[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 58 (Tuesday, March 26, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 18232-18233]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-06365]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0179; Airspace Docket No. 05-AGL-6]
RIN 2120-AA66

Amendment of VOR Federal Airway V-233, Springfield, IL

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule, technical amendment.


SUMMARY: This action amends VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal 
Airway V-233 in the vicinity of Springfield, IL. The FAA is taking this 
action to correct the V-233 description contained in Part 71 to ensure 
it matches the information contained in the FAA's aeronautical 
database, matches the depiction on the associated charts, and ensures 
the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System (NAS).

DATES: Effective date 0901 UTC March 26, 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: Colby Abbott, Airspace Policy and ATC 
Procedures Group, Office of Mission Support Services, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; 
telephone: (202) 267-8783.



    After a recent review of aeronautical data, the Aeronautical 
Navigation Products Group identified the VOR Federal airway V-233 
description did not match the airway information contained in the FAA's 
aeronautical database or the charted depiction of the airway. When V-
233 was amended in the Federal Register of August 8, 2005 (70 FR 
45527), the airway was realigned to reflect a radial change due to the 
relocation of the Spinner VHF Omnidirectional Range Tactical Air 
Navigation (VORTAC) navigation aid. However, the final rule erroneously 
used the magnetic radial information from the Spinner VORTAC to 
describe the fix between the Spinner VORTAC and the Roberts VOR/
Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) navigation aids instead of the 
true radial information that should have been used. The FAA 
aeronautical database contains the correct radial information for 
describing the airway fix between the Spinner VORTAC and Roberts VOR/
DME in the airway description and the associated aeronautical charts 
remain published correctly. To overcome any confusion or flight safety 
issues associated with conflicting airway description information being 
published, the FAA is amending the V-233 legal description to reflect 
the correct Spinner VORTAC radial information.

The Rule

    The FAA amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 
71 by amending the legal description of VOR Federal airway V-233 in the 
vicinity of Springfield, IL. Specifically, the FAA amends V-233 to 
reflect the true radial information from the Spinner VORTAC (061[deg] 
radial) to describe the fix between the Spinner VORTAC and Roberts VOR/
DME navigation aids; thus, matching the information currently contained 
in the FAA's aeronautical database and the charted depiction of the 
    VOR Federal airways are listed in paragraph 6010 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 VOR Federal airway 
listed in this document will be revised subsequently in the Order.
    Accordingly, since this is an administrative correction to update 
the V-233 description to be in concert with the FAA's aeronautical 
database and charting, notice and public procedures under Title 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 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 amends an existing VOR Federal airway within the NAS.

Environmental Review

    The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical 
exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance 
with 311a, FAA Order 1050.1E, ``Environmental Impacts: Policies and 
Procedures.'' This airspace action is not expected to cause any 
potentially significant environmental impacts, and no extraordinary 
circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an environmental 

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 FAA Order 7400.9W, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, signed August 8, 2012, and

[[Page 18233]]

effective September 15, 2012, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6010 VOR Federal Airways.

    (a) Domestic VOR Federal airways.
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    From Spinner, IL; INT Spinner 061[deg] and Roberts, IL, 233[deg] 
radials; Roberts; Knox, IN; Goshen, IN; Litchfield, MI; Lansing, MI; 
Mount Pleasant, MI; INT Mount Pleasant 351[deg] and Gaylord, MI, 
207[deg] radials; Gaylord; to Pellston, MI.
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    Issued in Washington, DC, March 13, 2013.
Gary A. Norek,
Manager, Airspace Policy and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2013-06365 Filed 3-25-13; 8:45 am]