Fair = Transparency + Accountability + Community
MSP FairSkies seeks greater transparency and accountability of the FAA and MAC to the community as the path to fair airport solutions in Minnesota.
Airport noise and the proposed implementation of Performance Based Navigation/Required Navigation (PBN/RNAV) is an ongoing issue with Minneapolis neighbors. FAA’s proposed RNAV flight paths will place major, heavily-concentrated, departure and arrival tracks over the lower half of Minneapolis, fanning out with a track – or “freeway in the sky” – approximately every eight blocks. The impact of this change will be profound:
- Approximately 35% of all Minneapolis students are within two blocks of the heaviest tracks, bringing on average one departure every three minutes for eight hours a day
- Research shows that property values under these freeways in the sky will decrease ~20%, yet because of the noise overlap from neighboring tracks, there is no “safe” area that is not impacted by the new noise levels, and there will be no corresponding increase in property values. This, of course, will have a negative effect on property taxes
- A newly published medical research study shows a direct link between airplane noise and increased risk of cardiovascular disease
Yet, with these and other points, the FAA and MAC have no plans to conduct a thorough environmental review of the impact in our neighborhoods.
MSP FairSkies Coalition was formed by residents in the Twin Cities to make sure residents have a say in airport issues that impact levels of airplane noise and air pollution in our neighborhoods. Our goal is MSP Airport “smart growth” – an approach that balances growth of the airport without sacrificing the livability of our neighborhoods.