airplane in the sky originally uploaded by Sean MacEntee
According to this article in the Star Tribune, Eagan has become the #1 source for complaints about airport noise in the metro even beating out the City of Minneapolis which boasts five times as many residents. But even though the number of submissions regarding the noise has risen, their complaints appear to be falling upon deaf ears.
From the article:
Airport officials say they sympathize with Eagan residents, but there is not much they can do. Flight operations are run by the Federal Aviation Administration, said Chad Leqve, manager for aviation noise and satellite programs for the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), which operates the airport.
The article goes on to note that the single biggest problem is that even though air traffic into MSP has declined in recent years due to numerous factors, the use of the new runway which was not in existence prior to 2005 is still being heavily utilized when, as Eagan residents argue, the others should be used instead.
How is the airport noise for you? Has it decreased at all with the economic conditions and post-Northwest world or are you still hearing the same number of planes pass overhead? Do you wonder why it takes the FAA so long to make changes to the route patterns knowing the noise issues it causes with local residents not originally affected by the airport? Whatever you have to say about airport noise in your area go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.