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MSP Noise Oversight Committee Meeting - Special Meeting

Per the MSP Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) bylaws, the NOC Co-chairs have called a special meeting to discuss the Federal Aviation Administration's determination on the implementation of Area Navigation (RNAV) procedures at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

The meeting will be held at 2:30pm on Thursday, 6 March 2014, at the Metropolitan Airports Commission's General Offices building at 6040 28th Avenue South, Minneapolis.

MAC Receives FAA Decision Regarding RNAV Use at MSP

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) received a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) indicating that the FAA will not implement Area Navigation (RNAV) departure routes at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) at this time.

RNAV technology enables aircraft to consistently fly specific, predictable, predetermined routes, enhancing safety and efficiency while reducing fuel burn and emissions. Use of RNAV technology is a key part of the federal NextGen program for addressing congestion and improving safety and efficiency in the national airspace.

MSP Activity Grew in 2013

Aircraft activity and passenger counts at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport both rose in 2013 compared to 2012.

The Federal Aviation Administration reported 431,573 aircraft took off or landed at MSP in 2013, which is approximately 1.6% more operations than occurred in 2012. The MAC reports that there were about 33.9 million passengers that traveled on those aircraft, up approximately 2.2% from 33.2 million in 2012.

MSP Noise Oversight Committee Meeting on January 15

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) met at 1:30pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Metropolitan Airports Commission General Offices Building.  Agenda items for this meeting included: Review of Operations Summary Report; 2014 Capital Improvement Program Projects; Air Traffic Control at MSP; Report of Review of Runway 12L Departure Turns before Runway End; and MAC Website Video Library.

Examining Runway Use at MSP

Selecting which runway to use for aircraft takeoffs and landings at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is a complex task. Decisions about runway use at MSP are made carefully by the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) on a continuous basis, and take into consideration numerous factors, including: safety, wind direction and wind speed (on the surface and aloft), air traffic congestion, aircraft weight, the number of inbound and scheduled outbound aircraft, and noise abatement.

Advancements in Flight Tracking are Live

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) recently upgraded its flight tracking data collection system to obtain a more advanced and accurate stream of aircraft activity data. This advancement and new source of data are considered a "Next Generation" flight track data collection system, which uses enhanced technology to collect and process flight data. It facilitates a higher level of accuracy, quicker data update rates, more expansive coverage area and superb reliability when compared to traditional flight tracking systems.