) 
radial. Shifting J-73 in this manner would provide airspace to 
accommodate the Q-110 extension. The realignment of J-73 would slightly 
increase the distance along the segment of the route between the 
Lakeland VORTAC and the LaBelle VORTAC from the current 77 NM to 78 NM.
    Additionally, the FAA intends to make an administrative change to 
the route description of Q-110 by reversing the order in which the 
points that make up the route are listed. This change is needed to 
comply with the FAA policy that the points in even numbered route 
descriptions be listed in a west-to-east format. The change would have 
no effect on the alignment or charting of the route.
    These changes are proposed in support of the Florida West Coast 
Airspace Redesign project and to enhance the safe and efficient use of 
the navigable airspace in the western Florida area.
    Jet routes are published in paragraph 2004, and low altitude RNAV 
routes are published in paragraph 2006, respectively, of FAA Order 
7400.9R signed August 15, 2007 and effective September 15, 2007, which 
is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The jet route and RNAV 
route listed in this document will be published subsequently in the 
Order.
    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. 
Therefore, this proposed regulation: (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.
    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 a jet route and RNAV route in Florida.

Environmental Review

    The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical 
exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance 
with FAA Order 1050.1E, ``Environmental Impacts: Policies and 
Procedures,'' paragraph 311a, 311b, and 311k. 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:

PART 71--DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR 
TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS

    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 FAA Order 
7400.R, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, signed August 15, 
2006 and effective September 15, 2007, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 2004 Jet Routes.

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J-73 [Amended]

    From Dolphin, FL; LaBelle, FL; INT Labelle 314[deg](T)/
313[deg](M) and Lakeland, FL, 162[deg](T)/161[deg](M) radials; 
Lakeland; Seminole, FL; La Grange, GA; Nashville, TN; Pocket City, 
IN; to Northbrook, IL.
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Paragraph 2006 United States Area Navigation Routes.

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Q-110 FEONA, GA to THNDR, FL [Amended]

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FEONA, GA.......................  WP.................  (Lat. 31[deg]36'22'' N., long. 84[deg]43'08'' W.)
GULFR, FL.......................  WP.................  (Lat. 30[deg]12'23'' N., long. 83[deg]33'08'' W.)
BRUTS, FL.......................  WP.................  (Lat. 29[deg]30'58'' N., long. 82[deg]58'57'' W.)
KPASA, FL.......................  WP.................  (Lat. 28[deg]10'34'' N., long. 81[deg]54'27'' W.)
RVERO, FL.......................  WP.................  (Lat. 27[deg]24'35'' N., long. 81[deg]35'57'' W.)
JAYMC, FL.......................  WP.................  (Lat. 26[deg]58'51'' N., long. 81[deg]22'08'' W.)
THNDR, FL.......................  INT................  (Lat. 26[deg]37'38'' N., long. 80[deg]52'00'' W.)
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    Issued in Washington, DC, on April 8, 2008.
Stephen L. Rohring,
Acting Manager, Airspace and Rules Group.
 [FR Doc. E8-8227 Filed 4-16-08; 8:45 am]
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