Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has new technology to help them guide takeoffs and this will shift the flight patterns and take more of the flights over the freeways, a river basin, and some neighborhoods. This will mean that some people win and some people lose when it comes to noise. The new system is supposed to launch planes on more narrow departures and with more precision and the Federal Aviation Administration says it will increase safety.
The new technology means fuel savings, which is great for airlines, and the Metropolitan Airports Commission is considering having the system in place for next spring. However, there is a snag as some local officials say they do not have enough information regarding noise patterns, particularly over neighborhoods. Minneapolis City Council member Sandy Colvin Roy said the city does not yet know who will be spared the noise and who will have to endure it.
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