[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 62 (Tuesday, April 1, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 18153-18154]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-06660]

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Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0961; Airspace Docket No. 13-AEA-13]
RIN 2120-AA66

Amendment of VOR Federal Airways V-35 and V-276; Eastern United 

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This action modifies VOR Federal airways V-35 and V-276 in the 
eastern United States. The FAA is taking this action due to the 
scheduled decommissioning of the Tyrone, PA, VORTAC facility, which 
provides navigation guidance for portions of the routes.

DATES: Effective date 0901 UTC, May 29, 2014. 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 
Regulations Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; 
telephone: (202) 267-8783.



    On January 22, 2014, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend VOR Federal airways V-35 
and V-276, Eastern United States (79 FR 3544); due to the 
decommissioning of the Tyrone, PA, VORTAC. This document also corrects 
a typographical error in the title block of the NPRM; correcting VOR 
Federal Airway V-267 to V-276. Interested parties were invited to 
participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on 
the proposal. One comment was received. The comment was not 
aeronautical in nature and was outside the scope of this rule.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 by modifying VOR Federal airways V-35 and V-276 due to the 
decommissioning of the Tyrone, PA, VORTAC facility. In light of the 
planned VORTAC decommissioning, the FAA conducted an analysis of the 
air traffic usage of V-35 and V-276 and found that some segments of 
both airways experienced low utilization in the general area of the 
Tyrone VORTAC. Consequently, the FAA is removing the underutilized 
segments in both airways. Specifically, this action makes the following 
changes to the routes:
    V-35 is modified by eliminating the route segments from Morgantown, 
WV, through Indian Head, PA, Johnstown, PA, and Tyrone, PA to 
Phillipsburg, PA. The modified V-35 extends between Dolphin, FL, and 
Morgantown, WV; and between Phillipsburg, PA, and Syracuse, NY.
    V-276 is modified by eliminating the segments between Erie, PA, and 
the intersection of radials from the Phillipsburg, PA, and Ravine, PA, 
VORTACs (i.e., RASHE intersection). The modified V-276 now extends from 
the RASHE intersection, then proceeds along its currently charted track 
through Ravine, PA; Yardley, PA; and Robbinsville, NJ, to the 
intersection of the Robbinsville, NJ, 112[deg] and the Coyle, NJ, 
090[deg] radials (i.e., the PREPI intersection). This action also makes 
a correction in the title block of the NPRM, to correct the inverted 
numbers of VOR Federal Airway from V-267 to V-276.
    Except for editorial changes, and the change noted above, this rule 
is the same as published in the NPRM.
    VOR Federal airways are published in paragraph 6010 of FAA Order 
7400.9X, dated August 7, 2013, and effective September 15, 2013, which 
is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The VOR Federal airways 
listed in this document will 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 because 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 
because it modifies the route structure as required to preserve the 
safe and efficient flow of air traffic within the eastern United 

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 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).

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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 FAA Order 7400.9X, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 7, 2013 and 
effective September 15, 2013, is amended as follows:
* * * * *

Paragraph 6010 VOR Federal airways.


    From Dolphin, FL; INT Dolphin 266[deg] and Cypress, FL, 110[deg] 
radials; INT Cypress 110[deg] and Lee County, FL, 138[deg] radials; 
Lee County; INT Lee County 326[deg] and St. Petersburg, FL, 152[deg] 
radials; St. Petersburg; INT St. Petersburg 350[deg] and Cross City, 
FL, 168[deg] radials; Cross City; Greenville, FL; Pecan, GA; Macon, 
GA; INT Macon 005[deg] and Athens, GA, 195[deg] radials; Athens; 
Electric City, SC; Sugarloaf Mountain, NC; Holston Mountain, TN; 
Glade Spring, VA; Charleston, WV; INT Charleston 051[deg] and 
Elkins, WV, 264[deg] radials; Clarksburg, WV to Morgantown, WV. From 
Philipsburg, PA; Stonyfork, PA; Elmira, NY; to Syracuse, NY. The 
airspace below 2,000 feet MSL outside the United States is excluded. 
The portion outside the United States has no upper limit.


    From INT Philipsburg, PA 132[deg] and Ravine, PA 279[deg] 
radials; Ravine; Yardley, PA; Robbinsville, NJ; to INT Robbinsville 
112[deg] and Coyle, NJ, 090[deg] radials.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 20, 2014.
Gary A. Norek,
Manager, Airspace Policy and Regulations Group.
[FR Doc. 2014-06660 Filed 3-31-14; 8:45 am]