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.
SMAAC wrote the MAC and the PDE Committee: “We want to brief the Commission, giving our reasons for recommending a review of MSP safe capacity considering site limitations. The Federal Part 161 procedure allows restrictions on flight schedules and routes to limit environmental and economic impacts and facilities costs.”
The MAC as “airport sponsor” can ask the FAA for a Part 161 process, which also serves as an Environ- mental Assessment (EA). A public hearing is held to hear testimony and determine the facts, much the same as the CIP and AOEE hearings. The only difference: FAA considers overflight restrictions.
We strongly support overflight restrictions. Peak-hour operations since 2011 steeply increased noise com- plaints; The NTSB warned in 2012 that many MSP operations were inherently unsafe. The FICAN health impacts of overflights analysis found that 65 DNL did not reliably predict observed harmful impacts from overflights.
SMAAC also said that current MSP peak-hour operations are inconsistent with the 1998 FEIS/ROD and Part 150 Noise Compatibility Plan because operational capacity exceeding the evaluated capacity has been built without an EIS amendment or review, the fleet-mix and routes have changed and the Noise-Abating Departure Procedures (NADP) are no longer used.
The PDE Committee meets at 10:30 AM in the Commission Room at the Lindbergh Terminal. Access through security requires a pass, obtained with picture ID at the Information kiosk on the lower level between parking and the departure level. PO Box 19036, Minneapolis, MN 55419-0036.