Summer in the Twin Cities is precious and this summer is no exception. Residents who were impacted early in the season by heavy-use of the south flow runway configuration at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) may experience some reprieve while we all enjoy the fresh blast of cool air from the north.
The MSP Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) is an advisory board to the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), and is comprised of industry and community representatives who address aircraft noise issues associated with activity at MSP. The group meets bi-monthly on the third Wednesday of odd-numbered months.
The MAC Noise Offce online flight tracker recently received a complete makeover and was unveiled on Wednesday, June 20.
The Flight Tracker has long been popular with aviation enthusiasts and residents near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) for monitoring flights and noise levels. But the new tool offers enhanced features including a mobile-device friendly interface, the capability to see each flight's real-time speed and altitude, and find a noise level from the MAC sound-monitoring devices located in neighborhoods near the airport.
Summer has arrived in the Twin Cities. At Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) summer means vacations, more travelers and more aircraft takeoffs and landings. Neighbors near the airport may be noticing some of the effects of these changing weather conditions.
Warmer temperatures and humidity cause aircraft to use longer distances to takeoff and, once airborne, climb slower. To find out more, check out our FAQ #2 titled “Can airplanes climb/fly higher to reduce noise?”
Members of the public with an interest in aircraft activity and noise topics related to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) are invited to participate in an upcoming MSP Listening Session. The Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) sponsors quarterly listening sessions for residents as an opportunity for an engaging and interactive dialogue with MAC staff, NOC representatives and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) representatives. Conversation from these sessions are included as discussion items during future NOC meetings.
You are probably aware that the metro area is expecting a storm system to move through the area beginning today through Sunday. This storm will bring heavy wet snow and strong northeasterly winds. Those conditions will contribute to unusual air traffic patterns at area airports and throughout the Twin Cities’ airspace through the weekend.
Out with the old:
The downward trend continues for MD-80 aircraft operating at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Delta Air Lines and American Airlines are two airlines flying MD-80 aircraft with regular service at MSP. Beginning in January 2018, Delta began relocating MD-80 aircraft to their Atlanta, Georgia hub. For March, Delta has zero scheduled MD-80 operations at MSP.
Each year a noise contour analysis is prepared for MSP Airport to assess actual aircraft noise exposure on residential homes around MSP and to determine possible eligibility for future noise mitigation. The 2017 Annual Noise Contour Report reveals an overall decrease in residents within the 60 dB DNL noise contour as compared to both the 2016 actual and 2007 forecast noise exposure contours.