The most recent Public Input Meeting was held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) General Office Building. The MAC Noise Program Office hosts Public Input Meetings on a quarterly basis as an opportunity for residents to receive updates about activities at the Minneapols-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and the MSP Noise Oversight Committee (NOC).
Please join us in welcoming John Nelson as the Metropolitan Airports Commission’s new Manager - Noise, Environment & Planning. Nelson replaces Chad Leqve who held the position for 14 years and recently accepted a position as the MAC’s Director of Environment.
Based on recent comments from community members about a perceived increase in the number of departures to the northwest off Runway 30L, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Noise Program Office analyzed flight track and weather data comparing March 2013 to March 2012. The results show that the greater number of aircraft operations to the northwest in 2013 is attributed to a greater number of days with winds from the north and/or west, compared to 2012.
During its meeting on March 20, 2013, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) approved a change to the committee bylaws in order to include the City of Edina in the At-Large Community membership.
The City of Edina sought membership on the NOC in November 2012 when Edina residents became concerned about whether their input about the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) proposed implementation of Area Navigation (RNAV) departure and arrival procedures at MSP was being considered.
Each year the Metropolitan Airports Commission conducts aircrat noise analyses for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) as required by the 2008 Consent Decree, and conducts a comparison of aircraft noise associated with MSP.
The 2012 MSP Annual Noise Contour Analysis is complete and available to the public. This analysis determined that the noise contours at MSP continued to shrink in most areas.
On February 1, 2013 Jeff Hamiel, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director, sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommending a framework for community outreach associated with future implementation of Performance-Based Navigation (PBN)/Area Navigation (RNAV) procedures at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).
On December 21, 2012 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) suspended use of two Runway 17 Area Navigation (RNAV) Departure Procedures at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) while it works to resolve computer system issues. The MSP Runway 17 Departure procedures were implemented on November 20, 2012 for southwest-bound aircraft only. According to the FAA, these procedures, “have proven to be operationally problematic” from an air traffic control perspective.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in cooperation with the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), has completed a Final Environmental Assessment (EA)/Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) and drafted a Finding of No Significant Impact-Record of Decision (FONSI-ROD) for the 2020 Improvements projects at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). These documents are open for a 30-day public review and comment period, which closes Friday, February 8, 2013.