[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 34 (Tuesday, February 21, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 9841-9842]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-3813]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2011-1193; Airspace Docket No. 11-ANM-14]

Modification of Area Navigation Route T-288; WY

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This action modifies area navigation (RNAV) route T-288 by 
extending the route westward from the Rapid City, SD, VORTAC to the 
Gillette, WY, VOR/DME. This extension enhances the efficiency and 
safety of the National Airspace System (NAS) by supplementing the 
existing VOR Federal airway structure in that area.

DATES: Effective Dates: 0901 UTC, April 5, 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.



    On December 6, 2011, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to modify RNAV route T-288 by 
adding a new segment between the Rapid City, SD, VORTAC (RAP) and the 
Gillette, WY, VOR/DME (GCC) (76 FR 76070). Interested parties were 
invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written 
comments on the proposal. No comments were received.
    In the NPRM, the state designation (WY) for the KARAS intersection 
was inadvertently omitted from the route description. With the 
exception of that editorial change, 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 to modify RNAV route T-288 by adding a new segment between the 
Rapid City, SD, VORTAC and the Gillette, WY, VOR/DME. The extension 
supplements the existing VOR Federal airway structure to provide 
alternative routing between Gillette and Rapid City in the event of 
navigation aid outages.
    RNAV routes are published in paragraph 6011 of FAA Order 7400.9V 
signed August 9, 2011 and effective September 15, 2011, which is 
incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The jet route listed in this 
document will be published 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 
    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 expands RNAV route coverage to enhance the safe and efficient 
flow of traffic in the western United States.

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 is not expected to 
cause any potentially significant environmental impacts, and no 
extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an 
environmental assessment.

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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 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]

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

Paragraph 6011 United States area navigation routes.

* * * * *

T-288 Gillette, WY (GCC) to Wolbach, NE (OBH) [Amended]

Gillette, WY (GCC) VOR/DME
     (Lat. 44[deg]20'52'' N., long. 105[deg]32'37'' W.)
     (Lat. 44[deg]16'23'' N., long. 104[deg]18'50'' W.)
Rapid City, SD (RAP) VORTAC
    (Lat. 43[deg]58'34'' N., long. 103[deg]00'42'' W)
    (Lat. 43[deg]19'14'' N., long. 101[deg]32'19'' W.)
Valentine, NE (VTN) NDB
    (Lat. 42[deg]51'42'' N., long. 100[deg]32'59'' W.)
Ainsworth, NE (ANW) VOR/DME
    (Lat. 42[deg]34'09'' N., long. 99[deg]59'23'' W.)
    (Lat. 42[deg]03'57'' N., long. 99[deg]17'18'' W.)
Wolbach, NE (OBH) VORTAC
    (Lat. 41[deg]22'33'' N., long. 98[deg]21'13'' W.)

    Issued in Washington, DC, on February 2, 2012.
Gary A. Norek,
Acting Manager, Airspace, Regulations and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2012-3813 Filed 2-17-12; 8:45 am]