Quite simply, this is a foolish cry for attention from a few homeowners and several power-hungry city councilmen. The FAA has been implementing RNAV and RNP (referred to right now as "Performance-Based Navigation") across the nation and now it's MSP
's turn. The reason? Improving safety. ATL
, and DFW
just to name a few have such procedures in place and have significantly improved traffic efficiency and safety margins.
Edina isn't exactly close to the airport either. I doubt they'd have much of a claim. MAC
pays homeowners for retrofitting homes with soundproofing but I'm almost certain that nobody in Edina is close enough to be eligible for it.
This is the airport that nearly had an A320/B1900 midair on its hands because of non-standard vectors and miscommunication. RNP/RNAV is the obvious fix and I doubt homeowners' concerns will be able to change the FAA's mind.
Map of homes eligible for noise mitigation: http://www.macnoise.com/sites/macnoi...917_parcelsall_allblocks_trans.pdf
Display boards from the public meetings that explain how it will work: