April 16, 2013
By Dan Namowitz
The FAA has published a final rule establishing two new low-altitude RNAV routes (T-routes) in Oregon to replace segments of a Victor airway that will be removed as a result of the planned decommissioning of the Portland, Ore., VOR/DME this year.
The new T-routes, designated T–302 and T–304, will be activated on June 27 between existing fixes with new waypoints added as described in the rule.
AOPA submitted comments in support of the action, which the FAA proposed on Jan. 22.
The FAA said establishing the new T-routes will enhance safety and efficiency and expand the use of RNAV in the National Airspace System, while providing continued en route navigation guidance in a portion of the Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center’s airspace.
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