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« on: September 07, 2016, 05:37:43 PM »
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A PDF file SMAAC Forum MSP 2016 Report can be found at http://tinyurl.com/z4qtgyd

AN APPEAL FOR HELP.  The observed issues at MSP have national parallels beyond the MAC’s control and policy interest. Our work with NTSB, FAA, our Representatives and Senators AN APPEAL FOR HELP.  The observed issues at MSP have national parallels beyond the MAC’s control (and policy interest). Our work with NTSB, FAA, our Representatives and Senators and other citizens’ groups needs volunteers and funds. In particular, we need more contributors as Members and Directors. and other citizens’ groups needs volunteers and funds. In particular, we need more contributors as dues-paying Members and Board Members. We are proposing changes in the National Airspace System including more hubs and shorter average city-hub-city routes.  Interline connections and Y-class fares were important national assets lost in the 1970's "deregulation." The consolidation of hubs after the airline mergers lengthen most city-hub-city routes; this added cost, paid by travelers, and increased carbon emissions per passenger.

For more information, please email me: jim.spensley@gmail.com. Annual Membership dues are $15/year by check mail to PO Box 19036, Minneapolis MN 55419-0036, On-line contributions can be made and dues can be paid at www.smaacmn.org or www.quiettheskies.org/smaacforum.  If you did not receive the Forum Report by email, send a request for it to mpds@visi.com.

Congressman Rick Nolan, MN-8 spoke at the MSP 2016 Forum kick-off (June 16, 2016, at Pepito’s Parkway Theater, 48th and Chicago) on “Plans and Needs for Safe and Sound Use of MSP.”  Since then, this and other topics discussed during the Forum blog (June 17 to July 31) were progressed:
1.   A follow-up letter was to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and an Asst. Administrator at FAA HQ responded by telephone and email. 
2.   Congressman Nolan’s office in Washington is reviewing the letter and the responses
3.   A meeting was held in the Governor’s office about the deficiencies in the MSP environmental assessments, the CRO Order and the delay in the MSP LTCP Update (the flight operations forecast and the taxiway bridges in particular).
4.   Sen. Dibble and Sen Torres-Ray attended the meeting.
5.   Sen. Dibble is reviewing the MAC.s inattention to health and safety issues, including the CRO warnings and Order and alleged sub-micron particulate and GHG emission increases from ATC procedure changes since October 2010.

The Forum was sponsored by SMAAC and MSP Fair Skies. Other Speakers and contributors included State and local elected officials, MSP Fair Skies Co-Founder Kevin Terrell and SMAAC President Jim Spensley. The Forum showed how locally controversial FAA plans and policies interact with airline interests at MSP. Expensive, risky stuff for any hub —and MSP is a small airport site.
 
NATIONAL ACTIONS
The FAA is spending trillions of dollars to increase US flight capacity; the airlines are fortifying their hubs and concentrating schedules. Meeting hub airport carbon emission reduction goals is impossible. The FAA/EPA Finding on green-house gas emissions from commercial aviation led this year to draft plans to reduce this threat (global warming and more health risks). SMAAC is pursuing re-design of the National Airspace System (NAS) —” hubs and spokes”—to reduce both average flight distances and airport operations, saving fuel and reducing emissions.
Last year, as SMAAC predicted, the FAA suspended use of Runway 35, confounding MSP capital planning and postponing the 2015 MSP Long-Term Comprehensive Plan.
“Some tinkering with air traffic control procedures has not been productive, and won’t be.” Spensley said. “Current routes add thousands of out-of-the-way miles and hundreds of extra airport operations. Changes to many routes to reduce carbon emissions are needed. There are flight operations situations at other hub airports similar to MSP, where a cap on flights per hour would be practical as an affordable safety precaution, and also reduce carbon emissions here and across the nation.

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A PDF file SMAAC Forum MSP 2016 Report can be found at http://tinyurl.com/z4qtgyd

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