Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC): Stop Building an Airplane Freeway Over Our Neighborhoods
  • Petitioned Mr. John Quincy
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

Minneapolis City Council
Mr. John Quincy
Chair, Metropolitan Airports Commission
Mr. Dan Boivin
Executive Director & CEO, Metropolitan Airports Commission
Mr. Jeffrey Hamiel
Community Outreach Director, Office of Mayor RT Rybak
Mr. Andy Holmaas
See response
Minneapolis City Council
Ms. Betsy Hodges
Mayor, City of Edina
Mr. James Hovland
District Staff Assistant, Office of Representative Keith Ellison
Mr. Sean Broom
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Sen. Al Franken
Rep. Keith Ellison
Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC): Stop Building an Airplane Freeway Over Our Neighborhoods

    1. Petition by

      Steve Kittleson


The FAA wants to install Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) technology, which will redirect and increase the number of flights over our neighborhoods. This technology will unfairly burden us with more noise and more carbon dioxide emissions, leading to lower quality of health and lower property values.

The FAA needs approval from the Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC) to move forward with the plan, but they have NOT provided enough time or information for the public to completely understand the impact of these changes.

We urge the MAC to vote against PBN technology at the November 19, 2012 meeting, delaying launch of the PBN technology until 2014 so the public has more time to adequately evaluate the proposed changes to our neighborhoods.

 Stop the MSP flight path over our neighborhood.

Recent signatures


    1. Kevin Terrell Steps Down From MSP FairSkies, Runs for Senate

      Steve Kittleson
      Petition Organizer


      We have some news regarding our team. As some of you may have heard, one of our co-founders, Kevin Terrell, is now the Independence Party's endorsed candidate for US Senate in this November's election. Many of you have viewed the presentations Kevin created on our issue of airport noise, or perhaps you've heard him speak at one of your community events. If so, you know he was an integral part of our success in stopping the FAA here in the Twin Cities.

      With this endorsement, Kevin has stepped down as an active team member of MSP FairSkies. We sincerely thank him for his work and leadership on airport issues and we wish him the best on his campaign. If he wins, we know we will have a great ally in the US Senate!

      You can learn more about Kevin's campaign for US Senate at, or contact him at

      Thanks for your ongoing support.

      MSP FairSkies Coalition Team
      Steve Kittleson Sara Thompson
      Dean Amundson Jason McVay

    2. Reached 4,000 signatures
    3. Letter from Betsy Hodges, Minneapolis Council Member

      Steve Kittleson
      Petition Organizer


      I commend the many residents of the 13th Ward who worked hard to have their voices heard. Your overwhelming response to this issue was heard and had an impact!

      At their meeting this afternoon, the Metropolitan Airports Commission voted to delay implementation of Performance-Based Navigation Procedures/Area Navigation (RNAV) to allow time for further evaluation and public comment on flight paths over Southwest Minneapolis, Edina and Richfield. The MAC endorsed using the new technology from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) only where it would reduce airplane noise over Eagan, Mendota Heights and other suburbs.

      Thank you for contacting me and the many officials who worked to delay this change in order to understand its impact on the residents of Minneapolis.

      I will continue to stay on top of this issue and will share updates as the implications of the delay unfold.


      Betsy Hodges
      Council Member
      City of Minneapolis, Ward 13

    4. Reached 3,000 signatures
    5. Decision-maker Mr. Andy Holmaas responds:

      Mr. Andy Holmaas

      Thank you for taking the time to sign the petition “Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC): Stop Building an Airplane Freeway Over Our Neighborhoods.”

      I have been keeping the Mayor up to date on how many signatures this petit...

    6. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Douglas Deakins ORONO, MN
      • 11 months ago

      I am sensitive to the tone, volume and frequency of the small aircraft that fly over my home in Orono MN and it is the cause of my depression. I moved in to my rural home Jul 2013 and have decided to move. I cannot understand how so few can impact the lives of so many with the DB levels of these small aircraft. There is no way I know of to get away from it when buying a home. This is out of hand in the Mpls area and needs to be resolved. People should have a right to a quiet existence.

    • Mary Hallahan MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • about 1 year ago

      The stress of continual airplane noise has truly affected my mental health, and maybe my blood pressure. It is difficult to speak with neighbors outside. And, I would love to keep the windows open on beautiful days, but the noise is too much to do so. We live in an increasingly expensive zip code, with ever rising taxes, and a dense population -- we should be able to enjoy a concert at Lake Harriet or a beautiful day in our backyard without the deafening airport noise.

    • Colin Monette MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • about 1 year ago

      We just moved in last summer, thinking it's quiet, hardly any planes, perfect. Not, now we're realizing it's getting louder and noisier with the new airplane routes, and possibly will affect the value of our home and neighborhood.

    • Stephanie Cavanor EDINA, MN
      • about 1 year ago

      This is a burden on any neighborhood. The testing is unsupported and the flights should be scatttered so everyone has to bear the burden of noise and emissions - not unfairly burden one neighborhood.

    • brenda Johnson MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • about 1 year ago

      This highway in the sky will go right over our house.


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