FAA Creates MSP Information Webpage

A new resource is available to learn more about minor adjustments to aircraft arrival routes that will take place in January 2017 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has a new webpage that houses a video, fact sheets and environmental documentation explaining the tweaks it’s making for some arrivals.

The FAA’s NextGen Office, with help from MSP officials and the MSP Noise Oversight Committee, created these tools in response to requests from communities near MSP to facilitate a better understanding of how changes to flight procedures will affect them. This effort is the first of its kind by the FAA and is a good example of effective collaboration between local communities, the airport and the FAA. Until now, the FAA reserved this level of communication to airports undergoing more significant changes in flight procedures.

The webpage can be viewed  at www.faa.gov/nextgen/nextgen_near_you/community_involvement/msp/.

According to the FAA’s fact sheet, most of the adjustments are being made to arrival routes many miles away from MSP. However, four adjustments are being made near the airport: three are made to procedures for aircraft flying at altitudes above 8,000 feet, and one is made for aircraft flying at altitudes above 5,000 feet. These adjustments “improve the efficiency of arrival and departure streams, smoothing the flow of traffic for pilots and controllers” the FAA fact sheet states.

The FAA has determined that the new routes will have no significant impact on the surrounding communities.  Despite this finding, the MSP Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) members representing these communities requested the FAA share these changes with the public before they begin using them in January 2017.

If you have any questions about the arrival route adjustments being made by the FAA, please contact the MAC Noise Program Office by visiting macnoise.com/contact-noise-program-office.