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MAC Facts: Reliever Airports

reliever mapThe Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) owns and operates one of the nation’s largest airport systems, including the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP) and six general aviation airports. The general aviation airports are often referred to as reliever airports because they relieve air traffic congestion that would otherwise occur at MSP.

Overnight MSP Flight Check

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may be operating a flight check tonight and possibly tomorrow night at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). The FAA periodically conducts this type of flight to verify navigational equipment on the airfield is functioning within necessary parameters. For this flight, the FAA intends to test equipment for MSP Runway 12L, and plans to fly unique approaches to, and departures from the runway to test the various navigational equipment.

MMCD Helicopter Activity Around the Metro Today

MMCD HelicopterAircraft aren’t the only things flying this time of year – mosquitos are back! When the mosquitos come out, so do the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District (MMCD) helicopters. Residents around the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and around the metro may notice helicopter activity today as the MMCD conducts their annual treatments to control larval mosquito populations.

Sound is still Down in 2021

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) owns and operates a permanent system of 39 sound monitoring sites around Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). Aircraft and community sounds are collected, with a goal to capture as much aircraft sound as possible from aircraft flying to and from MSP. 

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