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Winter Storm Contributing to Unusual Air Traffic Patterns

Strong northeasterly winds associated with a winter storm today are contributing to unusual air traffic patterns and runway use at at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Early this morning, aircraft inbound to MSP were directed by Air Traffic Controllers to begin using Runway 35 for arrivals and Runway 4 for departures. Typically aircraft will arrive and depart MSP using the parallel runways, but today's blustery wind from the northeast requires different runways be used. 

2017 Year-End Highlights

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) continues to work toward solutions and track trends that help reduce aircraft noise for residents around Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). While aircraft noise continues to be a concern for neighbors, below are some highlights to share from 2017. 

Winter MSP Listening Session held at Mount Olivet

Members of the public interested in the topic of aircraft noise as it relates to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) are invited to the Winter Listening Session hosted by Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) staff and MSP Noise Oversight Committee members. The meeting will be held at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419, on January 30, 2018 at 7:00 PM. The agenda for the January meeting includes an update on recent NOC meetings, Super Bowl planning, and an open dialogue about airport topics raised by attendees.

Upcoming Open House for MAC District C

MAC Commissioner for District C, Katie Clark Sieben, is hosting an Open House at the Bloomington City Council Chambers for members of the public interested in learning about aircraft noise. Staff from the MAC will provide an update on the airport, aircraft noise trends, as well as the MAC’s plans and initiatives. This is a great opportunity for residents to ask questions, share feedback and concerns. The program will begin with opening remarks at 7:00 PM, followed by a presentation at 7:15 PM, and close with audience questions at 8:00 PM.

Ask the Expert: Wind and Runway Use

Wind conditions have a major influence on where airplanes fly, how airport runways are used and even how airports are designed. The direction of the wind will ultimately dictate how often certain runways are used and which neighborhoods will experience overflights. Wind is often the main topic of discussion when we engage with residents. 

St. Louis Park Open House Scheduled

The City of St. Louis Park has invited staff from the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) to provide an update on airport operations and noise at a city-hosted meeting Tuesday, October 24, at 7:00 PM at The Rec Center Banquet Room, 3700 Monterey Drive, St. Louis Park. Residents will have the opportunity to share feedback and concerns about aircraft noise and hear more about MAC plans and initiatives. The program begins at 7:00 PM with opening remarks, followed by a presentation at 7:15 PM, then audience questions at 8:00 PM.

Fall Listening Session

The public is invited to join the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) at the MAC General Offices, on October 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM for the NOC Fall Listening Session. 

The Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) sponsors quarterly meetings for citizens to allow for an engaging, two-way dialogue between the public and the MAC committee tasked with addressing MSP aviation noise topics.

New Website Help Video Released

The MAC Noise Office places a high priority on effective communications and transparency. That is why it recently released a new help video for its Interactive Reports website ( MAC staff created this video to help viewers better understand the data and navigate the website. This short tutorial provides a demonstration of basic website organization and functionality.