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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).

Increase in Departures to the North and West

Based on recent comments from community members about a perceived increase in the number of departures to the northwest off Runway 30L, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Noise Program Office analyzed flight track and weather data comparing March 2013 to March 2012. The results show that the greater number of aircraft operations to the northwest in 2013 is attributed to a greater number of days with winds from the north and/or west, compared to 2012.

Edina Joins the MSP NOC At-Large Community Membership


During its meeting on March 20, 2013, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) approved a change to the committee bylaws in order to include the City of Edina in the At-Large Community membership.

The City of Edina sought membership on the NOC in November 2012 when Edina residents became concerned about whether their input about the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) proposed implementation of Area Navigation (RNAV) departure and arrival procedures at MSP was being considered. 

MAC Proposes Communication Framework to FAA Regarding PBN/RNAV

On February 1, 2013 Jeff Hamiel, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director, sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommending a framework for community outreach associated with future implementation of Performance-Based Navigation (PBN)/Area Navigation (RNAV) procedures at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

MSP Runway 17 RNAV Departure Procedure on Hold

On December 21, 2012 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) suspended use of two Runway 17 Area Navigation (RNAV) Departure Procedures at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) while it works to resolve computer system issues. The MSP Runway 17 Departure procedures were implemented on November 30, 2012 for southwest-bound aircraft only. According to the FAA, these procedures, have proven to be operationally problematic from an air traffic control perspective.