[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 133 (Thursday, July 11, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 41686-41687]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-16443]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0236; Airspace Docket No. 13-AGL-5]
RIN 2120-AA66

Modification of VOR Federal Airway V-345 in the Vicinity of 
Ashland, WI

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This action modifies VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal 
airway V-345 in the vicinity of Ashland, WI. The Ashland, WI, VOR 
Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) navigation aid, which forms the 
northern end point of the airway, has been out of service for over ten 
months and is scheduled to be decommissioned. The FAA is removing the 
portion of V-345 affected by the loss of service by the Ashland, WI, 

DATES: Effective date 0901 UTC, October 17, 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 Airspace Services, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; 
telephone: (202) 267-8783.



    On March 26, 2013, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to modify V-345 in the vicinity of 
Ashland, WI (78 FR 18271). 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 Rule

    The FAA is amending Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 by modifying VOR Federal airway V-345 in the vicinity of 
Ashland, WI, due to the scheduled decommissioning of the Ashland, WI, 
VOR/DME. This action removes the airway segment between the Hayward, 
WI, VOR/DME and the Ashland, WI, VOR/DME navigation aids.
    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 would be subsequently published 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

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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.

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, dated August 8, 
2012, and effective September 15, 2012, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6010(a)--Domestic VOR Federal Airways

* * * * *

V-345 [Amended]

From Dells, WI; INT Dells 321[deg] and Eau Claire, WI, 134[deg] 
radials; Eau Claire; to Hayward, WI.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on July 1, 2013.
Gary A. Norek,
Manager, Airspace Policy and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2013-16443 Filed 7-10-13; 8:45 am]