FAA Decision on RNAV Use at MSP and MAC Response

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) received a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on February 19, 2014 indicating that the FAA will not implement Area Navigation (RNAV) departure routes at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) at this time.

Following receipt of the letter, the MAC unanimously approved a MSP Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) resolution to support the FAA's actions related to RNAV at MSP.  The endorsement occurred as part of the regular meeting of the MAC Full Commission that was held on March 17, 2014.

NOC Resolution #01-2014 was formalized during a special NOC meeting held on March 6, 2014. At that time NOC members recommended approval of RNAV Standard Terminal Arrival Route (STAR) implementation at MSP, which will provide Optimized Profile Descent (OPD) procedures.  The resolution specifies that further consideration of RNAV departure procedures must be structured in a way that incorporates community outreach efforts, as was communicated to the FAA by the MAC's Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer Jeff Hamiel in February 2013.

A copy of the NOC's resolution is viewable here: NOC Resolution #01-2014