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.
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.Read more
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