[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 140 (Friday, July 20, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 42625-42627]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-17510]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0055; Airspace Docket No. 11-ACE-12]
RIN 2120-AA66


Modification of VOR Federal Airways V-10, V-12, and V-508 in the 
Vicinity of Olathe, KS

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

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ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action modifies three VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) 
Federal airways V-10, V-12, and V-508 in the vicinity of Olathe, KS. 
The FAA is taking this action to adjust the airway route structure due 
to the planned decommissioning of the Johnson County VOR navigation aid 
located on Johnson County Executive Airport, Olathe, KS. The 
establishment of the WETZL fix is canceled due to lack of extended 
service volume, and replaced with the existing DODSN fix, thereby 
making a one-degree correction to the Napoleon, MO, radial in the V-10 
and V-12 airway descriptions. This action also removes the reference to 
the decommissioning of the Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) portion 
of the Johnson County VOR/DME navigation aid, as it remains in service.

DATES: Effective date: 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: 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

    On Tuesday, February 21, 2012, the FAA published in the Federal 
Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to modify VOR Federal 
airways V-10, V-12, and V-508, in the vicinity of Olathe, KS (77 FR 
9876), due to the planned decommissioning of the Johnson County VOR 
navigation aid. Interested parties were invited to participate in this 
rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal. One 
positive comment from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association was 
received supporting the proposed action and no negative comments were 
received.
    The NPRM referenced the planned decommissioning of the Johnson 
County VOR/DME navigation aid in the Summary, Background, and Proposal 
sections, in error. The FAA's planned decommissioning action is for the 
VOR portion of the Johnson County VOR/DME navigation aid only. The DME 
equipment will remain in service.
    Subsequent to the ending of the comment period, the proposed action 
to establish the WETZL fix in the same geographic location as the 
decommissioned Johnson County VOR, and use it to replace the VOR in the 
V-10 and V-12 airway descriptions, was changed to using the DODSN fix 
already established on the airways. The FAA took this action based on 
the airways not passing flight check at multiple altitudes from 4,000 
feet MSL to 15,000 feet MSL due to the lack of extended service volume 
issues at WETZL fix. The effect of this change on the existing V-10 and 
V-12 airways is negligible; requiring a one-degree correction to the 
Napoleon, MO, navigation aid radial used to describe the fix's location 
from what was proposed in the NPRM. The corrected Napoleon, MO, radial 
information is changed from ``Napoleon, MO, 242[deg](T)/235[deg](M) 
radial'' to ``Napoleon, MO, 243[deg](T)/236[deg](M) radial.'' Only the 
true radial information is published in this rule.
    With the exception of minor editorial changes and the changes noted 
above, this amendment is the same as that proposed in the NPRM.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 by modifying V-10, V-12, and V-508 in the vicinity of Olathe, 
KS, due to the planned decommissioning of the OJC VOR in July 2012.
    To retain the airway structure of V-10 and V-12 in the vicinity of 
Olathe, KS, the DODSN fix (described by the intersection of Emporia, 
KS, and Napoleon, MO, navigation aid radials), replaces the OJC VOR in 
the airway descriptions. Specifically, the amended V-10 and V-12 airway 
descriptions replace the ``Johnson County, KS'' reference with ``INT 
Emporia 063[deg] and Napoleon, MO, 243[deg] radials''.
    The amended V-508 now terminates at the existing RUGBB fix 
(described by the intersection of Topeka, KS, and Kansas City, MO, 
navigation aid radials). Ending V-508 at the RUGBB fix retains the 
capability for eastbound aircraft to continue to destinations further 
east or northeast via transition from V-508 to V-502.
    VOR Federal airways are published in paragraph 6010(a) 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 VOR Federal Airways 
listed in this document will be subsequently published 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 modifies VOR Federal airways in the vicinity of Olathe, KS.

Environmental Review

    The FAA has determined that this action is categorically excluded 
from further environmental documentation according to FAA Order 
1050.1E, paragraphs 311a. The implementation of this action will not 
result in any extraordinary circumstances in accordance with paragraph 
304 of Order 1050.1E.

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 the FAA Order 
7400.9V,

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Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 9, 2011, and 
effective September 15, 2011, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6010(a) Domestic VOR Federal airways.

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V-10 [Amended]

    From Pueblo, CO; 18 miles, 48 miles, 60 MSL, Lamar, CO; Garden 
City, KS; Dodge City, KS; Hutchinson, KS; Emporia, KS; INT Emporia 
063[deg] and Napoleon, MO, 243[deg] radials; Napoleon; Kirksville, 
MO; Burlington, IA; Bradford, IL; to INT Bradford 058[deg] and 
Joliet, IL, 287[deg] radials. From INT Chicago Heights, IL, 358[deg] 
and Gipper, MI, 271[deg] radials; Gipper; Litchfield, MI; INT 
Litchfield 101[deg] and Carleton, MI, 262[deg] radials; Carleton; 
INT Jefferson, OH, 279[deg] and Youngstown, OH, 320[deg] radials; 
Youngstown; INT Youngstown 116[deg] and Revloc, PA, 300[deg] 
radials; Revloc; INT Revloc 107[deg] and Lancaster, PA, 280[deg] 
radials; to Lancaster. The airspace within Canada is excluded.
* * * * *

V-12 [Amended]

    From Gaviota, CA; San Marcus, CA; Palmdale, CA; 38 miles, 6 
miles wide, Hector, CA; 12 miles, 38 miles, 85 MSL, 14 miles, 75 
MSL, Needles, CA; 45 miles, 34 miles, 95 MSL, Drake, AZ; Winslow, 
AZ; 30 miles, 85 MSL, Zuni, NM; Albuquerque, NM; Otto, NM; Anton 
Chico, NM; Tucumcari, NM; Amarillo, TX; Mitbee, OK; Anthony, KS; 
Wichita, KS; Emporia, KS; INT Emporia 063[deg] and Napoleon, MO, 
243[deg] radials; Napoleon; INT Napoleon 095[deg] and Columbia, MO, 
292[deg] radials; Columbia; Foristell, MO; Troy, IL; Bible Grove, 
IL; Shelbyville, IN; Richmond, IN; Dayton, OH; Appleton, OH; 
Newcomerstown, OH; Allegheny, PA; Johnstown, PA; Harrisburg, PA; INT 
Harrisburg 092[deg] and Pottstown, PA, 278[deg] radials; to 
Pottstown.
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V-508 [Amended]

    From Hill City, KS; Hays, KS; Salina, KS; INT Salina 082[deg] 
and Manhattan, KS, 207[deg] radials; Manhattan; INT Manhattan 
078[deg] and Topeka, KS, 293[deg] radials; Topeka; to INT Topeka 
112[deg] and Kansas City, MO, 228[deg] radials.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on July 12, 2012.
Ellen Crum,
Acting Manager, Airspace, Regulations & ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2012-17510 Filed 7-19-12; 8:45 am]
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