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FAA Suspends Runway 35 Arrivals at MSP

On Friday, July 24, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) suspended certain operations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) - specifically, aircraft arriving on Runway 35 (over Apple Valley, Burnsville and Bloomington) when aircraft are also departing to the northwest and west (over Minneapolis and Richfield) off Runway 30L. This operation does not comply with the FAA’s converging runway requirement.

Monthly MSP Runway Use System Report Now Available

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. 

Seasonal Airfield Construction and Maintenance at MSP

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.

MAC’s Advice for Neighbors with Television Signal Interference

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.

Public Input Meeting on April 28, 2015

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.

Area Navigation Arrival Procedures at MSP Unveiled

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.