[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 208 (Friday, October 26, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 65254-65255]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-26331]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2012-1047; Airspace Docket No. 12-AEA-11]
RIN 2120-AA66

Amendment of Area Navigation Routes Q-42 and Q-480; PA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; technical amendment.


SUMMARY: This action amends the legal descriptions of area navigation 
(RNAV) routes Q-42 and Q-480 by changing the name of one waypoint 
common to each route. To avoid confusion with a similar sounding 
waypoint this will enhance safety within the National Airspace System 
and does not change the alignment or operating requirements of the 

DATES: Effective Dates: 0901 UTC, January 10, 2013. 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 Policy and ATC 
Procedures Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; 
telephone: (202) 267-8783.



    RNAV routes Q-42 and Q-480 both include the waypoint ``BTRIX'' in 
their descriptions. Q-480 also includes a waypoint named ``BEETS.'' 
With the extensive use of the routes in recent months, air traffic 
control facilities have identified a problem whereby ``BTRIX'' is being 
confused with ``BEETS.'' To eliminate any chance of confusion and 
enhance safety, the FAA is changing the name ``BTRIX'' to ``MIKYG'' in 
the descriptions of Q-42 and Q-480. This action is a name change only. 
The geographic position of the waypoint is not changing and the current 
alignments of Q-42 and Q-480 are not affected.
    In addition, the geographic coordinates for the ``BEETS'' waypoint, 
in the description of Q-480, are changed from ``lat. 39[deg]57'20'' N., 
long. 77[deg]26'59'' W.,'' to ``lat. 39[deg]57'21'' N., long. 
77[deg]27'00'' W.'' This is a minor change by adding one second of 
latitude and one second of longitude due to more accurate plotting of 
the point. This change does not alter the alignment of Q-480.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 by changing the name of one waypoint in the descriptions of 
RNAV routes Q-42 and Q-480 from ``BTRIX'' to ``MIKYG.'' In addition, a 
minor increase of one second of latitude and one second of longitude is 
made to the coordinates of the BEETS waypoint in Q-480.
    Since this action involves only editorial changes to the legal 
descriptions of RNAV routes and does not change the dimensions or 
operating requirements of the affected routes, 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 
    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 updates the legal descriptions of RNAV routes to avoid the use of 
similar sounding waypoint names.
    United States Area Navigation Routes are published in paragraph 
2006 of FAA Order 7400.9W, dated August 8, 2012, and effective 
September 15, 2012, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. 
The RNAV routes 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:


1. The authority citation for 14 CFR part 71 continues to read as 

     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 the Federal 
Aviation Administration Order 7400.9W, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, dated August 8, 2012, and effective September 15, 
2012, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 2006 United States area navigation routes

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Q42 Kirksville, MO (IRK) to ZIMMZ, NJ [Amended]
Kirksville, MO (IRK)            VORTAC             (Lat. 40[deg]08'06'' N., long. 92[deg]35'30'' W.)
STRUK, IL                       WP                 (Lat. 40[deg]14'04'' N., long. 90[deg]18'22'' W.)
Danville, IL (DNV)              VORTAC             (Lat. 40[deg]17'38'' N., long. 87[deg]33'26'' W.)
Muncie, IN (MIE)                VOR/DME            (Lat. 40[deg]14'14'' N., long. 85[deg]23'39'' W.)
HIDON, OH                       WP                 (Lat. 40[deg]10'00'' N., long. 81[deg]37'27'' W.)
BUBAA, OH                       WP                 (Lat. 40[deg]10'27'' N., long. 80[deg]58'17'' W.)
PSYKO, PA                       WP                 (Lat. 40[deg]08'37'' N., long. 79[deg]09'13'' W.)
BRNAN, PA                       WP                 (Lat. 40[deg]08'07'' N., long. 77[deg]50'07'' W.)
HOTEE, PA                       WP                 (Lat. 40[deg]20'36'' N., long. 76[deg]29'37'' W.)
MIKYG, PA                       WP                 (Lat. 40[deg]36'06'' N., long. 75[deg]49'11'' W.)
SPOTZ, PA                       WP                 (Lat. 40[deg]45'55'' N., long. 75[deg]22'59'' W.)
ZIMMZ, NJ                       WP                 (Lat. 40[deg]48'11'' N., long. 75[deg]07'25'' W.)
Q480 ZANDR, OH to Kennebunk, ME (ENE) [Amended]
ZANDR, OH                       FIX                (Lat. 40[deg]00'19'' N., long. 81[deg]31'58'' W.)
Bellaire, OH (AIR)              VOR/DME            (Lat. 40[deg]01'01'' N., long. 80[deg]49'02'' W.)
LEJOY, PA                       FIX                (Lat. 40[deg]00'12'' N., long. 79[deg]24'54'' W.)
VINSE, PA                       FIX                (Lat. 39[deg]58'16'' N., long. 77[deg]57'21'' W.)
BEETS, PA                       WP                 (Lat. 39[deg]57'21'' N., long. 77[deg]27'00'' W.)
HOTEE, PA                       WP                 (Lat. 40[deg]20'36'' N., long. 76[deg]29'37'' W.)
MIKYG, PA                       WP                 (Lat. 40[deg]36'06'' N., long. 75[deg]49'11'' W.)
SPOTZ, PA                       WP                 (Lat. 40[deg]45'55'' N., long. 75[deg]22'59'' W.)
CANDR, NJ                       WP                 (Lat. 40[deg]58'16'' N., long. 74[deg]57'35'' W.)
JEFFF, NJ                       WP                 (Lat. 41[deg]14'46'' N., long. 74[deg]27'43'' W.)
Kingston, NY (IGN)              VOR/DME            (Lat. 41[deg]39'56'' N., long. 73[deg]49'20'' W.)
LESWL, CT                       WP                 (Lat. 41[deg]53'31'' N., long. 73[deg]19'20'' W.)
Barnes, MA (BAF)                VORTAC             (Lat. 42[deg]09'43'' N., long. 72[deg]42'58'' W.)
Kennebunk, ME (ENE)             VORTAC             (Lat. 43[deg]25'32'' N., long. 70[deg]36'49'' W.)

    Issued in Washington, DC, on October 16, 2012.
Gary A. Norek,
Manager, Airspace Policy and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2012-26331 Filed 10-25-12; 8:45 am]