[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 30 (Tuesday, February 13, 2018)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 6127-6130]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-02808]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2017-1082 Airspace Docket No. 17-AGL-22]


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

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule, technical amendment.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is amending four high altitude Area Navigation (RNAV) 
Q-routes (Q-140, Q-818, Q-935, and Q-947) that cross the United States 
(U.S.)/Canada border in the north central U.S. This action updates the 
latitude/longitude coordinates for three Canadian waypoints listed in 
the Q-route descriptions contained in the FAA aeronautical database to 
match the Canadian aeronautical database source information.

DATES: Effective date 0901 UTC, May 24, 2018. The Director of the 
Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under 
title 1, Code of Federal Regulations, part 51, subject to the annual 
revision of FAA Order 7400.11 and publication of conforming amendments.

ADDRESSES: FAA Order 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting 
Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/. For further information, you can 
contact the

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Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-
8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National 
Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the 
availability of FAA Order 7400.11B at NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go 
to https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.
    FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is 
published yearly and effective on September 15.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colby Abbott, Airspace Policy Group, 
Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-
8783.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Authority for This Rulemaking

    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 would amend the route structure as required to preserve 
the safe and efficient flow of air traffic.

History

    On September 26, 2014, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
final rule (79 FR 57758), Docket No. FAA-2014-0295, that amended, 
removed, and established multiple Air Traffic Service (ATS) routes in 
the north central U.S. to reflect and accommodate route changes being 
made in Canadian airspace as part of a Canadian airspace redesign 
project. During a recent aeronautical review, the FAA identified three 
Canadian waypoint geographic coordinate updates that were required for 
the waypoints RUBKI, IKNAV, and REVEN.
    This rule makes the Canadian waypoint corrections to ensure the Q-
routes and FAA aeronautical database are in concert with the Canadian 
aeronautical database source information.

Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

    This document amends FAA Order 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2017, and effective September 15, 
2017. FAA Order 7400.11B is publicly available as listed in the 
ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11B lists Class A, 
B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and 
reporting points.

The Rule

    The FAA is amending Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 by modifying RNAV Q-routes Q-140, Q-818, Q-935, and Q-947. The 
route modifications correct the RUBKI, IKNAV, and REVEN waypoint 
geographic coordinates used in the routes to match the Q-route 
descriptions and the FAA aeronautical database with the Canadian 
aeronautical database source information. The amendments result in no 
substantive changes or impact on the public and ensure safe and 
efficient across border connectivity.
    The RNAV route modifications accomplished by this action are 
outlined below.

Q-140: Change the RUBKI waypoint geographic coordinates from ``Lat. 
44[deg]14'56.00'' N, long. 082[deg]15'25.99'' W'' to read ``Lat. 
44[deg]14'54.82'' N, long. 082[deg]16'07.65'' W.''
Q-818: Change the IKNAV waypoint geographic coordinates from ``Lat. 
42[deg]57'43.00'' N, long. 078[deg]59'04.00'' W'' to read ``Lat. 
42[deg]57'43.00'' N, long. 078[deg]58'04.00'' W.''
Q-935: Change the IKNAV waypoint geographic coordinates from ``Lat. 
42[deg]57'43.00'' N, long. 078[deg]59'04.00'' W'' to read ``Lat. 
42[deg]57'43.00'' N, long. 078[deg]58'04.00'' W.''
Q-947: Change the REVEN waypoint geographic coordinates from ``Lat. 
45[deg]33'09.70'' N, long. 070[deg]42'01.90'' W'' to read ``Lat. 
45[deg]33'09.74'' N, long. 070[deg]42'01.90'' W.''

    Because the changes in this technical amendment result in no 
substantive change, we find notice and public procedures under 5 U.S.C. 
553(b) is unnecessary.
    High altitude United States RNAV Q-routes are published in 
paragraph 2006 and high altitude Canadian RNAV Q-routes are published 
in paragraph 2007 of FAA Order 7400.11B dated August 3, 2017, and 
effective September 15, 2017, which is incorporated by reference in 14 
CFR 71.1. The high altitude United States and Canadian RNAV Q-routes 
listed in this rule will be subsequently published in the Order.

Regulatory Notices and Analyses

    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. 
It, therefore: (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.

Environmental Review

    The FAA has determined that this action of modifying four high 
altitude RNAV Q-routes qualifies for categorical exclusion under the 
National Environmental Policy Act and its implementing regulations at 
40 CFR part 1500, and in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F. 
Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, Paragraph 5-6.5a, which 
categorically excludes from further environmental impact review 
rulemaking actions that designate or modify classes of airspace areas, 
airways, routes, and reporting points (see 14 CFR part 71, Designation 
of Class A, B, C, D, and E Airspace Areas; Air Traffic Service Routes; 
and Reporting Points). Therefore, this action is not expected to cause 
any potentially significant environmental impacts. In accordance with 
FAAO 1050.1F, paragraph 5-2 regarding Extraordinary Circumstances, this 
action has been reviewed for factors and circumstances in which a 
normally categorically excluded action may have a significant 
environmental impact requiring further analysis, and it is determined 
that 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).

The Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation 
Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

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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:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 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 7400.11B, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2017, and 
effective September 15, 2017, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 2006 United States Area Navigation Routes.

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Q-140 WOBED, WA to YODAA, NY [Amended]
 
WOBED, WA                WP                     (Lat. 48[deg]36'01.07'' N, long. 122[deg]49'46.52'' W)
GETNG, WA                WP                     (Lat. 48[deg]25'30.57'' N, long. 119[deg]31'38.98'' W)
CORDU, ID                FIX                    (Lat. 48[deg]10'46.41'' N, long. 116[deg]40'21.84'' W)
PETIY, MT                WP                     (Lat. 47[deg]58'46.55'' N, long. 114[deg]36'20.31'' W)
CHOTE, MT                FIX                    (Lat. 47[deg]39'56.68'' N, long. 112[deg]09'38.13'' W)
LEWIT, MT                WP                     (Lat. 47[deg]23'00.21'' N, long. 110[deg]08'44.78'' W)
SAYOR, MT                FIX                    (Lat. 47[deg]13'58.34'' N, long. 104[deg]58'39.28'' W)
WILTN, ND                FIX                    (Lat. 47[deg]04'58.09'' N, long. 100[deg]47'43.84'' W)
TTAIL, MN                WP                     (Lat. 46[deg]41'28.00'' N, long. 096[deg]41'09.00'' W)
CESNA, WI                WP                     (Lat. 45[deg]52'14.00'' N, long. 092[deg]10'59.00'' W)
WISCN, WI                WP                     (Lat. 45[deg]18'19.45'' N, long. 089[deg]27'53.91'' W)
EEGEE, WI                WP                     (Lat. 45[deg]08'53.00'' N, long. 088[deg]45'58.00'' W)
DAYYY, MI                WP                     (Lat. 44[deg]10'10.00'' N, long. 084[deg]22'23.00'' W)
RUBKI, Canada            WP                     (Lat. 44[deg]14'54.82'' N, long. 082[deg]16'07.65'' W)
PEPLA, Canada            WP                     (Lat. 43[deg]47'50.98'' N, long. 080[deg]00'53.56'' W)
SIKBO, Canada            WP                     (Lat. 43[deg]39'13.00'' N, long. 079[deg]20'57.00'' W)
MEDAV, Canada            WP                     (Lat. 43[deg]29'19.00'' N, long. 078[deg]45'46.00'' W)
AHPAH, NY                WP                     (Lat. 43[deg]18'19.00'' N, long. 078[deg]07'35.11'' W)
HANKK, NY                FIX                    (Lat. 42[deg]53'41.82'' N, long. 077[deg]09'15.21'' W)
BEEPS, NY                FIX                    (Lat. 42[deg]49'13.26'' N, long. 076[deg]59'04.84'' W)
EXTOL, NY                FIX                    (Lat. 42[deg]39'27.69'' N, long. 076[deg]37'06.10'' W)
MEMMS, NY                FIX                    (Lat. 42[deg]30'59.71'' N, long. 076[deg]18'15.43'' W)
KODEY, NY                FIX                    (Lat. 42[deg]16'47.53'' N, long. 075[deg]47'04.00'' W)
ARKKK, NY                WP                     (Lat. 42[deg]03'48.52'' N, long. 075[deg]19'00.41'' W)
RODYY, NY                WP                     (Lat. 41[deg]52'25.85'' N, long. 074[deg]35'49.39'' W)
YODAA, NY                FIX                    (Lat. 41[deg]43'21.19'' N, long. 074[deg]01'52.76'' W)
 

    Excluding the airspace within Canada.
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Paragraph 2007 Canadian Area Navigation Routes.

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Q-818 Flint, MI (FNT) to GAYEL, NY [Amended]
 
Flint, MI (FNT)          VORTAC                 (Lat. 42[deg]58'00.38'' N, long. 083[deg]44'49.08'' W)
TANKO, Canada            WP                     (Lat. 43[deg]01'32.48'' N, long. 082[deg]23'02.38'' W)
KITOK, Canada            WP                     (Lat. 43[deg]02'30.00'' N, long. 081[deg]55'34.00'' W)
DERLO, Canada            WP                     (Lat. 43[deg]03'59.00'' N, long. 081[deg]05'43.00'' W)
IKNAV, Canada            WP                     (Lat. 42[deg]57'43.00'' N, long. 078[deg]58'04.00'' W)
WOZEE, NY                WP                     (Lat. 42[deg]56'01.65'' N, long. 078[deg]44'19.64'' W)
KELIE, NY                FIX                    (Lat. 42[deg]39'37.32'' N, long. 077[deg]44'41.05'' W)
VIEEW, NY                FIX                    (Lat. 42[deg]26'22.07'' N, long. 077[deg]01'33.30'' W)
Binghampton, NY (CFB)    VORTAC                 (Lat. 42[deg]09'26.96'' N, long. 076[deg]08'11.30'' W)
BUFFY, PA                FIX                    (Lat. 41[deg]56'27.98'' N, long. 075[deg]36'45.35'' W)
STOMP, NY                WP                     (Lat. 41[deg]35'46.78'' N, long. 074[deg]47'47.79'' W)
MSLIN, NY                FIX                    (Lat. 41[deg]29'30.82'' N, long. 074[deg]33'14.28'' W)
GAYEL, NY                FIX                    (Lat. 41[deg]24'24.09'' N, long. 074[deg]21'25.75'' W)
 

    Excluding the airspace within Canada.
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Q-935 MONEE, MI to Boston, MA (BOS) [Amended]
 
MONEE, MI                FIX                    (Lat. 43[deg]14'25.80'' N, long. 084[deg]27'50.95'' W)
HOCKE, MI                WP                     (Lat. 43[deg]15'43.38'' N, long. 082[deg]42'38.27'' W)
OMRAK, Canada            WP                     (Lat. 43[deg]16'15.45'' N, long. 082[deg]15'52.31'' W)
DERLO, Canada            WP                     (Lat. 43[deg]03'59.00'' N, long. 081[deg]05'43.00'' W)
IKNAV, Canada            WP                     (Lat. 42[deg]57'43.00'' N, long. 078[deg]58'04.00'' W)
WOZEE, NY                WP                     (Lat. 42[deg]56'01.65'' N, long. 078[deg]44'19.64'' W)
HANKK, NY                FIX                    (Lat. 42[deg]53'41.82'' N, long. 077[deg]09'15.21'' W)
JOSSY, NY                WP                     (Lat. 42[deg]53'29.93'' N, long. 077[deg]02'36.80'' W)
AUDIL, NY                FIX                    (Lat. 42[deg]52'18.74'' N, long. 076[deg]26'35.07'' W)
FABEN, NY                WP                     (Lat. 42[deg]51'12.04'' N, long. 075[deg]57'07.91'' W)
PONCT, NY                WP                     (Lat. 42[deg]44'48.83'' N, long. 073[deg]48'48.07'' W)
Gardner, MA (GDM)        VOR/DME                (Lat. 42[deg]32'45.32'' N, long. 072[deg]03'29.48'' W)
Boston, MA (BOS)         VOR/DME                (Lat. 42[deg]21'26.82'' N, long. 070[deg]59'22.37'' W)
 


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    Excluding the airspace within Canada.
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Q-947 REVEN, Canada to DUVOK, Canada
 
REVEN, Canada            WP                     (Lat. 45[deg]33'09.74'' N, long. 070[deg]42'01.90'' W)
TOPPS, ME                FIX                    (Lat. 45[deg]20'24.65'' N, long. 067[deg]44'19.11'' W)
CUZWA, ME                WP                     (Lat. 45[deg]17'48.49'' N, long. 067[deg]27'58.22'' W)
DUVOK, Canada            WP                     (Lat. 44[deg]55'37.33'' N, long. 065[deg]17'11.66'' W)
 

    Excluding the airspace within Canada.
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    Issued in Washington, DC, on February 6, 2018.
Rodger A. Dean Jr.,
Manager, Airspace Policy Group.
[FR Doc. 2018-02808 Filed 2-12-18; 8:45 am]
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