Ward 11

John Quincy

 

John Quincy

1. What is your opinion of the planned PBN/RNAV implementation at MSP?

JQ: I strongly oppose the PBN/RNAV departure tracks as FAA proposed. There remain a number of unanswered questions about safety, health risks, changes in sound exposure, operations, environmental impacts, departure track alternatives; not to mention process and community engagement that need to be addressed.

2. What have you done in the past to support our plan to support efforts by Minneapolis citizens to change the PBN/RNAV tracks and what is your plan to support the cause in the future?

JQ: As the Minneapolis City Council’s lone representative on the Noise Oversight Committee, and chair of the Airport Working Group (consisting of Council Members, Mayor’s office and departmental staff), I led the city’s efforts that resulted in MAC formally requesting FAA not implement the RNAV departure tracks over Minneapolis.

Bolstered by the advocacy efforts of concerned residents throughout Minneapolis, I am proud to have played that leadership role in communications with MAC Commissioners and our state and federal representatives that brought about this dramatic and unprecedented action.

Should the FAA pursue RNAV changes over Minneapolis, they will need to involve communities much earlier in the process. They also will need to abide by the criteria developed by the City of Minneapolis and the Noise Oversight Committee, requiring in part that flights tracks be over compatible land uses as much as possible. When tracks are necessary over sensitive land uses, the tracks should be spread as widely and evenly as possible, and subject to intense and comprehensive environmental impact studies.

My plan to support the cause of MSP Fair Skies, and other organizations, will be to continue to engage and communicate with residents, be informed and aggressive at all levels of government to ensure our voices are heard and acted upon. I will continue my efforts to convene neighborhood groups and community meetings to disseminate information and solicit feedback and questions.

3. Since time is of the essence, what specific actions will you take in the first 90 days in office to with regard to PBN/RNAV?

JQ: I trust my experiences and involvement at local and federal levels will be utilized and expanded. As we are losing several decades of experience on airport issues with the retirements of Mayor Rybak and Council Member Colvin Roy, I will make sure that the newly elected officials are brought up to speed as quickly as possible.

I will continue to work with the City’s Airport Working group of elected officials, City staff and MAC Commissioners who represent Minneapolis and continue to coordinate efforts surrounding airport issues.

I will introduce specific legislative agendas for Federal, State and Regional officials that will serve the economic needs of our region, while also protecting the safety, health and livability concerns of our residents.

4. What is your long term vision for MSP Airport, taking into consideration the projected growth in the airline industry?

JQ: MSP cannot be replaced, as it plays a vital role in our local, regional and state economy. However, the projected growth of the aviation industry over time – cannot be expanded or significantly altered at MSP – as it places too great a burden on our residents.

My long-term vision for MSP is to advance a statewide aviation policy, so all the expansion of commercial flights does not necessarily happen at MSP, but we can instead better utilize the airports in St. Cloud, Duluth and Rochester. A new governance structure and oversight function at the state level is needed of MSP to ensure that growth is attained and supported. Intrastate modes of transportation, including passenger rail service, will be important enhancements in the long term.


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Matt Steele (back to candidate list)

1. What is your opinion of the planned PBN/RNAV implementation at MSP?

MS:

2. What have you done in the past to support efforts by Minneapolis citizens to change the PBN/RNAV tracks and what is your plan to support the cause in the future.

MS:

3. Since time is of the essence, what specific actions will you take in the first 90 days in office with regard to PBN/RNAV?

MS:

4. What is your long term vision for MSP Airport, taking into consideration the projected growth in the airline industry?

MS:

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