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SMAAC Finds Problems with MSP Noise Mitigation Plan Update

Questions by the South Metro Airport Action Council (SMAAC), the oldest citizen's organization around Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) airport, at public hearings last Fall were not well received or were not fully answered by the Metro Airports Commission (MAC) Staff. MAC's written reply stated that a Part 150 Plan revision has yet to be considered by the Planning and Environment Committee and will not be finalized until April 2003 at the earliest.

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Looking at the Northwest Mechanics‚ Strike the Politically Incorrect Way: What about Safety?

It seems to me, as well as to other observers, that FAA here, in Detroit, and at Memphis shouldn’t just be running around monitoring the work quality of fill-in or scab aircraft mechanics. Instead, FAA and airport managers should be slowing the pace of flight operations, including reducing flight schedules. There was a reason so many mechanics are needed: larger and larger hubs. NWA airliners congregate at their hubs, and all need to be serviced quickly. If this is done with fewer mechanics, there should be fewer flights for the same level of airport safety.

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