[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 179 (Tuesday, September 16, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 55357-55360]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-21914]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2014-0271; Airspace Docket No. 13-AWP-16]
RIN 2120-AA66


Modification and Establishment of Area Navigation (RNAV) Routes; 
Western United States

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action modifies three RNAV Q-routes and establishes five 
Q-routes originating in Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center's 
(ARTCC) airspace. The routes promote operational efficiencies for users 
and provide connectivity to current and proposed RNAV en route and 
terminal procedures. Also, two waypoints and a fix name is changed for 
Q-120, and Q-128, as the proposed names already were in use.

DATES: Effective date 0901 UTC, November 13, 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.

ADDRESSES: FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting 
Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/. The Order is also 
available for inspection at the National Archives and Records 
Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this 
material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/code_of_federal-regulations/ibr_locations.html.
    FAA Order 7400.9, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is 
published yearly and effective on September 15. For further 
information, you can contact the Airspace Policy and Regulations Group, 
Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20591; telephone: 202-267-8783.

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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

History

    On June 9, 2014, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice 
of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to modify three RNAV Q-routes and 
establish 5 Q-routes originating in Oakland Air Route Traffic Control 
Center's (ARTCC) airspace (79 FR 32883). Interested parties were 
invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written 
comments on the proposal. No comments were received.

Differences From the NPRM

    This rule changes the name of 3 waypoints. For Q-120, MENSE 
waypoint is changed to BETBE and LIITL waypoint is changed to TRAKY. 
For Q-128, NOBBY is changed to VLUST. The coordinates for these 
waypoints remain the same. These waypoint name changes were necessary 
as the proposed names already were in use or proposed in another 
project.

The Rule

    The FAA is amending Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 modifying 3 RNAV Q-routes and establishing 5 Q-routes 
originating in

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the Oakland ARTCC airspace. The routes run generally west-east, 
connecting the San Francisco and Los Angeles terminal areas with 
destinations to the east. The modified routes connect to new Standard 
Instrument Departure (SID) and Standard Terminal Arrival (STAR) 
procedures as designed in the Northern California (NorCal) Metroplex. 
The routes provide options to traverse or circumnavigate the restricted 
area R-2508 complex. The routes are described below.
    Q-120: Q-120 extends between the Sacramento, CA, VORTAC (SAC) and 
the Redwood Falls, MN, VOR/DME (RWF). The modifications remove the SAC 
VORTAC at the west end of the route and replace it with the new ORRCA 
waypoint (WP). Additional WPs are added along the route. On the east 
end, the RWF VOR/DME is removed from the route and a new endpoint is 
established using the existing UFFDA WP, MN. The UFFDA WP is located 
approximately 41 nautical miles (NM) west of the RWF VOR/DME, thereby 
shortening the length of Q-120 by that distance. Two waypoints along 
the route, MENSE and LIITL, are renamed BETBE and TRAKY, respectively.
    Q-128: Q-128 extends between the Linden, CA, VORTAC (LIN) and the 
Memphis, TN, VORTAC (MEM). The modifications remove the LIN VORTAC from 
the route and is replaced with the new SYRAH, CA, WP. The SYRAH WP is 
located approximately 7 NM southwest of the LIN VORTAC. The 
Bartlesville, OK, VOR/DME (BVO) is removed from the route and replaced 
with the VEGUC, OK, WP (approximately 12 NM southeast of the BVO) VOR/
DME. The Razorback, AR, VORTAC (RZC) is also removed from the route and 
replaced by the renamed VLUST, AR, WP. The VLUST WP is approximately 1 
NM northeast of RZC VORTAC. The MEM VORTAC is removed from the route 
and replaced by the MUDHO, MS, WP (approximately 7 NM southwest of the 
MEM VORTAC). From the MUDHO WP, Q-128 is extended by approximately 160 
NM to the southeast terminating at the new east end JILLS, AL, WP. The 
JILLS WP is located approximately 11 NM northwest of the Crimson, AL, 
VORTAC (LDK).
    Q130: Q130 extends between the LIN VORTAC and the Panhandle, TX, 
VORTAC (PNH). The modifications remove the LIN VORTAC from route and 
replace it with the new SYRAH, CA, WP. The Rattlesnake, NM, VORTAC 
(RSK) is also replaced by the new HASSL, UT, WP; and the existing 
TAHIB, UT, WP, is inserted between the ROCCY, UT, WP and the DIXAN, NM, 
WP. The PNH VORTAC remains as the eastern endpoint of Q-130.
    The changes to Q-120, Q-128, and Q-130 support Performance Based 
Navigation procedures into or out of terminal areas and reduce the 
reliance on ground-based navigation aids by replacing some facilities 
in the route descriptions with GPS waypoints.
    The following new routes are established:
    Q-158: Q-158 extends from a new NTELL, CA, WP (located west of 
restricted area R-2508, near the Clovis, CA, VORTAC (CZQ), transiting 
through the northern part of R-2508, and the new JEDNA, NV, WP 
(northwest of Las Vegas, NV).
    Q-160: Q-160 begins at the new SHVVR, CA, WP, then transits through 
the northern part of R-2508, and ends at the existing BIKKR, CA, WP, 
where it links to Q-158.
    Q-162: Q-162 extends between the NTELL WP and the MYCAL, NV, WP. 
From NTELL, Q-162 circumnavigates around the north end of R-2508 
through the existing CABAB, CA, WP and the KENNO, NV, WP, then turns 
southeastward through the gap between restricted areas R-2508 and R-
4807A/R-4808N, to the MYCAL WP, where it links to Q-158.
    Q-164: Q-164 extends between the NTELL, CA, WP and the existing 
ROCCY, UT, WP. Q-164 provides east- and west-bound routing north of the 
R-2508 and R-4807/R-4808 complexes.
    Q-166: Q-166 begins at the VIKSN, CA, WP, then transits through the 
northeast corner of R-2508, and ends at the BIKKR, CA, WP. Q-166 
connects with Q-162 at the VIKSN WP and with Q-158 and Q-160 at the 
BIKKR WP.
    It should be noted that the routes that transit through R-2508 
(i.e., Q-158, Q-160 and Q-166) are only available during times when the 
restricted airspace has been released to the FAA for joint use in 
accordance with a joint use agreement.
    This action promotes user operational efficiencies and provides 
connectivity to current and proposed RNAV en route and terminal 
procedures.
    High altitude RNAV routes are published in paragraph 2006 of FAA 
Order 7400.9Y dated August 6, 2014, and effective September 15, 2014, 
which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The RNAV routes 
listed in this document are 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 
authority.
    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 enhance the safe and 
efficient flow of air traffic in the western United States.

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: Policy 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:

PART 71--DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR 
TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS

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1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows:


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    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]

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2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.9Y, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2014, and 
effective September 15, 2014, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 2006 United States area navigation routes.

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Q120 ORRCA, CA to UFFDA, MN [Amended]
 
ORRCA, CA...................  WP                  (Lat. 38[deg]26'37'' N., long. 121[deg]33'06'' W.)
BETBE, NV...................  WP                  (Lat. 39[deg]53'32'' N., long. 119[deg]05'50'' W.)
ZORUN, NV...................  WP                  (Lat. 39[deg]59'00'' N., long. 118[deg]55'00'' W.)
GALLI, NV...................  WP                  (Lat. 40[deg]19'10'' N., long. 118[deg]07'18'' W.)
JAJAY, NV...................  WP                  (Lat. 40[deg]44'03'' N., long. 116[deg]49'33'' W.)
TRAKY, NV...................  WP                  (Lat. 41[deg]21'36'' N., long. 114[deg]44'31'' W.)
PROXI, UT...................  WP                  (Lat. 41[deg]58'21'' N., long. 112[deg]31'34'' W.)
Big Piney, WY (BPI).........  VOR/DME             (Lat. 42[deg]34'46'' N., long. 110[deg]06'33'' W.)
JUGIV, WY...................  WP                  (Lat. 42[deg]57'44'' N., long. 108[deg]08'43'' W.)
HIKOX, WY...................  WP                  (Lat. 43[deg]12'16'' N., long. 106[deg]52'19'' W.)
JASTI, SD...................  WP                  (Lat. 44[deg]01'24'' N., long. 101[deg]26'26'' W.)
UFFDA, MN...................  WP                  (Lat. 44[deg]29'46'' N., long. 96[deg]05'25'' W.)
 
Q128 SYRAH, CA to JILLS, AL [Amended]
 
SYRAH, CA...................  WP                  (Lat. 37[deg]59'28'' N., long. 121[deg]06'11'' W.)
JSICA, NV...................  WP                  (Lat. 38[deg]31'14'' N., long. 117[deg]17'13'' W.)
TABLL, UT...................  WP                  (Lat. 38[deg]39'56'' N., long. 113[deg]10'35'' W.)
EDLES, UT...................  WP                  (Lat. 38[deg]40'40'' N., long. 109[deg]56'27'' W.)
FLOOD, CO...................  WP                  (Lat. 38[deg]20'24'' N., long. 105[deg]05'38'' W.)
ZAROS, CO...................  WP                  (Lat. 37[deg]59'22'' N., long. 102[deg]20'22'' W.)
VEGUC, OK...................  WP                  (Lat. 36[deg]48'52'' N., long. 96[deg]00'45'' W.)
VLUST, AR...................  FIX                 (Lat. 36[deg]15'13'' N., long. 94[deg]06'27'' W.)
ECIGE, AR...................  WP                  (Lat. 35[deg]33'53'' N., long. 91[deg]54'08'' W.)
MUDHO, MS...................  WP                  (Lat. 34[deg]56'30'' N., long. 90[deg]06'26'' W.)
JILLS, AL...................  WP                  (Lat. 33[deg]19'27'' N., long. 87[deg]44'47'' W.)
 
Q130 SYRAH, CA to Panhandle, TX (PNH) [Amended]
 
SYRAH, CA...................  WP                  (Lat. 37[deg]59'28'' N., long. 121[deg]06'11'' W.)
JSICA, NV...................  WP                  (Lat. 38[deg]31'14'' N., long. 117[deg]17'13'' W.)
REANA, NV...................  WP                  (Lat. 38[deg]24'00'' N., long. 114[deg]20'00'' W.)
ROCCY, UT...................  WP                  (Lat. 37[deg]49'42'' N., long. 112[deg]00'00'' W.)
HASSL, UT...................  WP                  (Lat. 37[deg]34'12'' N., long. 110[deg]53'01'' W.)
TAHIB, UT...................  WP                  (Lat. 37[deg]03'15'' N., long. 108[deg]47'44'' W.)
DIXAN, NM...................  WP                  (Lat. 36[deg]16'51'' N., long. 105[deg]57'20'' W.)
MIRME, NM...................  WP                  (Lat. 35[deg]47'01'' N., long. 103[deg]50'32'' W.)
Panhandle, TX (PNH).........  VORTAC              (Lat. 35[deg]14'06''N., long. 101[deg]41'57'' W.)
 
Q158 NTELL, CA TO JEDNA, NV [New]
 
NTELL, CA...................  WP                  (Lat. 36[deg]53'59'' N., long. 119[deg]53'22'' W.)
PPARK, CA...................  WP                  (Lat. 36[deg]46'49'' N., long. 118[deg]38'49'' W.)
TRTIS, CA...................  WP                  (Lat. 36[deg]36'37'' N., long. 117[deg]06'57'' W.)
BIKKR, CA...................  WP                  (Lat. 36[deg]34'00'' N., long. 116[deg]45'00'' W.)
MYCAL, NV...................  WP                  (Lat. 36[deg]27'37'' N., long. 116[deg]15'51'' W.)
JEDNA, NV...................  WP                  (Lat. 36[deg]19'24'' N., long. 115[deg]39'22'' W.)
 
Q160 SHVVR, CA TO BIKKR, CA [New]
 
SHVVR, CA...................  WP                  (Lat. 37[deg]14'24'' N., long. 119[deg]48'49'' W.)
FAANG, CA...................  INT                 (Lat. 37[deg]00'00'' N., long. 118[deg]35'03'' W.)
RIVVO, CA...................  WP                  (Lat. 36[deg]39'10'' N., long. 117[deg]06'15'' W.)
BIKKR, CA...................  WP                  (Lat. 36[deg]34'00'' N., long. 116[deg]45'00'' W.)
 
Q162 NTELL, CA TO MYCAL, NV [New]
 
NTELL, CA...................  WP                  (Lat. 36[deg]53'59'' N., long. 119[deg]53'22'' W.)
CABAB, CA...................  WP                  (Lat. 37[deg]16'36'' N., long. 118[deg]43'12'' W.)
VIKSN, CA...................  WP                  (Lat. 37[deg]21'03'' N., long. 117[deg]53'36'' W.)
KENNO, NV...................  WP                  (Lat. 37[deg]17'53'' N., long. 117[deg]18'37'' W.)
ESSAA, NV...................  WP                  (Lat. 37[deg]04'05'' N., long. 116[deg]55'59'' W.)
TUMBE, NV...................  WP                  (Lat. 36[deg]48'20'' N., long. 116[deg]40'03'' W.)
MYCAL, NV...................  WP                  (Lat. 36[deg]27'37'' N., long. 116[deg]15'51'' W.)
 
Q164 NTELL, CA TO ROCCY, UT [New]
 
NTELL, CA...................  WP                  (Lat. 36[deg]53'59'' N., long. 119[deg]53'22.21'' W.)
CABAB, CA...................  WP                  (Lat. 37[deg]16'36'' N., long. 118[deg]43'12'' W.)
KICHI, NV...................  WP                  (Lat. 37[deg]58'00'' N., long. 117[deg]11'00'' W.)
KATTS, NV...................  WP                  (Lat. 38[deg]20'00'' N., long. 116[deg]20'00'' W.)
KITTN, NV...................  WP                  (Lat. 38[deg]19'44'' N., long. 114[deg]57'41'' W.)
ROCCY, UT...................  WP                  (Lat. 37[deg]49'42'' N., long. 112[deg]00'00'' W.)
 

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Q166 VIKSN, CA TO BIKKR, CA [New]
 
VIKSN, CA...................  WP                  (Lat. 37[deg]21'03'' N., long. 117[deg]53'36'' W.)
UHILL, CA...................  WP                  (Lat. 36[deg]53'48'' N., long. 117[deg]13'36'' W.)
BIKKR, CA...................  WP                  (Lat. 36[deg]34'00'' N., long. 116[deg]45'00'' W.)
 


    Issued in Washington, DC, on September 9, 2014.
Ellen Crum,
Acting Manager, Airspace Policy and Regulations Group.
[FR Doc. 2014-21914 Filed 9-15-14; 8:45 am]
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