[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 67 (Tuesday, April 8, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 19287-19288]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-07725]

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Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0952; Airspace Docket No. 13-AGL-18]
RIN 2120-AA66

Modification of Area Navigation (RNAV) Route T-265, IL

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This action modifies RNAV route T-265 in support of the O'Hare 
Modernization Project (OMP)/Chicago Airspace Project (CAP). This action 
re-aligns T-265 slightly to the west providing appropriate lateral 
spacing from a new Rockford Airport Traffic Control Tower (RFD) and 
Chicago Terminal Radar Approach Control (C90) airspace boundary and to 
maintain the efficiency and safety of aircraft transitioning around the 
Chicago Class B airspace area.

DATES: Effective date 0901 UTC, July 24, 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: Colby Abbott, Airspace Policy and 
Regulations Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; 
telephone: (202) 267-8783.



    The FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed 
rulemaking (NPRM) to amend T-265 (78 FR 78303, December 26, 2013). 
Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking 
effort by submitting written comments on the proposal. One comment was 
received. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association supported the 
modification, but encouraged the FAA to utilize stakeholders in 
developing a national air traffic service route modernization plan.

The Rule

    The FAA is amending Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 to modify T-265 in support of the OMP/CAP. As part of the OMP/
CAP, the RFD/C90 airspace boundary is being moved to the west. This 
action re-aligns T-265 slightly to the west by replacing the first two 
waypoints in the route with two airway intersection fixes, AHMED and 
START, respectively, and re-designating the BULLZ and VEENA waypoints 
as airway intersection fixes. The route modification ensures 
appropriate lateral spacing from the new RFD/C90 airspace boundary and 
eliminates the need for manual air traffic control coordination or 
aircraft to accomplish frequency changes between the two facilities. 
This modification also shortens T-265 by almost 2 nautical miles while 
providing the same level of convenience to the flying public with an 
easy way to file and fly around the Chicago Class B airspace area 
between Chicago/Rockford International Airport, IL, and Chicago O'Hare 
International Airport, IL.
    Low altitude RNAV routes are published in paragraph 6011 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 RNAV route 
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 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 the route structure as required to preserve the safe and 
efficient flow of air traffic within the National Airspace System.

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 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.

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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 6011 United States area navigation routes.

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T-265 AHMED, IL to VEENA, WI [Amended]

    (Lat. 41[deg]29'52'' N., long. 88[deg]51'52'' W.)
    (Lat. 41[deg]45'25'' N., long. 89[deg]00'22'' W.)
    (Lat. 42[deg]27'27'' N., long. 88[deg]46'17'' W.)
    (Lat. 42[deg]42'18'' N., long. 88[deg]18'14'' W.)

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    Issued in Washington, DC, on April 1, 2014.
Gary A. Norek,
Manager, Airspace Policy and Regulations Group.
[FR Doc. 2014-07725 Filed 4-7-14; 8:45 am]