Noise Oversight Committee 2014: A Year of Significant Achievements

It was another productive year for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Noise Oversight Committee (NOC). Highlights  for 2014 include endorsement of the Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Terminal Arrival Procedures , which will be implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in March 2015; and the NOC’s cohesive commitment regarding the categorical exclusion of environmental review for RNAV procedures, requesting “that the FAA return to Congress and seek clarification on the legislative intent.”

Another notable accomplishment is its work to establish a baseline for aircraft noise through mobile noise monitoring conducted in the cities of Edina and St. Louis Park. 

A guest speaker series began in 2014; at each meeting, experts shared extensive knowledge about their various areas of expertise. Topics included: Innovations in Aircraft Design, Network and Schedule Planning, Air Traffic Control 101, Sound Level Measurement, and several others. To view available presentations on video, go to

A full list of 2014 MSP NOC accomplishments can be viewed at:

The 2015 NOC Work Plan is available at:

The next MSP NOC meeting will be held January 21, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in the Richfield Municipal Center at 6700 Portland Avenue South, Richfield. For more information about NOC meetings, please call 612-726-8100 or visit