[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 132 (Tuesday, July 10, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 40490-40492]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16698]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0129; Airspace Docket No. 12-AWA-3]
RIN 2120-AA66


Revocation and Modification 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 eighteen Domestic and Alaskan compulsory 
reporting points defined by navigation aids previously decommissioned, 
removed, or shutdown and taken out of the FAA aeronautical database as 
compulsory reporting points. Additionally, this action also requires 
changes to the name of four navigation aids that define associated 
compulsory reporting points. The FAA is removing the outdated Part 71 
compulsory reporting points since they are no longer valid, and 
amending those Part 71 compulsory reporting points that require name 
changes, to be consistent with the FAA's aeronautical database.

DATES: Effective date 0901 UTC July 10, 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 eighteen compulsory reporting points, 
defined by navigation aids, listed in FAA Order (FAAO) 7400.9, Airspace 
Designations and Reporting Points that are no longer valid and are not 
contained in the FAA's aeronautical database as reporting points. The 
reporting points included five Domestic Reporting Points, ten Alaskan 
Low Altitude Reporting Points, and three Alaskan High Altitude 
Reporting Points. Additionally, NFDC identified four other reporting 
points that require updates to match the current navigation aid name 
that defines the reporting point, as reflected in the aeronautical 
database. These include two Alaskan Low Altitude Reporting Points, one 
Alaskan High Altitude Reporting Point, and one Hawaiian Reporting 
Point.
    No regulatory actions were taken when the navigation aids, which 
define these compulsory reporting points, were removed or renamed in 
the FAA aeronautical database. To overcome confusion and remove flight 
safety issues associated with publishing outdated compulsory reporting 
point information, the FAA is removing

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eighteen reporting points, from Part 71, and FAAO 7400.9. Also, the FAA 
is updating the names of four reporting points, in Part 71, and FAAO 
7400.9. Accordingly, since this is an administrative change and simply 
brings current regulations in concert with the FAA's aeronautical 
database, 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 five Domestic Reporting Points, ten Alaskan Low Altitude 
Reporting Points, and three Alaskan High Altitude Reporting Points. 
Specifically, the FAA removes Blue Ridge, TX, Gunnison, CO, Lewistown, 
MT, and Ukiah, CA, Domestic Low Altitude Reporting Points; the Ramey, 
PR, listed in Other Domestic Reporting Points; Adak NDB, AK, Barter 
Island NDB, AK, Farewell NDB, AK, Hinchinbrook NDB, AK, Julius NDB, AK, 
Oliktok NDB, AK, Puntilla Lake NDB, AK, Shemya NDB, AK, Umiat NDB, AK, 
and Wessels NDB, AK, Alaskan Low Altitude Reporting Points; and Adak 
NDB, AK, Barter Island NDB, AK, and Prudhoe Bay NDB, AK, Alaskan High 
Altitude Reporting Points.
    This action also amends 14 CFR part 71 by updating the names of two 
Alaskan low altitude reporting points, one Alaskan high altitude 
reporting point, and one Hawaiian reporting point to match the 
navigation aid names that define the reporting points. Specifically, 
the FAA amends ``Chandalar NDB, AK,'' to ``Chandalar Lake, AK,'' and 
``Glenallen NDB, AK,'' to ``Glennallen, AK,'' in the Alaskan Low 
Altitude Reporting Points; ``St Paul NDB, AK,'' to ``St Paul Island, 
AK,'' in the Alaskan High Altitude Reporting Points; and ``Upolu, HI,'' 
to ``Upolu Point, HI,'' in the Hawaiian Reporting Points.
    Domestic Low Altitude Reporting Points, Other Domestic Reporting 
Points designated at all altitudes, Alaskan Low Altitude Reporting 
Points, Alaskan High Altitude Reporting Points, and Hawaiian Reporting 
Points are listed in paragraph 7001, 7003, 7004, 7005 and 7006, 
respectively 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 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 7001 Domestic low altitude reporting points.

* * * * *

Blue Ridge, TX [Removed]

* * * * *

Gunnison, CO [Removed]

* * * * *

Lewistown, MT [Removed]

* * * * *

Ukiah, CA [Removed]

* * * * *

Paragraph 7003 Other domestic reporting points.

* * * * *

Ramey, PR [Removed]

* * * * *

Paragraph 7004 Alaskan low altitude reporting points.

Adak NDB, AK [Removed]

* * * * *

Barter Island NDB, AK [Removed]

* * * * *

Chandalar NDB, AK [Removed]

Chandalar Lake, AK [New]

* * * * *

Farewell NDB, AK [Removed]

* * * * *

Glenallen NDB, AK [Removed]

Glennallen, AK [New]

* * * * *

Hinchinbrook NDB, AK [Removed]

* * * * *

Julius NDB, AK [Removed]

* * * * *

Oliktok NDB, AK [Removed]

* * * * *

Puntilla Lake NDB, AK [Removed]

* * * * *

Shemya NDB, AK [Removed]

* * * * *

Umiat NDB, AK [Removed]

* * * * *

Wessels NDB, AK [Removed]

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Paragraph 7005 Alaskan high altitude reporting points.

Adak NDB, AK [Removed]

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Barter Island NDB, AK [Removed]

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Prudhoe Bay NDB, AK [Removed]

* * * * *

St Paul NDB, AK [Removed]

St Paul Island, AK [New]

* * * * *

Paragraph 7006 Hawaiian reporting points.

* * * * *

Upolu, HI [Removed]

Upolu Point, HI [New]

    Issued in Washington, DC, June 28, 2012.
Gary A. Norek,
Acting Manager, Airspace, Regulations and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2012-16698 Filed 7-9-12; 8:45 am]
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