Selecting which runways to use for aircraft departures and arrivals at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is a complex task that falls under the responsibilities of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control (ATC). Decisions about runway use at MSP are made carefully and continuously by ATC, taking into consideration numerous flight factors that include: safety, efficiency, wind direction and wind speed (on the surface and aloft), air traffic congestion, aircraft weight, the number of inbound and scheduled outbound aircraft, noise abatement, and others.
On May 7, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it would begin evaluating its methods for measuring aircraft noise. For decades federal regulations prescribed a process under 14 CFR Part 150 for calculating aircraft noise impacts using the Day-Night Average Sound Level (DNL) metric.
The airfield at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is one of the busiest in the United States. Maintaining airfield features (i.e. runways, taxiways, aircraft parking surfaces, etc.) requires coordination of regularly-scheduled construction and/or maintenance tasks that involve pavement, painting, electrical work, signage, navigational aids, and area protection barriers.
While the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) is not an organization responsible for television broadcast signals, the MAC often receives phone calls or inquiries from members of the community who are experiencing interference with their television signal reception when aircraft fly overhead. The interference is called picture flutter.
The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Noise Program Office sponsors quarterly Public Input Meetings for residents to be briefed on Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) operational levels and procedures, receive updates on the MSP Noise Oversight Committee meeting topics and discussions, and to have an opportunity to provide comments on and voice concerns about aircraft noise issues.
The second quarterly Public Input Meeting in 2015 was held on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Richfield Municipal Building, 6700 Portland Avenue South, Richfield.
The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) established the MSP Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) to bring together industry and community representatives to address aircraft noise issues at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). The group meets bi-monthly on the third Wednesday of odd-numbered months.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be publishing new arrival procedures for most runways at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) in March 2015 that leverage Performance-based Navigation/Area Navigation (RNAV) technology. A generic depiction of RNAV is provided for reference.
The routes that arriving aircraft will follow on the final approach to MSP while using these new procedures will remain unchanged.
Ever wonder what factors most influence which runways are used for aircraft departing from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)? On Monday, February 2, 2015, Elaine Buckner, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control (ATC) Manager at MSP, gave a presentation to the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Planning, Development and Environment (PD&E) committee on just that topic. Ms. Buckner's presentation included a discussion of the following: