[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 139 (Thursday, July 19, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 42425-42427]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-17399]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0621; Airspace Docket No. 12-ASO-24]
RIN 2120-AA66


Amendment of Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes in the Vicinity of 
Vero Beach, FL

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; technical amendment.

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SUMMARY: This action amends the legal descriptions of Jet Routes J-45 
and J-79, and VHF omnidirectional range (VOR)

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Federal airways V-3, V-51, V-159, V-225, V-295 and V-537, in the 
vicinity of Vero Beach, FL. The FAA is taking this action because the 
name of the Vero Beach, FL, VOR Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) 
facility, which is included in the descriptions of the above routes, is 
being changed to the Treasure VORTAC.

DATES: Effective Dates: 0901 UTC, September 20, 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: Paul Gallant, 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: 

Background

    Vero Beach Municipal Airport, FL, is located 4.1 NM southwest of 
the Vero Beach VORTAC. The airport and the VORTAC have the same name 
and three-letter identifier (VRB) which has caused some safety 
concerns. Cases have recently been observed where GPS-equipped aircraft 
have navigated via the VRB Airport rather than the VRB VORTAC as 
intended. To preclude this in the future, the name of the VORTAC is 
being changed to Treasure VORTAC with the new three-letter identifier 
``TRV.''

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 by amending the legal descriptions of Jet Routes J-45 and J-79; 
and VOR Federal Airways V-3, V-51, V-159, V-225, V-295 and V-537, to 
reflect the name change of one of the navigation aids used to define 
the routes. To eliminate confusion, and potential flight safety issues, 
the Vero Beach VORTAC is renamed the Treasure VORTAC and is assigned a 
new three-letter identifier (TRV). The VORTAC name change does not 
alter the current alignment of the affected routes.
    Additionally, in the J-45 description, the words ``Virginia Key'' 
are inserted between the words ``Virginia Key, FL,'' and ``INT 
014[deg]'' to indicate that the 014[deg] radial is referenced from the 
Virginia Key VOR/DME. The description of V-3 is amended by inserting 
the word ``Quebec'' before the words ``PQ, Canada.'' In V-51, the 
``Pahokee 009[deg]'' radial is changed to the ``Pahokee 010[deg]'' 
radial. J-45, V-3 and V51 are all currently charted correctly and these 
changes simply correct unintended omissions from the descriptions of J-
45 and V-3, and a one degree radial error in V-51.
    Since this action merely involves editorial changes in the legal 
descriptions of the above ATS routes, and does not involve a change in 
the dimensions or operating requirements of the affected routes, I find 
that notice and public procedures under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are 
unnecessary.
    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 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 revises the legal descriptions of jet routes and airways in the 
vicinity of Vero Beach, FL to eliminate confusion.
    Jet Routes are published in paragraph 2004; and Domestic VOR 
Federal Airways are published in paragraph 6010(a), 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 domestic 
Jet Routes and VOR Federal Airways listed in this document will be 
published subsequently in the Order.

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. This airspace action consists of editorial changes only 
and 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 14 CFR 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 the Federal 
Aviation Administration Order 7400.9V, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, dated August 9, 2011, and effective September 15, 
2011, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 2004 Jet routes.

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J-45 [Amended]

    From Virginia Key, FL, INT Virginia Key 014[deg] and Treasure, 
FL, 143[deg] radials; Treasure; INT Treasure 330[deg] and Ormond 
Beach, FL, 183[deg] radials; Ormond Beach; Craig, FL; Alma, GA; 
Macon, GA; Atlanta, GA; Nashville, TN; St Louis, MO; Des Moines, IA; 
Sioux Falls, SD; to Aberdeen, SD.
* * * * *

J-79 [Amended]

    From Key West, FL; INT Key West 038[deg] and Dolphin, FL, 
244[deg] radials; Dolphin; Palm Beach, FL; Treasure, FL; Ormond 
Beach, FL; INT Ormond Beach 356[deg] and Savannah, GA, 184[deg] 
radials; INT Savannah 184[deg] and Charleston, SC, 212[deg] radials; 
Charleston; Tar River, NC; Franklin, VA; Salisbury, MD; INT 
Salisbury 018[deg] and Kennedy, NY, 218[deg] radials; Kennedy; INT 
Kennedy 080[deg] and Nantucket, MA, 254[deg] radials; INT Nantucket 
254[deg] and Marconi, MA, 205[deg] radials; Marconi; INT Marconi 
006[deg] and Bangor, ME, 206[deg] radials; Bangor.

Paragraph 6010(a)--Domestic VOR Federal airways.

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V-3 [Amended]

    From Key West, FL; INT Key West 083[deg] and Dolphin, FL, 
191[deg] radials; Dolphin; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Palm Beach, FL; 
Treasure, FL; Melbourne, FL; Ormond Beach, FL; Brunswick, GA; INT 
Brunswick 014[deg] and Savannah, GA, 177[deg] radials; Savannah; INT 
Savannah 028[deg] and Vance, SC, 203[deg] radials; Vance; Florence, 
SC; Sandhills, SC; Raleigh-Durham, NC; INT Raleigh-Durham 016[deg] 
and Flat Rock, VA, 214[deg] radials; Flat Rock; Gordonsville, VA; 
INT Gordonsville 331[deg] and Martinsburg, WV, 216[deg] radials; 
Martinsburg; Westminster, MD; INT Westminster 048[deg] and Modena, 
PA, 258[deg] radials; Modena; Solberg, NJ; INT Solberg 044[deg] and 
Carmel, NY, 243[deg] radials; Carmel; Hartford, CT; INT Hartford 
084[deg] and Boston, MA, 224[deg] radials; Boston; INT Boston 
014[deg]and Pease, NH, 185[deg] radials; Pease; INT Pease 004[deg] 
and Augusta, ME, 233[deg] radials; Augusta; Bangor, ME; INT Bangor 
039[deg] and Houlton, ME, 203[deg] radials; Houlton; Presque Isle, 
ME; to Quebec, PQ, Canada. The airspace within R-2916, R-2934, R-
2935, and within Canada is excluded.
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V-51 [Amended]

    From Pahokee, FL; INT Pahokee 010[deg] and Treasure, FL, 
193[deg] radials; Treasure; INT Treasure 330[deg] and Ormond Beach, 
FL, 183[deg] radials; Ormond Beach; Craig, FL; Alma, GA; Dublin, GA; 
Athens, GA; INT Athens, GA, 340[deg] and Harris, GA, 148[deg] 
radials; Harris; Hinch Mountain, TN; Livingston, TN; Louisville, KY; 
Nabb, IN; Shelbyville, IN; INT Shelbyville 313[deg] and Boiler, IN, 
136[deg] radials; Boiler; Chicago Heights, IL.
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V-159 [Amended]

    From Virginia Key, FL: INT Virginia Key 344[deg] and Treasure, 
FL, 178[deg] radials; Treasure; INT Treasure 318[deg] and Orlando, 
FL, 140[deg] radials; Orlando; Ocala, FL; Cross City, FL; 
Greenville, FL; Pecan, GA; Eufaula, AL; Tuskegee, AL; Vulcan, AL; 
Hamilton, AL; Holly Springs, MS; Gilmore, AR; Walnut Ridge, AR; 
Dogwood, MO; Springfield, MO; Napoleon, MO; INT Napoleon 005[deg] 
and St. Joseph, MO, 122[deg] radials; St. Joseph; Omaha, NE; Sioux 
City, IA; Yankton, SD; Mitchell, SD; to Huron, SD.
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V-225 [Amended]

    From Key West, FL, 30 miles, 72 miles, 17 AGL, Lee County, FL; 
La Belle, FL; Treasure, FL. The portion of V-225 E alternate outside 
the United States has no upper limit.
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V-295 [Amended]

    From Virginia Key, FL; INT Virginia Key 014[deg] and Treasure, 
FL, 143[deg] radials; Treasure; INT Treasure 296[deg] and Orlando, 
FL, 162[deg] radials; Orlando; Ocala, FL; Cross City, FL; to 
Seminole, FL. The portion outside the United States has no upper 
limit.
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V-537 [Amended]

    From Palm Beach, FL; INT Palm Beach 356[deg] and Treasure, FL, 
143[deg] radials; Treasure; INT Treasure 318[deg] and Orlando. FL, 
140[deg] radials; INT Orlando 140[deg] and Melbourne, FL 298[deg] 
radials; INT Melbourne 298[deg] and Ocala, FL 145[deg] radials; 
Ocala; Gators, FL; Greenville, FL; Moultrie, GA; to Macon, GA.
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    Issued in Washington, DC, on July 11, 2012.
Gary A. Norek,
Manager, Airspace, Regulations and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2012-17399 Filed 7-18-12; 8:45 am]
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