Summer in the Twin Cities is precious and this summer is no exception. Residents who were impacted early in the season by heavy-use of the south flow runway configuration at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) may experience some reprieve while we all enjoy the fresh blast of cool air from the north.
The MSP Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) is an advisory board to the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), and is comprised of industry and community representatives who address aircraft noise issues associated with activity at MSP. The group meets bi-monthly on the third Wednesday of odd-numbered months.
The MAC Noise Offce online flight tracker recently received a complete makeover and was unveiled on Wednesday, June 20.
The Flight Tracker has long been popular with aviation enthusiasts and residents near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) for monitoring flights and noise levels. But the new tool offers enhanced features including a mobile-device friendly interface, the capability to see each flight's real-time speed and altitude, and find a noise level from the MAC sound-monitoring devices located in neighborhoods near the airport.
Summer has arrived in the Twin Cities. At Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) summer means vacations, more travelers and more aircraft takeoffs and landings. Neighbors near the airport may be noticing some of the effects of these changing weather conditions.
Warmer temperatures and humidity cause aircraft to use longer distances to takeoff and, once airborne, climb slower. To find out more, check out our FAQ #2 titled “Can airplanes climb/fly higher to reduce noise?”
Out with the old:
The downward trend continues for MD-80 aircraft operating at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Delta Air Lines and American Airlines are two airlines flying MD-80 aircraft with regular service at MSP. Beginning in January 2018, Delta began relocating MD-80 aircraft to their Atlanta, Georgia hub. For March, Delta has zero scheduled MD-80 operations at MSP.
Each year a noise contour analysis is prepared for MSP Airport to assess actual aircraft noise exposure on residential homes around MSP and to determine possible eligibility for future noise mitigation. The 2017 Annual Noise Contour Report reveals an overall decrease in residents within the 60 dB DNL noise contour as compared to both the 2016 actual and 2007 forecast noise exposure contours.
Strong northeasterly winds associated with a winter storm today are contributing to unusual air traffic patterns and runway use at at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Early this morning, aircraft inbound to MSP were directed by Air Traffic Controllers to begin using Runway 35 for arrivals and Runway 4 for departures. Typically aircraft will arrive and depart MSP using the parallel runways, but today's blustery wind from the northeast requires different runways be used.
The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) continues to work toward solutions and track trends that help reduce aircraft noise for residents around Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). While aircraft noise continues to be a concern for neighbors, below are some highlights to share from 2017.