Some Residents Will See Dramatic Increase in Flights Overhead.
New FAA plan running into local opposition.
A new set of navigational technologies proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration could dramatically increase the numbers of airplanes flying over certain houses in Southwest Minneapolis. The planned introduction of those technologies has run into opposition from area residents, members of the Minneapolis City Council, and members of Minnesota's delegation to the state legislature.
Maps provided by the MSP airport Noise Oversight Committee, posted above, show the FAA predicts that traffic will dramatically increase over narrow swaths of Southwest Minneapolis. According to maps in a 2011 noise survey conducted by MAC, posted above, this traffic is currently distributed much more widely over Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs.
According to Patch's analysis of the MAC maps, Windom, Kenny, and Armatage residents currently see 110 planes fly overhead every day into Runways 30L and 30R. Under the new plan, residents on certain blocks would see 135 per day, concentrated in a narrow corridor. Southern Tangletown, Lynnhurst, Fulton, and Linden Hills would see only about 4 plane per day, down from around 53. Some Kingfield and East Harriet would see an increase from 26 planes per day to around 110.
The current noise contures are not expected to change significantly, according to projections, posted above.
MAC spokesperson Patrick Hogan told Patch on Thursday that those statistics are based on current air traffic volumes.
MAC will vote next week on whether to endorse the technology changes sought by the FAA, MPR reports . If it does not endorse the changes by the end of November, it reports, the FAA will have to delay implementing the changes for at least a year.