Are PBN/RNAV Procedures Implemented at MSP?

Performance-Based Navigation (PBN/RNAV) procedures were implemented in March 2015 for arrivals only at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

Click here to view maps of the proposed procedures to the south and east of MSP supported by the MAC: PBN/RNAV Maps.

The MAC took action in November 2012 related to the FAA's proposed procedures for MSP, based on comments it received from hundreds of community representatives and residents who voiced their concerns about the proposed new procedures. During its November 19, 2012 meeting, the MAC board stated it "supports implementation of the Area Navigation (RNAV) procedures as designed by the Federal Aviation Administration with the exception of RNAV departure procedures off Runways 30L and 30R at MSP." This action means the MAC board did not recommend PBN/RNAV departure procedures for MSP Runways 30L and 30R, whose flight tracks take aircraft over the cities to the north and west of MSP.

In February 2014, the FAA completed its Safety Management Study to determine if the MAC-supported partial PBN/RNAV implementation is possible without jeopardizing safety. At this time the FAA will move forward with implementation of arrival procedures, but no further action is being taken at this time by FAA toward partial implementation of RNAV departure procedures.

Updated 4/24/2015