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MSP Noise Oversight Committee Meeting September 16, 2015

The MSP Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) is an advisory board to the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), and is comprised of industry and community representatives who address aircraft noise issues related to activity at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). The group meets bi-monthly on the third Wednesday of odd-numbered months.

FAA Suspends Runway 35 Arrivals at MSP

On Friday, July 24, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) suspended certain operations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) - specifically, aircraft arriving on Runway 35 (over Apple Valley, Burnsville and Bloomington) when aircraft are also departing to the northwest and west (over Minneapolis and Richfield) off Runway 30L. This operation does not comply with the FAA’s converging runway requirement.

Seasonal Airfield Construction and Maintenance at MSP

The airfield at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is one of the busiest in the United States. Maintaining airfield features (i.e. runways, taxiways, aircraft parking surfaces, etc.) requires coordination of regularly-scheduled construction and/or maintenance tasks that involve pavement, painting, electrical work, signage, navigational aids, and area protection barriers.

MAC’s Advice for Neighbors with Television Signal Interference

While the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) is not an organization responsible for television broadcast signals, the MAC often receives phone calls or inquiries from members of the community who are experiencing interference with their television signal reception when aircraft fly overhead.  The interference is called picture flutter.

Area Navigation Arrival Procedures at MSP Unveiled

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be publishing new arrival procedures for most runways at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) in March 2015 that leverage Performance-based Navigation/Area Navigation (RNAV) technology. A generic depiction of RNAV is provided for reference.

The routes that arriving aircraft will follow on the final approach to MSP while using these new procedures will remain unchanged.

Air Traffic Insights into Runway Use at MSP

Ever wonder what factors most influence which runways are used for aircraft departing from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)?  On Monday, February 2, 2015, Elaine Buckner, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control (ATC) Manager at MSP, gave a presentation to the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Planning, Development and Environment (PD&E) committee on just that topic. Ms. Buckner's presentation included a discussion of the following:

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