On May 7, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it would begin evaluating its methods for measuring aircraft noise. For decades federal regulations prescribed a process under 14 CFR Part 150 for calculating aircraft noise impacts using the Day-Night Average Sound Level (DNL) metric.
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.
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.
The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) established the MSP Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) to bring together industry and community representatives to address aircraft noise issues at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). The group meets bi-monthly on the third Wednesday of odd-numbered months.
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.
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:
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) met on January 21, 2015 and received an update on aircraft activity associated with MSP, and discussed several topics related to aircraft noise, weather, the federal environmental review process for categorical exclusions and more.
The NOC also heard presentations provided by two guest speakers: Mr. Michael Griesinger from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service; and Pat Mosites, MAC Residential Noise Mitigation Program Manager.