FAA readying airport plan that prompted cities’ protests

  • Article by: Pat Doyle , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 7, 2013 - 10:17 PM

New technology aims to concentrate takeoffs and save fuel, but some areas fear the noise.

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alienzMar. 28, 1311:50 PM

How is this not a taking? If the government takes a house for a public purpose, they provide compensation for the house.

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mugsdilMar. 29, 1312:13 AM

That photo is awesome.

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texas_technomanMar. 29, 13 3:40 AM

To me, this is like the folks that buy a house along the railroad tracks....then complain about how noisy the trains are. Get over it...

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mckensm0Mar. 29, 13 7:36 AM

The old adage of "you live near the airport, don't complain" does not apply in this matter. One administrative change and now previously unaffected areas receive new noise. This is why everyone should be concerned about airport noise isses, not just a few neighborhoods.

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robin1420Mar. 29, 13 7:37 AM

How about looking at the percentage of residents who use the airport - I bet Edina residents use the airport at a higher frequency than those of North Minneapolis! The fact that the airport has been close by has always been a selling point for those who live in the south metro area. You can't have it both ways.

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turgidMar. 29, 13 7:57 AM

Most homes in the flight path received free sound-proofing, which increased their value. If this concentrates flights over those homes and not over the parts of the city that did not receive sound-proofing, where planes routinely stray, that sounds pretty fair to me.

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jimmyjames76Mar. 29, 13 7:57 AM

Edina, Richfield, South Mpls, etc are all in very close proximity to the airport, and if you buy a home in one of those cities then you should expect air traffic noise. Maybe lots of air traffic noise. Flight patterns change all the time, and buying a home in one of those areas is a gamble with regards to future airport related noise. No one should expect the FAA to make flight patterns less safe or less efficient just so planes fly over someone else's home. I don't blame the people of Edina for trying. I wouldn't want it to happen to me, but it's a risk you assume when you buy a house in one of those areas.

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Lifeguard06Mar. 29, 13 8:02 AM

If you are so worried about airport noise go to any airport FBO buy a sectional for your area and look at the Class B airport ring. If your home is under the tiers there will be airplanes and there will be noise. Please whine and complain all you want until FedEx leaves UPS leaves and Delta leaves and you have to connect through Denver or Chicago to get to Atlanta.

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jimmyjames76Mar. 29, 13 8:10 AM

"The old adage of "you live near the airport, don't complain" does not apply in this matter. One administrative change and now previously unaffected areas receive new noise."............So your expectation is that flight patterns and air traffic will never change? If you buy a home bordering an international airport, and flights don't currently go over your home then they never will? That's not very realistic. I get why people are frustrated, but to expect that air traffic (or vehicle traffic or bus traffic or truck traffic or train traffic, etc) will never change is naive at best.

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tocquevilleofedinaMar. 29, 13 8:13 AM

The GAO reported that the FAA should conduct environmental reviews before implementing RNAV since there would be significant impacts on affected communities. The FAA completely ignored this and conducted zero environmental work when they tried to ram RNAV down Edina's throat last Nvember. RNAV was developed By Alaska Airlines in 1996 as a critical navigation tool for flying through narrow mountain passes. I don't see a lot of mountains in Edina. The FAA is implementing RNAV for purely political purposes only as they are trying to save face after getting Congress to spend $63 billion on this so called jobs stimulus spending. Get active Edina! Don't let the feds have their way with you! No jet superhighway over Edina!

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