[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 101 (Tuesday, May 27, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 30017-30019]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-11999]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2013-1062; Airspace Docket No. 13-ACE-3]
RIN 2120-AA66

Modification of Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes; North Central 
United States

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This action modifies three Jet Routes (J-45, J-151, and J-233) 
and a high altitude area navigation (RNAV) route (Q-19). The FAA is 
taking this action due to a service restriction of the Des Moines, IA 
(DSM), VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR)/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) 
facility that provides navigation guidance for a portion of the ATS 
routes identified.

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.



    On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, the FAA published in the Federal 
Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to modify J-45, J-151, 
J-233, and Q-19 in the vicinity of the DSM VORTAC, Des Moines, IA (79 
FR 3545). Interested parties were invited to participate in this 
rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on this proposal to 
the FAA. No comments were received in response to the NPRM.

Differences From the NPRM

    Subsequent to publication of the NPRM, an error in the J-233 route

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description format was identified. Airway and route legal descriptions 
are published in FAA Order 7400.9X, Airspace Designations and Reporting 
Points. Current format guidelines for these legal descriptions require 
that the order of points in a description be listed from ``south-to-
north'' or from ``west-to-east,'' as applicable. The description for J-
233 in the NPRM listed the points from ``north-to-south,'' in error. 
The rule simply reverses the order of the points listed for J-233 to a 
``south-to-north'' format for standardization. The route structure is 
unchanged from that proposed in the NPRM.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 by modifying Jet Routes J-45, J-151, and J-233, and high 
altitude RNAV route Q-19. The DSM, VOR radial restrictions have made 
this action necessary. The route modifications are outlined below.
    J-45: J-45 extends between Virginia Key, FL, and Aberdeen, SD. The 
route segment between the St Louis, MO (STL), and DSM VORTACs is 
relocated over the Kirksville, MO (IRK), VORTAC and extended 
approximately four nautical miles (NM) to restore navigable route 
structure using serviceable DSM VOR radials.
    J-151: J-151 extends between Cross City, FL, and Whitehall, MT. The 
route segment between STL and O'Neil, NE (ONL), VORTACs is realigned 
over the IRK and Omaha, NE (OVR), VORTACs, providing a nearly direct 
routing from STL to ONL and reducing the route segment by 12.5 NM.
    J-233: J-233 extends between STL and Waterloo, IA (ALO). The route 
is realigned over the IRK VORTAC to resolve an extended service volume 
flight check failure impacting the navigable use of the route.
    Q-19: Q-19 extends between Nashville, TN (BNA), and the PLESS fix, 
overlying a portion of J-45. The route is extended northwest from the 
PLESS fix over the STL VORTAC to the DSM VORTAC, retaining a direct 
routing capability between STL and DSM for aircraft capable of flying 
RNAV routes.
    The navigation aid radials cited in the proposed Jet Route and high 
altitude RNAV route descriptions below, are stated relative to True 
    Jet Routes are published in paragraph 2004 and high altitude RNAV 
routes (Q) are published in paragraph 2006, respectively, 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 Jet Routes and high 
altitude 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 necessary to preserve the safe 
and efficient flow of air traffic 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 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 

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

Paragraph 2004 Jet Routes.

J-45 [Amended]

    From Virginia Key, FL; INT Virginia Key 014[deg] and Treasure, 
FL, 143[deg] radials; Treasure; INT Treasure 330[deg] and Ormond 
Beach, FL, 183[deg] radials; Ormond Beach; Craig, FL; Alma, GA; 
Macon, GA; Atlanta, GA; Nashville, TN; St Louis, MO; Kirksville, MO; 
Des Moines, IA; Sioux Falls, SD; to Aberdeen, SD.
* * * * *

J-151 [Amended]

    From Cross City, FL; Vulcan, AL; Farmington, MO; St. Louis, MO; 
Kirksville, MO; Omaha, NE; O'Neil, NE; Rapid City, SD; Billings, MT; 
INT Billings 266[deg] and Whitehall, MT, 103[deg] radials; to 
* * * * *

J-233 [Amended]

    From St. Louis, MO; Kirksville, MO; to Waterloo, IA.
* * * * *

Paragraph 2006 United States Area Navigation Routes.

Q-19 Nashville, TN (BNA) to Aberdeen, SD (ABR) [Amended]
Nashville, TN (BNA)     VORTAC                 (Lat. 36[deg]08'13'' N., long. 86[deg]41'05'' W.)
PLESS, IL               Fix                    (Lat. 37[deg]48'35'' N., long. 88[deg]57'48'' W.)
St. Louis, MO (STL)     VORTAC                 (Lat. 38[deg]51'38'' N., long. 90[deg]28'57'' W.)
Des Moines, IA (DSM)    VORTAC                 (Lat. 41[deg]26'15'' N., long. 93[deg]38'55'' W.)

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Sioux Falls, SD (FSD)   VORTAC                 (Lat. 43[deg]38'58'' N., long. 96[deg]46'52'' W.)
Aberdeen, SD (ABR)      VOR/DME                (Lat. 45[deg]25'02'' N., long. 98[deg]22'07'' W.)

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    Issued in Washington, DC, on May 19, 2014.
Gary A. Norek,
Manager, Airspace Policy and Regulations Group.
[FR Doc. 2014-11999 Filed 5-23-14; 8:45 am]