|Name:||Minneapolis ARTCC (ZMP / KZMP)|
|ARTCC Chief:||Eric Olson (VID 101031)|
|Main Airports:||KMSP KOMA KGRB KLNK KDSM|
|About the ARTCC:||Minneapolis Center services 16 separate approach control facilities, 8 VFR Towers|
and 312 airports with authorized instrument approach procedures. Minneapolis Center's airspace is divided into six areas, and then further divided into 42 sectors.
Area 1 is one of the most complex and unique airspaces in ZMP. It encompasses 4 low alt sectors and 2 high alt sectors. It borders or overlies 9 different approach control facilities, and borders 4 different en route centers. Geographically it is located over the northern Great Lakes. Area 1 provides sequencing into MSP on the EAU8 arrival and ORD sequencing on the PAITN arrival. The area also works with and around multiple military complexes. There are 3 class D towers that operate with the confines of Area 1. Area 1 is very seasonal in traffic, and airport control techniques, along with non-radar procedures are essential in the low sectors
Area 2 is a terminal arrival/departure area located to the north and mostly with commercial aviation into and out of MSP; traffic flow is consistent throughout the year, with low altitude general aviation traffic increasing during the summer months. Being the smallest area geographically, complexity is increased in this area due to the majority of aircraft being in the climb or descent phase of flight. Area 2 controllers perform all aspects of air traffic control, from non-radar approach control to high altitude enroute spacing, and everything in between.
Area Three controllers are responsible for air traffic west and south of Minneapolis. Our airspace overlies southern Minnesota, northern Iowa, and eastern South Dakota. We work with Minneapolis and Rochester approach as well as providing radar and non-radar services to aircraft arriving and departing numerous secondary airports. Additionally we space and sequence overflying aircraft every day for many major airports such as JFK, EWR, DEN, and DFW along with working an arrival stream into ORD. The mix of this traffic along with multiple arrival and departure streams climbing out of and descending into MSP make for a dynamic and complex mix of air traffic.
A combination of low and high altitude sectors, Area 4 provides initial sequence of MSP arrivals from the west; manages MSP outbound west gate departures; sequences ORD arrivals over JVL; and applies traffic management initiatives for traffic landing in the northeast portion of the country. This airspace contains significant portions of non-radar, works with 6 approach controls, and provides services to over 100 uncontrolled airports. The area facilitates a wide variety of military operations including aerial refueling, UAV reconnaissance, and the release of special use airspace for training missions
Area 5 covers eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. The low altitude sectors work with multiple approach controls, a VFR tower, numerous local airports, and a large amount of military training airspace. The high altitude sectors of Area 5 are uniquely positioned to facilitate Traffic Management flow initiatives to alleviate congestion at various airports. On any given day, Area 5 may space aircraft to DEN, MSP, ORD, or JFK. Working in Area 5 can mean low altitude non-radar work or high altitude vectoring, a sometimes challenging change of pace.
Area 6 is primarily a high altitude, high volume, eastbound and westbound jet traffic area between Kearney, NE and Des Moines, IA. The area is approximately 250 miles long and 100 miles wide. When all sectors are operational, the area consists of five high altitude sectors which are stratified between 24,000 ft. to infinity and one low altitude sector between Omaha and Des Moines that controls the surface to 23,000 ft. Area 6 is bordered on the north by Minneapolis Center's Area 5, on the east by Chicago Center, on the south by Kansas City Center and on the west by Denver Center. Traffic complexity in Area 6 is increased by arrivals and departures at Lincoln, Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City, as well as crossing northbound and southbound traffic mainly generated from the Minneapolis and Kansas City terminal areas. Area 6 handles sequencing for aircraft en route to Denver, Newark, Midway, Detroit and the ski country airports during the winter months.