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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.

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.

MSP Noise Oversight Committee Meeting - Special Meeting

Per the MSP Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) bylaws, the NOC Co-chairs have called a special meeting to discuss the Federal Aviation Administration's determination on the implementation of Area Navigation (RNAV) procedures at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

The meeting will be held at 2:30pm on Thursday, 6 March 2014, at the Metropolitan Airports Commission's General Offices building at 6040 28th Avenue South, Minneapolis.

MAC Receives FAA Decision Regarding RNAV Use at MSP

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) received a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) indicating that the FAA will not implement Area Navigation (RNAV) departure routes at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) at this time.

RNAV technology enables aircraft to consistently fly specific, predictable, predetermined routes, enhancing safety and efficiency while reducing fuel burn and emissions. Use of RNAV technology is a key part of the federal NextGen program for addressing congestion and improving safety and efficiency in the national airspace.

MSP Activity Grew in 2013

Aircraft activity and passenger counts at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport both rose in 2013 compared to 2012.

The Federal Aviation Administration reported 431,573 aircraft took off or landed at MSP in 2013, which is approximately 1.6% more operations than occurred in 2012. The MAC reports that there were about 33.9 million passengers that traveled on those aircraft, up approximately 2.2% from 33.2 million in 2012.