[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 208 (Friday, October 26, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 65253-65254]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-26324]

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Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2012-1048; Airspace Docket No. 12-AAL-7]
RIN 2120-AA66

Amendment of Area Navigation Route T-240; AK

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; technical amendment.


SUMMARY: This action amends the legal description of area navigation 
(RNAV) route T-240 in Alaska by removing one waypoint that is no longer 
required and has been deleted from the National Airspace System 
Resources (NASR) database. In addition, the route description is 
amended to include the names of the navigation aids that comprise the 
route. The alignment of T-240 is not affected by this action.

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 route T-240 extends between the Bettles, AK, VHF 
omnidirectional range/distance measuring equipment (VOR/DME) navigation 
aid and the Deadhorse, AK, VOR/DME. The route description currently 
includes the ``NAMRE'' waypoint. The FAA determined that NAMRE is no 
longer required for air traffic control purposes and has deleted NAMRE 
from the NASR database.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 by amending the legal description of RNAV route T-240 in Alaska 
to remove the NAMRE waypoint. The NAMRE waypoint is no longer required 
for air traffic control purposes and has been deleted from the NASR 
database. The removal of NAMRE does not affect the alignment or use of 
T-240. In addition, this action updates the description of T-240 by 
adding the names of the navigation aids that form the route. This 
standardizes the format for RNAV route descriptions in FAA Order 
    Since this action merely involves editorial changes to the legal 
description of RNAV route T-240, and does not involve a change in the 
dimensions or operating requirements of the affected route, 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 
    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 description of an RNAV route to maintain 
    United States Area Navigation Routes are published in paragraph 
6011 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 route 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 6011 United States area navigation routes

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T-240 Bettles, AK to Deadhorse, AK [Amended]

Bettles, AK (BTT) VOR/DME
    (Lat. 66[deg]54'18'' N., long. 151[deg]32'09'' W.)
Deadhorse, AK (SCC) VOR/DME
    (Lat. 70[deg]11'57'' N., long. 148[deg]24'58'' W.)

Gary A. Norek,
Manager, Airspace Policy and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2012-26324 Filed 10-25-12; 8:45 am]