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Introducing New Weekly MAC Facts

This year, we are excited to provide weekly information we are calling MAC Facts. Every week the Community Relations Office will post interesting facts about the Metropolitan Airports Commission, our system of airports or aviation in general. These MAC Facts will be posted on our news page at Periodically, MAC Facts will be summarized into a news article and distributed via email. We hope you enjoy this information and we look forward to what we will learn together this year!

Winter 2021 MSP Listening Session

Join us this week for the MSP Winter Listening Session. The session will be held via Teams on January 27, 2021 at 6:00 PM. The Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) sponsors these quarterly meetings for citizens to allow for an engaging, two-way dialogue between the public and the MAC committee tasked with addressing MSP airport topics. The agenda for the meeting is included below.

FAA Flight Check at Crystal Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be operating a Flight Check tomorrow morning, Tuesday January 5, 2021 at the Crystal Airport. FAA periodically conducts this type of flight to verify navigational equipment on the airfield are within necessary parameters. For this flight, the aircraft will be testing equipment at the Crystal Airport. To conduct these tests, flight check aircraft fly unique approaches to, and departures from airports to test the various navigational equipment.

Holiday Traffic Resulting in Increased Use of Runway 17

Neighbors south of Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport (MSP) may have noticed aircraft departing off Runway 17 Thursday and Friday this week - an unfamiliar sight since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the remaining December holidays approaching, MSP is experiencing an increase in flights, with numbers closer to pre-COVID-19 levels.

Sound is Down in 2020

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) owns and operates a permanent system of 39 sound measurement 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 airplanes flying to and from MSP. The levels from these measurement sites show the Minneapolis-St. Paul area had a quiet spring and summer.