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Changing MSP Operations

Too many people seem to think the Federal Aviation Admistration (FAA) and the airlines are in charge of MSP, but they still complain about oveflight noise to the Meropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) or the Noise Oversight Committee (NOC). Complaining about noise is OK, but a small step that so far has never reduced neighborhood noise a decibel.  Is the noise hotline also the air pollution hot line? Is it the place where printers or sound studios or electonic manufacturers complain about low flights (vibrations) spoiling a document, a recording or a batch of tiny microchips?

Has the City of Minneapolis complained at NOC about overflights interfering with the City's Wide-Area Wi-Fi system? Have viewers or advertisers called the hotline about flights 'pixilating' broadcast digital TV?  Just asking.

Why isn't there an overflight hot line?  There is a security hot line and an emergency hotline.  And a number to call if you are treated poorly by a MAC employee (well, maybe not that).

 

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SMAAC on the Chicago Airspace Plan Hearings

The Park Ridge IL citizens' group CAPP and the Chicago Tribune columnist and reporter Jon Hilkevitch asked SMAAC to comment following a news story last week.  The City of Chicago operates O'Hare; the Chicago Airspace Plan is enlarging the O'Hare footprint, adding gates and terminal space. and  removing two parallel runways, replacing them with two new parallel runways with the same headings but further from other runways. CAPP asked the NTSB if the runway re-locations solved the converging runway use problem the NTSB  warned about in 2013.  

FAA is holding hearings on the neighborhood impacts of the proposed multi-billion dollar hub expansion. With the White House pushing for lower greenhouse gas emissions, FAA will also get comments on air pollution and safety.

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SMAAC Updates FAA Administrator

An Update on Airport Safety and Noise

 

A Nationwide Problem. The ongoing airport noise and pollution issue is now centered on FAA flight route and runway use changes. 

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Regarding the MSP 2015 Assessment of Environmental Effects

This is a copy of official comments made from SMAAC to Metropolitan Airports Commission regarding the MSP 2015 AOEE

SMAAC last petitioned the Commission to review MSP safety and site limitations October 29, 2014.  Various changes in flight routes increased noise and pollution near MSP. The changes were initially made by FAA to “reduce air crossings” shortly after the near-mid-air collision in September 2010.  However, further changes — departure runway changes, instrumented routes, and more, rather than less, flights scheduled at or very near absolute minimum intervals — increased over-flight noise exposure and concentrated emissions of pollutants.

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Interim Report on MSP Plans for 2015-2021

SMAAC presented its position: operational changes that increase noise and pollution must be reviewed and alternatives evaluated that provide sufficient safe capacity and reduce noise and pollution.  The presentation reiterated SMAAC's comments on the NTSB warnings about safety and the World Health Organization warnings about the inadequacy of modeling projected operations as a predictor of future health and environmental impacts.

The draft AOEE is absent any reference to operational alternatives, legal capacity, or planned deployment dates for Next Gen and PBN/RNAV.   The presentation and all comments received in writing, the Chair said,  ".. will be reviewed by staff and the staff recommendations considered for adopting the 2014 Assessment of Environmental Impacts at the December Commission meeting."

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Regarding the MSP Capital Improvements Program

SMAAC asked the Commission to review MSP safety and site limitations earlier this year, particularly (FAA) safety risk management  status. Since 2011, hourly use of MSP at peak hours has been modified several times by the MSP FAA Air Traffic Control Tower, supposedly for safety, resulting in increased MSP capital and operating costs.

These changes undoubtedly increased noise and pollution near MSP.

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Supplementary Notes on MSP Safe Capacity and Public Health

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PRESS RELEASE: MSP officials refuse to consider safety risks in 2015 budget hearings

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) staff said last January that the NTSB warning about aborted landings (1 Jul 2012) "did not apply to MSP."

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