May 20, 2020

The FAA on May 21 will implement a significant number of airway amendments, including changes to published high-altitude RNAV Q-routes and offshore Y-routes, as part of its ongoing redesign of the South-Central Florida Metroplex.

In a new update on the South-Central Florida Metroplex, the FAA said additional waypoints will be added to 11 Q-routes – Q-65, Q-77, Q-79, Q-81, Q-85, Q-93, Q-99, Q-109, Q-110 and Q-116 – and that nine Y-routes will be adapted to provide more efficient, streamlined route options for users and to improve the efficiency of the national airspace system.

Amendments are also being made to airways L450, L452, L453, L464, M596 and L454.

The FAA added that three Y-routes – Y-260, Y-292 and Y318 – published in January, but NOTAMed as not authorized will be available for usage starting May 21.

Download the FAA presentation on Florida Metroplex Q and Y route changes

In its update, the FAA also provided some insight on SIDs and STARs procedures proposed in its recent draft environmental assessment (EA) of the South-Central Florida Metroplex.

According to the FAA, a final EA and record of decision should be expected on Aug. 31, 2020, with the first implantation targeted for April 22, 2021, and a second implementation following on Aug. 12, 2021.

The first implementation will focus on Orlando-area procedures, RNAV terminal transition routes, or T-routes, and some conventional procedures, as well as instrument approaches at the 21 airports listed in the Draft EA. The second implementation will include Fort Lauderdale-, Miami-, Palm Beach- and Tampa-area procedures as well as the remaining conventional procedures and instrument approaches.