[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 80 (Thursday, April 25, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 24346-24347]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-09566]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2012-1004; Airspace Docket No. 12-ANM-21]
RIN 2120-AA66

Modification of VOR Federal Airway V-595, Oregon

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This action modifies VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) Federal 
airway V-595 in Oregon due to the scheduled decommissioning of the 
Portland, OR, VOR/DME navigation aid, which currently serves as an end 
point for the route.

DATES: Effective date 0901 UTC, June 27, 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.



    On October 22, 2012, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to modify V-595 in Oregon (77 FR 
64444). Interested parties were invited to participate in this 
rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on this proposal to 
the FAA. No comments were received.
    The original proposal would have terminated V-595 at the HARZL 
navigation fix which is approximately 29 NM southeast of the Portland 
VOR/DME. Subsequent to publication of the NPRM, it was determined that 
mountainous terrain in the area would limit the service volume of the 
Deschutes, OR, VORTAC to a degree that the Deschutes VORTAC could not 
be used to identify the entire length of the proposed segment between 
Deschutes and the HARZL fix.
    Consequently, the FAA issued a supplemental NPRM (SNPRM) (78 FR 
9009, February 7, 2013) to solicit comments on a proposed further 
modification of V-595 to delete the entire segment between Deschutes 
VORTAC and the Portland VOR/DME. No comments were received in response 
the SNPRM.

The Rule

    The FAA is amending Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 by modifying VOR Federal airway V-595 due to the scheduled 
decommissioning of the Portland, OR, VOR/DME. This action removes that 
segment of V-595 between the Portland, OR, VOR/DME and the Deschutes, 
OR, VORTAC. By separate rulemaking action, the FAA has proposed to 
establish new area navigation routes (T-routes) to provide additional 
navigation options in the affected area (78 FR 4354, January 22, 2013.
    VOR Federal airways are published in paragraph 6010(a) of FAA Order 
7400.9W signed 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 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 only affects air traffic 
procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule, when 
promulgated, does 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 modifies a VOR Federal airway due to navigation aid 
infrastructure changes.

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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 a modification of an 
existing airway 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 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 the FAA Order 
7400.9W, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, signed August 8, 
2012, and effective September 15, 2012, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6010(a)--Domestic VOR Federal Airways

V-595 [Amended]

    From Rogue Valley, OR, to Deschutes, OR.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on April 10, 2013.
Gary A. Norek,
Manager, Airspace Policy and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2013-09566 Filed 4-24-13; 8:45 am]