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Seasonal Airfield Construction and Maintenance at MSP

The airfield at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is one of the busiest in the United States. Maintaining airfield features (i.e. runways, taxiways, aircraft parking surfaces, etc.) requires coordination of regularly-scheduled construction and/or maintenance tasks that involve pavement, painting, electrical work, signage, navigational aids, and area protection barriers.

MAC’s Advice for Neighbors with Television Signal Interference

While the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) is not an organization responsible for television broadcast signals, the MAC often receives phone calls or inquiries from members of the community who are experiencing interference with their television signal reception when aircraft fly overhead.  The interference is called picture flutter.

Area Navigation Arrival Procedures at MSP Unveiled

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be publishing new arrival procedures for most runways at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) in March 2015 that leverage Performance-based Navigation/Area Navigation (RNAV) technology. A generic depiction of RNAV is provided for reference.

The routes that arriving aircraft will follow on the final approach to MSP while using these new procedures will remain unchanged.

Air Traffic Insights into Runway Use at MSP

Ever wonder what factors most influence which runways are used for aircraft departing from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)?  On Monday, February 2, 2015, Elaine Buckner, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control (ATC) Manager at MSP, gave a presentation to the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Planning, Development and Environment (PD&E) committee on just that topic. Ms. Buckner's presentation included a discussion of the following:

NOC News: January 2015

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) met on January 21, 2015 and received an update on aircraft activity associated with MSP, and discussed several topics related to aircraft noise, weather, the federal environmental review process for categorical exclusions and more.

The NOC also heard presentations provided by two guest speakers: Mr. Michael Griesinger from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service; and Pat Mosites, MAC Residential Noise Mitigation Program Manager.

Clarity Needed On Legislative Intent of CatEx2 Categorical Exclusion

An October 24, 2014 article published by the Airport Noise Report (Volume 26, Number 35) indicated that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is being urged by legal experts, community representatives, and airport representatives to ask the United States Congress for clarification on the legislative intent of specific provisions for the CatEx2 categorical exclusion pertaining to a "Net Noise Reduction Method" when evaluating environmental effects associated with implementation of measures mandated in the FAA Modernization