MSP Runway 17 RNAV Departure Procedure on Hold
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 30, 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 FAA implemented the two Runway 17 RNAV procedures to mirror existing noise abatement procedures that concentrate southwest-bound Runway 17 departures over the Minnesota River Valley. RNAV procedures are designed to improve safe and efficient movement of aircraft by leveraging advancements in navigation technology, which in turn increase the level of flight pattern precision. Once re-implemented, the Runway 17 RNAV Departure Procedures will help minimize the number of aircraft that overfly populated areas after taking off from MSP Runway 17.
The FAA is currently reviewing the procedures for re-implementation but has not provided a date for the completion of the review.
Click here to view a map of the Runway 17 Departure Procedures.