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Are Aircraft Departing South from MSP Supposed to Remain South of Highway 110?

Some aircraft departing from Runways 12L and 12R at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) are directed by Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) to fly on specific headings that concentrate flights over the Eagan-Mendota Heights Corridor (Corridor) -- an industrial area adjacent to the Minnesota River Valley-- before turning on course to their destination.  The idea is to guide air carrier jet aircraft over less-populated areas, like areas located inside the corridor, while the aircraft is gaining altitude on its initial climb. 

Wind Factors at MSP

People often ask how much of a factor wind is when determining which runways will be used for arrivals and departures at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).  The simple answer is that wind direction is a primary consideration during each moment a pilot lands or takes off at any airport, including MSP.

MSP Noise Oversight Committee Meeting on May 8

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) met at 1:30pm on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the Metropolitan Airports Commission General Offices Building.  Agenda items for this meeting included: Review of Operations Summary Report, "Sound Level Meter Measurement 101" Presentation, Noise Monitoring Study West and Northwest of MSP: Fall 2014, Runway Use System Study, Review of Runway 35 River Visual Approach Procedure and Second Quarter 2014 Public Input Meeting Summary.

MSP Noise Public Input Meeting on April 22

The MAC Noise Program Office sponsors quarterly Public Input Meetings for residents to receive updates on the MSP Noise Oversight Committee and its activities, to be briefed on MSP operational levels and procedures and to have an opportunity to provide comments on and voice concerns about aircraft noise issues.

A Public Input Meeting was held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Metropolitan Airports Commission's General Offices Building, 6040 28th Avenue South, Minneapolis MN.

MAC Endorses the MSP NOC Resolution Regarding Area Navigation

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) unanimously approved the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Noise Oversight Committee resolution to support the Federal Aviation Administration'€™s (FAA) actions related to Area Navigation at MSP.  The endorsement occurred as part of the regular meeting of the board that was held on March 17, 2014.