MSP Noise Oversight Committee Leadership, CRO, and More

The MSP Noise Oversight Committee met this week on July 17, 2019 and re-elected Co-Chairs Dianne Miller and Jeff Hart to continue serving as its top leadership. Members also discussed a full agenda of topics that included action pertaining to Converging Runway Operations (CRO) at MSP, presentations about the results of an analysis concerning departure activity from MSP Runway 17 and a sound monitoring study within the City of Eagan, and a briefing about the MSP Long-term Plan stakeholder engagement session that was held in June 2019. A summary of these topics is provided below, and the meeting details, agenda, and presentations may be found here:

Converging Runway Operations at MSP

Rebecca MacPherson, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Regional Administrator for the Great Lakes Region, spoke during the NOC meeting on May 15, 2019 and shared an update about the Converging Runway Operations at MSP; she also expressed the FAA's commitment to conduct an environmental evaluation of the effects of CRO on the communities surrounding MSP. During that meeting NOC members requested a written summary of her remarks.

The summation was shared with NOC members during the July 17, 2019 meeting and is available here: FAA Summation of CRO at MSP.  Also during the July meeting, NOC members agreed to send a letter to FAA that reinforces the NOC's expectation that the FAA will consider all elements of NOC Resolution#02-2016 during the environmental analyses. View the letter and resolution here: NOC Letter to FAA Regarding CRO.

MSP Runway 17 Departure Operations

In its 2019 Work Plan, the NOC requested that the MAC conduct an analysis about MSP Runway 17 departure activity in response to citizen request during several MSP Listening Sessions held in 2017 and 2018. The scope of that analysis was developed in collaboration with citizens who participated in the MSP Listening Session discussions, and considered Runway 17 departure activity that occurred beginning in 2005, when the runway was put into service, through 2018. The full report may be found here: MSP Runway 17 Departure Operations Report

Eagan Sound Monitoring

The Eagan Airport Relations Committee (ARC) requested a sound monitoring study be conducted to evaluate the quality of aircraft noise events currently being collected at two of the MAC's permanent noise monitoring locations in the City of Eagan. As such, the MAC established two temporary data collection sites and analyzed how those data compared to the permanent sites. The full report may be found here:  Eagan Mobile Noise Monitoring Report

For information about mobile noise monitoring requests, click here: Mobile Noise Monitoring

MSP Long-term Plan

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) kicked-off its long-term planning process for MSP in 2019. Members of the public are invited to participate in the process and may stay updated through a series of meetings and newsletters. More information about the process and public engagement may be found here: MSP Long-term Plan

NOC Meetings

Interested members of the public always are welcome to attend NOC meetings. Anyone may provide public comments in writing, or verbally in-person during the beginning of each meeting. The next NOC meeting is scheduled for September 18, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Please check the our website calendar for meeting location details prior to the meeting: Community Relations Calendar

MSP Listening Sessions

MSP Listening Sessions are held quarterly for anyone interested learning information related to MSP, including aircraft activity, noise, and the MSP Noise Oversight Committee. The next meeting is being held on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 7 p.m. Find details about meeting location details on our website calendar here: Community Relations Calendar