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."Read more
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.Read more
This is a supplement to the official SMAAC comments regarding the MSP Capital Improvements Program, 2015-2021Read more
The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) staff said last January that the NTSB warning about aborted landings (1 Jul 2012) "did not apply to MSP."Read more
Is MSP way too busy at times?
The South Metro Airport Action Council (SMAAC) has been asking this question since September 2010. That month two jets almost collided in mid-air just after taking off on MSP’s parallel runways at about the same time. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was culpable.Read more
SMAAC First Comment on the MSP 2015-2021 Captial Improvements Plan and
Annual Assessment of Environmental Impacts
The South Metro Airport Action Council (SMAAC) has opened a "Citizens’ log" on for residents encountering unusual annoyances from overflights.
Use Remarks for your reports.
SMAAC, the citizen-based group monitoring issues at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) wants your reports as a check on flight activities compared to schedules and FAA transitions from VFR to automated procedures.
The Planning, Development and Environment (PDE) Committee of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) will consider an MSP site and capacity re-evaluation, or Part 161 Plan, at its July 7, 2014 meeting.