MSP Noise Abatement Efforts
The Metropolitan Airports Commission has a long history of working with community stakeholders, airport users, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other government entities to address aircraft noise issues. These efforts date back to before 1970; in the 1990s the MAC's efforts included its extensive residential noise mitigation program and collaborative development and implementation of noise abatement procedures for arrivals and departures at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).
Recently, use of NextGen flight tracking data and upgraded noise monitoring devices have enhanced the MAC's responsiveness and data-sharing. Better data access facilitates proactive community and pilot outreach, aircraft noise abatement efforts for each of the MAC reliever airports, publicly-accessible interactive reports and use of the FlightTracker tool through the internet.
The MAC's ongoing commitment to minimizing aircraft noise impacts at MSP involves dedicated Community Relations Office staff that are responsive to concerns expressed by community members. Charged with collecting and analyzing flight track and aircraft noise data, the Community Relations Office also explores and facilitates the use of available technologies to increase efficiency of aircraft operating procedures and data analysis. To this end, the MAC supports community involvement and serves in a technical-advisory role to the MSP Noise Oversight Committee.
Following is a summary of noise abatement efforts related to MSP:
MSP Noise Oversight Committee (NOC)
The MAC established the MSP Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) to provide a balanced forum for interested parties to consider noise mitigation initiatives in the context of benefit, feasibility and fiscal considerations. The NOC held its first meeting in June 2003.
Runway Use System
A Runway Use System (RUS) is utilized at MSP to prioritize the order in which runways are assigned for arrivals and departures during times of the day when safety and air traffic demand allow some flexibility.
Noise and Operations Monitoring System
The Metropolitan Airports Commission Noise and Operations Monitoring System (MACNOMS) is one of the largest and most elaborate flight track and aircraft noise monitoring systems in the country. This system collects noise data from 39 Remote Monitoring Towers located around MSP and collects flight track data through a multi-sensor surveillance data feed available for the U.S. National Airspace System. The data collected include noise levels, aircraft types, flight tracks and flight information.
Eagan-Mendota Heights Departure Corridor
Noise Abatement Departure Profiles
Straight-out Departures from MSP Runways 30L and 30R
Runway 17 2.5 Nautical Mile Turnpoint Departure Procedure and River Departure Procedure and River Departure Heading
Runway 17 215-Degree Departure Heading
Noise Abatement Departure Profiles
Pilot Education Program and Noise Abatement Sensitivity Training
Voluntary Nighttime Agreements
Engine Run-up Field Rule
West Cargo Ramp Hushkitted Aircraft Engine Start Procedure
MSP Noise E-News
For years, the MAC Community Relations Office published and distributed printed newsletters. In 2015, Noise E-news began being published and distributed electronically. Anyone can receive Noise E-news, just click here to subscribe: Stay Informed.
This website facilitates dissemination of information pertaining to aircraft noise and operations, and includes:
- Query options for aircraft operations data and aircraft noise levels
- Mapping tools to help determine eligibility for the Residential Noise Mitigation Program
- Access to monthly operations and noise reports
- Display of arrival or departure flight tracks
- Meeting dates for the MSP Noise Oversight Committee and other MAC scheduled meetings
- Option for registering a noise complaint on-line