Open Houses Scheduled for MSP Performance Based Navigation

News Category: 

 

The Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) will be hosting two open houses for the Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures being considered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for implementation at MSP. The open houses will be as follows:

November 8, 2012

5:30pm to 8:30pm 
Crosstown Covenant Church
5540 30th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55417

November 13, 2012

5:30pm to 8:30pm
Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Parkway
Eagan, MN  55121

Click here to view the open house information boards: PBN Open House Display Boards

The FAA has designed PBN procedures for arrivals and departures at MSP utilizing technology called Area Navigation (RNAV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) in a manner that also allows Optimized Profile Descent (OPD) and continuous climb profiles. Click here for more information about PBN: PBN Information Brochure. Throughout this effort the NOC has been vocal in ensuring noise considerations are part of the new procedure design.  On March 22, 2011 the NOC sent a letter to the FAA endorsing a set of criteria to assess noise impacts prior to the implementation of the PBN procedures. The MAC took similar action and sent a letter to the FAA in support of the NOC's criteria.  The NOC and MAC-endorsed procedural design criteria include provisions to reduce sensitive land use overflights and aircraft arrival noise and to maximize use of RNAV noise tracks as part of the Runway Use System. 

At the September 19, 2012 NOC meeting, the FAA reported that every effort feasible was taken to adhere to the noise criteria, while still maintaining safety standards and adequate airspace capacity in the procedure design process.  Also at the meeting, the draft PBN procedure tracks were presented to the Committee.  Click here to view maps of the proposed MSP PBN procedure tracks: MSP PBN Maps.

The maps show RNAV departure tracks overlaid on a road map for each runway that will have the new procedures.  Tracks for heavy, large and small aircraft are provided.  The use percentages and daily counts displayed on each map represent a 2012 average day during the peak month for both south flow operations (departures off Runways 12L, 12R and 17) and north flow operations (departures off Runways 30L and 30R). The RNAV departures will have some dispersion about the tracks shown on the map, specifically at the departure end of the runway and around turns.

The purpose of the NOC-sponsored open houses is to showcase the new procedures and answer questions regarding impacts to surrounding communities. The NOC will then determine if its noise criteria were adequately considered in the procedure design and implementation process. Additionally, the MAC will consider whether or not to send a letter of support to the FAA for the PBN procedure implementation. The FAA anticipates publishing the new PBN procedures in late first quarter of 2013.