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RNAV-Optimized Arrivals into Minneapolis/St. Paul

Note: the following information is for simulation use only.
RNAV-optimized arrivals into Minneapolis/St. Paul are shown above. Arrivals shown in red should expect the northern runway (runway 12L/30R), and arrivals shown in blue should expect the southern runway (runway 12R/30L). In addition, when open, NITZR and BLUEM arrivals may be assigned runway 35. During events or prolonged periods of increased traffic, your runway assignment is subject to change. In any event, please review the arrival chart as part of your standard approach briefing.

Landing Runway 30L/R

All RNAV-optimized arrivals are designed to transition seamlessly either to a downwind or base leg for MSP's runways. The standard routes for each arrival and their expected runway is shown above.
Downwind Arrivals (BAINY, TORGY)
BAINY arrivals terminate on a downwind for runway 30R. After IRRRV, fly heading 121.
TORGY arrivals terminate on a downwind for runway 30L. After JJENI, fly heading 121.
For both of these arrivals, not turn on a base leg or join the final without ATC clearance.
Base Leg Arrivals
NITZR and BLUEM arrivals terminate at HAPTN on the 30L/R transition. You will be assigned a heading before reaching HAPTN, or you will be issued the HAPTN transition on the ILS 30L approach. If open, you may also be assigned the runway 35 transition and accompanying ILS approach. Refer to the chart for further information.
KKILR arrivals terminate at GEEQU on the 30L/R transition. You will be assigned a heading before reaching GEEQU, or you will be issued the GEEQU transition on the ILS 30L approach.
MUSCL arrivals terminate at TRTEL on the 30L/R transition. You will be assigned a heading before reaching TRTEL, or you will be issued the TRTEL transition on the ILS 30R approach.

Landing Runway 12L/R

All RNAV-optimized arrivals are designed to transition seamlessly either to a downwind or base leg for MSP's runways. The standard routes for each arrival and their expected runway is shown above.
Downwind Arrivals (BAINY, TORGY)
MUSCL arrivals terminate on a downwind for runway 12L. After COZZZ, fly heading 301.
NITZR, BLUEM, and KKILR arrivals terminate on a downwind for runway 30L. After GREAK, fly heading 301.
For both of these arrivals, not turn on a base leg or join the final without ATC clearance.
Base Leg Arrivals
BAINY arrivals terminate at KAYQU on the 12L/R transition. You will be assigned a heading before reaching KAYQU, or you will be issued the KAYQU transition on the ILS 12L approach. Refer to the chart for further information.
TORGY arrivals terminate at KRUGG on the 12L/R transition. You will be assigned a heading before reaching KRUGG, or you will be issued the KRUGG transition on the ILS 12R approach.

Common Mistakes

Turning base or final without clearance.

Aircraft on a downwind segment of an arrival should not turn base or final without authorization. Downwind arrivals are usually sequenced between base leg arrivals (i.e. KKILR arrival to 30L). Turning without an instruction can interfere with the sequene and may potentially create a loss of separation between aircraft.

Flying the wrong transition.

When instructed to descend via an arrival/transition pair, it's always a good idea to re-check that the waypoints are programmed into the FMC correctly. Flying a transition that has not been assigned to you can cause a loss of separation.

Descending too early.

Most waypoints on KMSP arrivals are "at-or-above", meaning that pilots do not need to immediately descend to the lowest legal altitude as published. The goal should be to hit the only hard altitude restriction published (i.e. GREAK at 8,000 and 230kts.)

Ignoring speed restrictions.

Unless otherwise instructed, pilots should follow the speed restrictions listed on the chart. Descending too fast or too slow can lead to loss of separation.

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