[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 55 (Wednesday, March 21, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 16434-16435]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-6744]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0129; Airspace Docket No. 12-AWA-1]
RIN 2120-AA66


Revocation of Multiple Domestic, Alaskan, and Hawaiian Compulsory 
Reporting Points

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action removes twenty-two Domestic, Alaskan, and Hawaiian 
compulsory reporting points previously removed from service and taken 
out of the FAA aeronautical database. The FAA is removing these Part 71 
outdated compulsory reporting points since they are no longer valid, to 
be consistent with the FAA's aeronautical database. This will avoid 
confusion and eliminate safety issues with existing fixes using the 
same fix name elsewhere within the National Airspace System (NAS).

DATES: Effective date 0901 UTC, May 31, 2012. The Director of the 
Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under 
1 CFR part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and 
publication of conforming amendments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colby Abbott, Airspace, Regulations 
and ATC Procedures Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; 
telephone: (202) 267-8783.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

History

    After a recent review of aeronautical data, the National Flight 
Data Center (NFDC) identified twenty-two compulsory reporting points 
listed in FAA Order (FAAO) 7400.9, Airspace Designations and Reporting 
Points that were no longer valid and not contained in the FAA's 
aeronautical database as reporting points. The reporting points 
included fourteen Domestic reporting points designated at all 
altitudes, two Alaskan low altitude and five Alaskan high altitude 
reporting points, and one Hawaiian reporting point designated at all 
altitudes. No regulatory actions were accomplished prior to these 
compulsory reporting points being removed from the FAA aeronautical 
database and seven of the reporting point names have since been reused 
for navigation fixes elsewhere within the NAS. To overcome confusion 
and flight safety issues associated with publishing outdated and 
conflicting compulsory reporting point information, the FAA is removing 
the twenty-two reporting points, as identified by NFDC, from Part 71, 
and removing them from FAAO 7400.9. Accordingly, since this is an 
administrative change and does not affect any current compulsory 
reporting points, notice and public procedures under Title 5 U.S.C. 
553(b) are unnecessary.

The Rule

    The FAA amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 
71 by removing fourteen Domestic reporting points designated at all 
altitudes, two Alaskan low altitude and five Alaskan high altitude 
reporting points, and one Hawaiian reporting point. Specifically, the 
FAA removes the ABACO, ALLBA, BACUS, BRIMS, CARPS, CATFI, CRABI, EARNS, 
FLASH, FLORI, GATES, OHIOS, SMELT, and SQUID Domestic reporting points; 
the NESSY and SAVRY (both low altitude) and the AUGIN, ENCOR, KILLA, 
NESSY, and SAVRY (all high altitude) Alaskan reporting points; and the 
SHILA Hawaiian reporting point, from part 71.
    Domestic Reporting Points designated at all altitudes are listed in 
paragraph 7003 of FAA Order 7400.9V dated August 9, 2011, and effective 
September 15, 2011, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. 
Alaskan Low Altitude Reporting Points are listed in paragraph 7004 of 
FAA Order 7400.9V dated August 9, 2011, and effective September 15, 
2011, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. Alaskan High 
Altitude Reporting Points are listed in paragraph 7005 of FAA Order 
7400.9V dated August 9, 2011, and effective September 15, 2011, which 
is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. Hawaiian Reporting Points 
are listed in paragraph 7006 of FAA Order 7400.9V dated August 9, 2011, 
and effective September 15, 2011, which is incorporated by reference in 
14 CFR 71.1. The reporting points listed in this document will be 
revised subsequently in the Order.
    The FAA has determined that this regulation only involves an 
established body of technical regulations for which frequent and 
routine amendments are

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necessary to keep them operationally current. Therefore, this 
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 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 removes Domestic, Alaskan, and Hawaiian Reporting Points 
contained in the NAS.

Environmental Review

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

Adoption of the Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation 
Administration amends 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 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]

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2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.9V, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, signed August 9, 2011, and 
effective September 15, 2011, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 7003 Other domestic reporting points.

ABACO: [Removed]

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ALLBA: [Removed]

BACUS: [Removed]

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BRIMS: [Removed]

CARPS: [Removed]

CATFI: [Removed]

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CRABI: [Removed]

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EARNS: [Removed]

FLASH: [Removed]

FLORI: [Removed]

GATES: [Removed]

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OHIOS: [Removed]

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SMELT: [Removed]

SQUID: [Removed]

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Paragraph 7004 Alaskan low altitude reporting points.

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NESSY: [Removed]

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SAVRY: [Removed]

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Paragraph 7005 Alaskan high altitude reporting points.

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AUGIN: [Removed]

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ENCOR: [Removed]

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KILLA: [Removed]

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NESSY: [Removed]

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SAVRY: [Removed]

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Paragraph 7006 Hawaiian reporting points.

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SHILA: [Removed]

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    Issued in Washington, DC, March 12, 2012.
Gary A. Norek,
Acting Manager, Airspace, Regulations and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2012-6744 Filed 3-20-12; 8:45 am]
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