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« on: July 12, 2016, 12:37:12 PM »
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SMAAC wrote to FAA Administrator Huerta in February 2015:

Your attention is needed to better plan and more correctly apply Federal policies at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, including:
1. Air Traffic Control procedures and systems for use of MSP Runways 12-30L/R and 17-35, three closely spaced runways, within the airport use/capacity agreed upon in 1998 and decreased overflight noise and pollution at less cost [CFR 1502.14(a)].
2. Lower priority and greater separations for aircraft not equipped with PBN and NextGen avionics.
3. Allowing State, Metropolitan and local authorities and impacted citizens a meaningful role in planning flight operations to decrease environmental impacts, increase airline competition or meet actual air transportation needs without excessive cost or limitations on economic growth.
After extensive research, we think the most beneficial action would be for FAA to reduce runway use per hour at MSP pending deployment of Next Gen airport systems, considering the costs, adjacent land uses and airfield space limitations.
The National Airspace System concentrates connecting flights using urban airfields as hubs. MSPís closely spaced runways and nearby residential neighborhoods and other noise or vibration-sensitive land uses such as hospitals should limit the acceptance rate. Peak hour operations, as evaluated and approved in the MSP Expansion Final EIS were set as 125% of 1995 use (136 to 140 operations per hour, depending on fleet mix).

The letter was a follow-up to telephine and message exchanges with FAA and NTSB about the converging runways warning, which would soon result ai traffic control changes at MSP, by order, because MSP was not addressing the issue.
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