[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 209 (Monday, October 29, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 65461-65462]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-26332]

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Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

Docket No. FAA-2012-1049; Airspace Docket No. 12-ANM-12
RIN 2120-AA66

Amendment of Area Navigation Route Q-1; CA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; technical amendment.


SUMMARY: This action amends the legal description of area navigation 
(RNAV) route Q-1 by adding two waypoints along the route. In addition, 
the route description is amended to match a standardized format by 
adding the appropriate state name to the waypoints, the name and the 
state of the Point Reyes, CA, navigation aid, and listing of the points 
in the proper order.

DATES: Effective Date: 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 Q-1 extends along the U.S. west coast between the Point 
Reyes, CA, VHF omnidirectional range/tactical air navigation (VORTAC) 
aid and the ELMAA, WA, waypoint. The FAA is adding two waypoints along 
to route for air traffic control purposes. In addition, the route 
description is reformatted for standardization.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 by amending the legal description of RNAV route Q-1 to add two 
waypoints along the route and to standardize the description format. 
The ELENN, CA, waypoint is inserted between the existing ENVIE, CA, and 
EBINY, OR, waypoints for traffic flow metering with the Oakland Air 
Route Traffic Control Center. The TACOS, CA, waypoint is added between 
the existing ETCHY, CA, and ENVIE, CA, waypoints to provide 
connectivity with an RNAV arrival to Travis Air Force Base.
    In addition, the order of the points as listed in the description 
of FAA Order 7400.9 is reversed to comply with the standard format that 
the points be listed from south-to-north. Also, the state names are 
added to the waypoint and the navigation aid names to comply with the 
standard format.
    Since this action involves only editorial changes to the legal 
description of RNAV route Q-1, and does not change the dimensions or 
operating requirements of the affected route, 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 
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 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

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effective September 15, 2012, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 2006 United States area navigation routes

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Q-1 Point Reyes, CA to ELMAA, WA [Amended]

Point Reyes, CA (PYE)   VORTAC                 (Lat. 38[deg]04'47'' N., long. 122[deg]52'04'' W.)
ETCHY, CA               WP                     (Lat. 39[deg]05'28'' N., long. 123[deg]08'05'' W.)
TACOS, CA               WP                     (Lat. 39[deg]57'32'' N., long. 123[deg]10'28'' W.)
ENVIE, CA               WP                     (Lat. 41[deg]20'09'' N., long. 123[deg]12'32'' W.)
ELENN, CA               WP                     (Lat. 41[deg]37'10'' N., long. 123[deg]13'07'' W.)
EBINY, OR               WP                     (Lat. 42[deg]28'50'' N., long. 123[deg]15'01'' W.)
EASON, OR               WP                     (Lat. 44[deg]30'00'' N., long. 123[deg]19'44'' W.)
ERAVE, WA                WP                    (Lat. 46[deg]54'35'' N., long. 123[deg]24'06'' W.)
ELMAA, WA               Fix                    (Lat. 47[deg]08'53'' N., long. 123[deg]24'35'' W.)

    Issued in Washington, DC, on October 16, 2012.
Gary A. Norek,
Manager, Airspace Policy and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2012-26332 Filed 10-26-12; 8:45 am]