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RNAV routes Q-42 and Q-480 both include the waypoint “BTRIX” in their descriptions. Q-480 also includes a waypoint named “BEETS.” With the extensive use of the routes in recent months, air traffic control facilities have identified a problem whereby “BTRIX” is being confused with “BEETS.” To eliminate any chance of confusion and enhance safety, the FAA is changing the name “BTRIX” to “MIKYG” in the descriptions of Q-42 and Q-480. This action is a name change only. The geographic position of the waypoint is not changing and the current alignments of Q-42 and Q-480 are not affected.
In addition, the geographic coordinates for the “BEETS” waypoint, in the description of Q-480, are changed from “lat. 39°57′20″ N., long. 77°26′59″ W.,” to “lat. 39°57′21″ N., long. 77°27′00″ W.” This is a minor change by adding one second of latitude and one second of longitude due to more accurate plotting of the point. This change does not alter the alignment of Q-480.
This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by changing the name of one waypoint in the descriptions of RNAV routes Q-42 and Q-480 from “BTRIX” to “MIKYG.” In addition, a minor increase of one second of latitude and one second of longitude is made to the coordinates of the BEETS waypoint in Q-480.
Since this action involves only editorial changes to the legal descriptions of RNAV routes and does not change the dimensions or operating requirements of the affected routes, notice and public procedures under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are unnecessary.
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 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 will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule, when promulgated, will 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 updates the legal descriptions of RNAV routes to avoid the use of similar sounding waypoint names.
United States Area Navigation Routes are published in paragraph 2006 of FAA Order 7400.9W, dated August 8, 2012, and effective September 15, 2012, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The RNAV routes listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.
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 consists of editorial changes only and is not expected to cause any potentially significant environmental impacts, and no extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment.
Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).
In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows:
49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.