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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.

First Amendment to Noise Mitigation Agreement is Approved

A modified Residential Noise Mitigation Program will be implemented for homes surrounding Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). The first amendment to the legal agreement (Consent Decree) between the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) and the cities of Richfield, Minneapolis, and Eagan that defines the MAC's Residential Noise Mitigation Program was approved by the Fourth Judicial District Court and is effective until December 31, 2024.

Quieter Airplane Use is Increasing at MSP

Noisy airplanes are operating less frequently while quieter airplanes are operating more frequently at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), according to a recent analysis conducted by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Noise Program Office.  Most notably, during October 2012 through September 2013 there were 93 percent fewer flights in older hushkitted jets as compared to the previous 12 months. Hushkitted jets are generally the loudest types of aircraft that arrive and depart at MSP.

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. 

MAC Leads Environment Clean-up

On Saturday, 10 August, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Green Team helped to keep Fort Snelling State Park beautiful by fanning out over the park and picking up trash.  For two hours, about 30 MAC employees, including members of the MAC Noise Program Office, and their families collected a variety of items including cans and bottles, plastic wrappers, old flip-flops and steel pipes that were then disposed of properly.  While collecting trash, several Green Team members enjoyed seeing deer, bald eagles and wild turkeys in their natural habitat.  "Helping to maintain the environment

Analysis of MSP Departure Trend Continues

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Noise Program office continues to analyze activity for aircraft departing to the northwest and west of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

Over the past three months, community members, through several channels, have expressed concern about a perceived increase in activity over their homes, as well as lower aircraft altitudes from departures off Runways 30L and 30R.  

MAC, Cities Agree on Process for Next Steps in Noise Mitigation Program

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) and the Cities of Minneapolis, Eagan and Richfield - parties to a legal agreement that established the foundation of the MAC's current noise mitigation program - have agreed to a proposed amendment to the agreement they believe will provide a path forward for continued mitigation of homes impacted by aircraft noise from operations at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).