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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.

jamgra November 16, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Thank you for this excellent summary and analysis. The actual comparisons of the pre-PBN and post-PBN flight numbers if very helpful!
Steve Klingaman November 16, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Concerned residents are urged to call Senators Klobuchar and Franken and their House representative before November 19th to ask them to call a meeting with a senior FAA planner in Washington to request more time for the community to react and gather information.
James Sanna (Editor) November 16, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Just to be extra-clear, those are all departure numbers - I couldn't track down arrival numbers. The MAC spokesperson I spoke to, though, said that the PBN and RNAV technologies would let planes descend smoother and faster, so in theory they will spend a shorter span of time close to the ground.
jamgra November 16, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Yes, Steve, people should contact their reps and tell them we need more time to gather information and assess whether this will impose unfair burdens on certain communities. It only takes a couple of seconds to call, it's really easy, and it does make a difference! Office of Congressman Keith Ellison 612-522-1212 Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar 612-727-5220 Senator Al Franken 651-221-1016 MAC 612-726-8100
Glen Sando November 20, 2012 at 09:15 PM
My wife and I have been pleased with what seems like a significant decrease in air noise in the past few years. Now it looks like I'm in that lucky piece of Kingfield that will go from 26 to 110 planes. Descents are by far the most annoying disruptions in our neighborhood, so any information that could be gathered about descents would be very welcome.

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