Another treatment to reduce the gypsy moth population will take place as early as 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2020 in the Lake Nokomis area of Minneapolis (Highway 62 and Highway 77). This treatment involves low flying aircraft, similar to the flight that occurred early in the morning last Wednesday, May 20.
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.
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.
Our office has changed a bit over the last year and we wanted to take this opportunity to share more about our team!
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.
Based on recently announced recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health for implementing community mitigation measures to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the MAC has decided to postpone the March 18 MSP Noise Oversight Committee meeting. The meeting will be rescheduled - and details will be posted on the macnoise.com website - when a new date has been set.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (MSP) Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) met on January 29, 2020 and discussed information about future airspace navigation (see below), airline policies and procedures, the MSP Annual Fleet Mix and Nighttime Operations Report and were briefed on the Winter Listening Session.
FAA VOR Minimum Operational Network
The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) FlightTracker just got better! You may have noticed that reviewing flight details using the FlightTracker "Real-time" display feature included a 10-minute delay. We are excited to announce that the Real-time delay has been reduced from 10 minutes to just 1 minute.