Whereas the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 and its implementing regulation, 14 CFR Part 161, provide for a process to obtain FAA approval of local airport noise and access restrictions; 

Whereas, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s (MSP) small size, urban setting and wind and weather patterns limit safe flight capacity; and

Whereas, the MSP needed capacity, runway design, costs, and compatibility with land use and environmental regulations were determined in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) issued by the Federal Aviation Administration in September 1998.

Now, therefore, the undersigned (including those signing on-line) hereby petition the following entities as set forth below:

The City of Minneapolis and other municipalities around MSP, considering how overflights affect resident health and quality of life, and how developments may be limited or aided by MSP operations, should:

  1. Withdraw from the MSP Noise Oversight Committee unless (a) a new noise analysis that considers health risk studies is completed and (b) the near-favoring, noise-abating departure procedures and gradual approaches  defined in the FEIS and ROD and MSP Noise Compatibility Plans circa 1999 are reinstated.

  2. Enlist Commissioners representing residents and Mayors to reform Commission policies regarding community and state noise and land-use standards so that community-expressed needs for safe, sufficient, and affordable air transportation services are met without obtrusive or unsafe overflights

The State of Minnesota, through executive actions and appointments or legislation, should: 

  1. Assure that air service needs are properly forecast and that the long-term costs of airport capital projects and operations (including fares and fees for local travelers) do not impede or prevent the economic developments included in the need forecast.

  2. Require and oversee public hearings and independent determinations of fact regarding environmental impacts, including noise and air pollution, and the economic need for and effects of capital and operational costs on local (origin and destination) passengers.

 The Federal government, in fulfilling its responsibility for public health and safety, should:

  1. Replace the Integrated Noise Model (INM) and annual-average forecast day-night level (DNL) with a more reliable and predictive standard by September 30, 2014.

  2. Direct the FAA to more frequently exercise its authority to direct flights for noise reduction and related health and safety benefits until more predictive standards are developed.

  3. Make conservative safety adjustments to airspace management plans and airport rules and procedures that are consistent with current air traffic systems and aircraft capabilities and discontinue efforts to operate as often as possible at minimum intervals between flights.

  4. Assure that automated flights and satellite-based surveillance systems are functional, reliable, and fully deployed for airport air traffic control,  and that that aircraft are properly equipped and air crews properly trained and rested prior to a change-over to PBN routes or other flight automation near airports.

  5. Reconsider all US flight routes and schedules to more effectively use existing airport capacity and reduce fuel burn associated with city-hub-city and other multi-leg air travel that increases the distance traveled (compared to more direct routes) or increases airport operations per passenger transported.
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  • Haviland
    signed 2014-02-11 07:32:48 -0600
  • Dean Amundson
    signed 2014-02-11 05:20:45 -0600
    I am also a team member with MSP FairSkies Coalition, another group monitoring MSP International Airport and it’s impact on surrounding communities.

    I would add the to demands; an independent Environment Impact Survey EIS, and that the standard of noise measurement be changed to the internationally accepted 55 db CNEL as the marker for significant impact for areas under the flight tracks.
  • Bill Miller
    signed 2014-02-11 01:38:25 -0600
  • Kris Michel
    signed 2014-02-10 23:30:29 -0600
  • Anonymous
    signed 2014-02-10 23:23:24 -0600
  • Chris Wallraf
    signed 2014-02-10 23:06:07 -0600
  • Anonymous
    signed 2014-02-10 22:59:07 -0600
    The sw property taxes are outrageous if you can’t actually use the property. We can often hear more than one plane at once.
  • Laura Mitchell
    signed 2014-02-10 22:18:32 -0600
  • John Ferman
    signed 2014-02-10 22:13:59 -0600
  • Elizabeth Dolphin
    signed 2014-02-10 22:04:36 -0600
    Quality of life is at stake
  • Anonymous
    signed 2014-02-10 22:02:10 -0600
    I moved and paid a premium for my sw home along with higher taxes etc to avoid an air traffic highway overhead…. And now, that is exactly what is being proposed… Who is going to compensate me and others for our presumable property devaluations if this goes forward??
  • Chris Schermer
    signed 2014-02-10 21:59:37 -0600
  • Jason Bittner
    signed 2014-02-10 21:43:48 -0600
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  • Maggie Bittner
    signed 2014-02-10 21:39:04 -0600
  • skye bingham
    signed 2014-02-10 21:22:00 -0600
  • Richard Vandendolder
    signed 2014-02-10 20:44:36 -0600
    This is posing a health risk as well as liveability concerns to a very large number of people.
  • Erin Mrkonich
    signed 2014-02-10 20:33:56 -0600
    Despite installing new windows a couple years ago, there are now many days where airplane noise is the last thing I hear when I go to bed and the first I hear prior to arising. Low flying planes make it difficult to enjoy the yard in our short summers. Airplane noise was a significant factor in my decision not to buy near Lake Nokomis . . .fifteen years ago . . and never in a million years did I think I would be subject to this level of noise in SW. This issue now surpasses property taxes as my largest concern related to SW Mpls quality of life. I also anticipate a detrimental impact on property values if the noise pollution continues to escalate.
  • Katie Aafedt
    signed 2014-02-10 20:32:45 -0600
  • Anonymous
    signed 2014-02-10 20:21:21 -0600
  • kjff4541
    signed 2014-02-10 20:20:52 -0600
  • Rysdahl
    signed 2014-02-10 20:14:03 -0600
  • Deb Waldin
    signed 2014-02-10 20:04:17 -0600
  • Lonni Skrentner
    signed 2014-02-10 19:58:25 -0600
  • Larissa Stentz
    signed 2014-02-10 19:55:50 -0600
  • Leslie Luoto
    signed 2014-02-10 19:55:33 -0600
  • May Lane
    signed 2014-02-10 19:52:45 -0600
  • Chris Romano
    signed 2014-02-04 20:03:47 -0600
  • adam boyle
    signed 2014-02-04 17:36:55 -0600
  • kathleen Downes
    signed 2014-02-04 14:59:10 -0600