MAC Committee To Consider MSP Site and Capacity Re-evaluation

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.

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  • Forum Manager
    commented 2014-07-17 17:39:51 -0500
    We never thought that there would be staff support for approaching FAA locally or nationally. We did expect that Commissioners representing areas around MSP might

    Quite a lot of follow up will be needed. That’s why we asked for an appearance in advance of thew capital programs and environmental reviews.
  • Forum Manager
    commented 2014-07-17 13:20:37 -0500
    Yes. The SMAAC Board will be publishing a detailed report soon. The Committee members were very gracious, and there was a give-and take discussion. Unfortunately, no media coverage. The runway use rates topic was the 3rd of 3 discussion items on the Agenda.
    The topic just before was about terminal restrooms. In my intro, I pointed out that the MAC understood that restrooms for arrival areas needed to serve the number of people arriving at the busiest hour, not the average hour — the airfield is sized for the peak hours at a high cost per flight because of the high arrival and departure peaks.
  • Amanda Brooks
    commented 2014-07-17 11:29:26 -0500
    Would anyone be able to comment as to the outcome of the meeting?
  • Forum Manager
    commented 2014-07-04 17:18:32 -0500
    The MAC Staff “briefing” of the PDE Committee was a curiously odd Memo reflecting more what the airlines would like airport managers to believe than the literal provisions of the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990. SMAAC wrote a follow-up letter and spoke at the at the 18 August meeting

    AS we asked, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) directed staff to 1. Plan an off-site accessible site or sites for evening hearings on the 2015 to 2022 capital improvements program 2015 budget) and the 2015 environmental review. 2. Review theFAA’s Safety Risk Management plan for MSP and underlying assumptions for excessive costs for

    passenger capacity needed and <620,000 operations per year. 3. Review the health studies analysis by the Federal Inter-Agency Committee on Airport Noise, FAA’s new noise-exposure mapping tools, and the results of FAA’s consideration of other “metrics” for overflight noise impacts Note: New 2014 studies around LAX implicate overflights in small particulate air pollution. SMAAC WILL ANNOUNCE THE HEARINGS ASAP. NEIGHBORHOODS BEING OVERFLOWN SHOULD GATHER IN SUPPORT OF OUR TESTIMONY EVALUATING THE TWO STAFF REVIEW