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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  • Scott Travis
    signed 2014-02-03 19:33:01 -0600
  • Luke Stultz
    signed 2014-02-03 17:39:20 -0600
  • Kyle Appel
    signed 2014-02-03 11:02:42 -0600
  • martha dunn
    signed 2014-02-03 10:44:38 -0600
  • g mosimann
    signed 2014-02-03 10:09:33 -0600
  • Margaret Daggs
    signed 2014-02-03 08:31:08 -0600
  • Scott Josephson
    signed 2014-02-03 08:21:55 -0600
  • Mike Titus
    signed 2014-02-03 00:48:23 -0600
    There was 0 airplane noise at this household one year ago. Now it’s every day, usually starting at 6 AM. Something changed without my vote.

    So I decided to watch these planes, most take off into the West and then turn directly North over our neighborhood for 15 miles or so as they go over downtown, then turn either east or west to their destination.

    Since there is no destination North of Minneapolis, it must be a political decision for these planes to go out of their way to fly over my house. This is not only a tremendous waste of gas and an increase in the carbon footprint of this airport, it’s a violation of common sense and the right of fair play.

    I purchased this house knowing full well that it resides 2 miles North of the airport and should have very little plane traffic since the North Pole is not a popular destination, and the cost of my home reflected this advantage.

    And although I’m not the air police, doesn’t it violate some safety regulation to divert flights from the airport and send them directly over downtown Minneapolis? I would imagine cities like NY and Chicago wouldn’t even consider such nonsense, even before 911.

    So if the airport continues to divert planes over my house I will ask the airport commission at the very least to reimburse us for reducing our home values by 20%. And if they don’t have the funds, they could ask for help from the small interest group to their West that convinced them to make said change.

    Thank You!
  • Shireen Stone
    signed 2014-02-02 19:52:27 -0600
  • Yvonne Shafer
    signed 2014-02-02 16:29:38 -0600
  • Cary Johnston
    signed 2014-02-02 14:53:04 -0600
  • Vanessa Stephens Coldwater
    signed 2014-02-02 11:05:48 -0600
  • Jere Blanchfield
    signed 2014-02-01 12:03:04 -0600
  • R. Harris
    signed 2014-01-31 11:44:31 -0600
    Good job boiling the issues down for government actions!
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  • Alexis Daniel
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    Sign the petition: If the sharp increase in airport noise is a concern to you
  • Christine Coughlin
    signed 2014-01-30 08:36:53 -0600
  • Lisa Leonard
    signed 2014-01-29 21:46:25 -0600
  • Mitch Vars
    signed 2014-01-29 17:28:31 -0600
  • Robert Friedman
    signed 2014-01-29 16:40:56 -0600
  • Amy Maloney
    signed 2014-01-29 16:32:03 -0600
  • Lucinda Nelson
    signed 2014-01-29 16:30:41 -0600
  • Hattie Saloka
    signed 2014-01-29 15:52:36 -0600
  • Lynnea Forness
    signed 2014-01-29 15:38:23 -0600
  • James Coughlin
    signed 2014-01-29 15:37:05 -0600
    If something does not change, I plan to sell my home and move elsewhere.
  • Jessica Lane
    signed 2014-01-29 14:44:52 -0600
  • Dale Mueller
    signed 2014-01-29 14:32:53 -0600
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