Perfect Compliance in July for Runway 17 Departures at MSP


In July 2013, Runway 17 departures at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) achieved 100 percent compliance with an established noise abatement procedure flown by air carriers with westbound destinations. This procedure is designed to reduce aircraft noise disturbances for Bloomington, Burnsville and Eagan residents living under the departure paths of planes taking off from Runway 17 and flying toward the southwest. 

Runway 17-35 became operational in October 2005 and compliance with the procedure is evaluated monthly. Typical compliance with the noise abatement procedure often exceeds 98 percent, but 100 percent compliance was achieved in March 2010 and July 2013. 

The procedure is flown via Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control direction to pilots. Pilots are instructed upon takeoff to fly straight on runway heading (170 degrees) then turn west once the aircraft reaches a point 2.5 nautical miles from the end of the runway. 

The MSP Monthly Operations are available on the MAC Noise Program Office website here: MSP Monthly Operations