FAA revises plan to shorten Oregon airway

February 7, 2013

The FAA has reopened the public comment period on the proposed modification of Victor airway V595 in Oregon after revising its original proposal. Members may comment on the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking by March 25 as provided below.

Instead of removing the segment of V595 between the Portland, Ore., VOR/DME and the HARZL fix , as originally proposed in 2012, the FAA now proposes to remove the entire V595 segment between the Deschutes Vortac and the Portland VOR/DME. The amended V595 would extend between the Rogue Valley, Ore., Vortac and the Deschutes Vortac. The FAA said it would establish new area navigation routes (T-routes) in the area to mitigate the impact of the airway modification. Those new T-routes would be proposed in a separate rulemaking action, the agency said.

The FAA had proposed the airway modification because the Portland VOR/DME is scheduled to be decommissioned. The agency later determined that because of high terrain, “the Deschutes VORTAC service volume is not adequate to support the originally proposed segment between Deschutes and the HARZL fix.”

Members may submit comments by March 25 online or by mail to U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001. Please cite FAA Docket No. FAA-2012-1004 and Airspace Docket No. 12-ANM-21 at the beginning of your comments.

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