Posted at: 06/09/2013 8:50 PM
By: Jay Kolls

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Minneapolis Man Takes On Feds Over Proposed Flight Path

The Federal Government has not disclosed how many airplanes could soon fly over Southwest Minneapolis and Edina, if a newly proposed flight path change is approved. But, one man who has crunched numbers and analyzed data for the CIA and the Defense Department's Intelligence Division says he has a pretty good idea how many planes will be over his neighborhood all the way to Edina every day, if the change is adopted. Kevin Terrell says he's dissected data of the Federal Aviation Administration and he estimates Southwest Minneapolis and Edina could have as many as 135 flights overhead every day. Right now, he says, there are about 20 to 30 daily flights near his home departing from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Terrell says he's shared his research with FAA officials in Washington, D.C., but he says they have not acknowledged his data. Terrell says he is also frustrated that public officials in Minneapolis have not asked for more environmental impact studies on the newly proposed flight routes. He tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that the "people of Minneapolis and Edina deserve a definitive number of proposed flights that will be heard overhead every, from the FAA."

We contacted the FAA and asked for an on-camera interview, but they declined.  They did not endorse Terrell's research, but they did not criticize it either. The would only say they "commend Terrell for his work on this issue, but it is too early to predict how many flights would be re-directed if this new proposal is approved."  An FAA spokesperson told us they do not not have a timetable for completing their review of the proposal, however, if the change is approved, it would take effect next year.