MAC Proposes Communication Framework to FAA Regarding PBN/RNAV

On February 1, 2013 Jeff Hamiel, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director, sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommending a framework for community outreach associated with future implementation of Performance-Based Navigation (PBN)/Area Navigation (RNAV) procedures at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

The recommendations provided to the FAA specifically addressed timing, local FAA leadership, holistic public outreach, early coordination with local leaders, and resource allocation.

The letter was provided as a follow-up measure to a January 2013 meeting held between Hamiel and the FAA's Director of Airspace Service, Dennis Roberts, at which the discussion focused on lessons learned from the MSP PBN/RNAV procedure implementation public outreach process. In November 2012, the MAC voted to support "partial implementation" of the new procedures being proposed by the FAA for MSP arrivals and departures. The proposed PBN/RNAV departure procedures for Runways 30L and 30R were not supported by the MAC due to concerns expressed by the Cities of Edina and Minneapolis.

Please click here to view a copy of the MAC's letter to the FAA.