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Strong Winds Monday Result in Unusual Runway Use

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.

Gypsy Moth Treatment Brings Low Flying Plane to Lake Nokomis Area

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.

Sound is Down in April

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.

Why are planes still flying?

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.  

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