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Summer 2020 MSP Listening Session

The public is invited to join the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) via Skype, on July 22, 2020 at 6:00 PM for the MSP Summer Listening Session. 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 noise topics. The agenda for the October meeting is included below.

Aircraft Activity Returning to Runway 17

Intermittent maintenance activity on MSP’s parallel runways (Runways 12L/30R and 12R/30L) may require the use of Runway 17 for departing aircraft during peak departure periods beginning today, Thursday July 2. This activity may seem unusual for communities south of Runway 17, as the number of aircraft using this runway has been minimal since April this year. 

As aircraft activity begins to rebound and periods of normal runway maintenance occur throughout the summer, Runway 17 will continue to be utilized as needed to maintain safe and efficient activity at MSP. 

Strong Winds Monday Result in Unusual Runway Use

Unusual runway operations may occur today, Monday June 8th at MSP due to strong southern winds. These wind conditions may restrict the FAA Air Traffic Control’s ability to use MSP’s parallel runways (Runways 12L/30R and 12R/30L).

Air Traffic Controllers will assign runways that provide the greatest amount of headwind for takeoffs and landings. With strong winds from the south, arriving and departing aircraft are expected to be routed to Runway 17.  You may notice non-typical flight patterns in your community while the parallel-runways are not in use.

Gypsy Moth Treatment Brings Low Flying Plane to Lake Nokomis Area

If you live near Lake Nokomis in the Wenonah or Keewaydin Neighborhoods, you might have noticed a low flying plane early the morning of Wednesday, May 20th. This flight was part of a mitigation effort sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to eradicate a reproducing gypsy moth population. A high number of moths were found in this area in 2019 as part of the state monitoring program.

Sound is Down in April

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) owns and operates a permanent system of 39 sound monitoring 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.

Why are planes still flying?

Many day to day activities, including airplane activity, have changed abruptly over the last few weeks, leaving some wondering why planes are continuing to fly despite current events. When Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19, he stipulated that transportation activities, like aviation, are approved and allowable to continue.  

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