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.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (MSP) Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) met on May 20, 2020 and discussed the City of Eagan procedure requests (see below), the 2019 MSP Actual Noise Contour Report and were provided an updated on the status of the environmental review for Converging Runway Operations (CRO) by the FAA.
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.
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.
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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.