Chicago Department of Aviation consultant presented the 1st Quarter 2016 Fly Quiet Report and a review of Airport Noise Capacity Act (ANCA)to the ONCC Technical Committee at the May meeting.

Under the Fly Quiet Report, the most used nighttime arrival runway was 27L with 38 percent or approximately 48 arrivals; Runway 28C had 23 percent of nighttime arrivals. Runway 28R had the most nighttime departures with 38 percent or approximately 39 operations; Runway 32L had 27 percent of nighttime departures. American, United, Spirit and Envoy airlines were the commercial carriers with the highest number of nighttime flights.

Nighttime flight track deviations have been reduced considerably due to increased awareness of the Fly Quiet program by the O’Hare Air Traffic Control Tower management. ONCC continues to meet with tower managers to review compliance to voluntary procedures.

By an overwhelming majority, the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC)  today approved a weekly nighttime runway rotation plan for O’Hare International Airport. 
 
The Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Plan, developed by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), in consultation with CDA and Suburban O’Hare Commission (SOC) aviation experts, seeks to establish a weekly runway rotation program at O’Hare during overnight hours that is designed to achieve a more balanced distribution of noise exposure for Chicago and suburban communities. 

Two O'Hare community noise groups, the Suburban O'Hare Commission and the Fair Allocation in Runways Coalition, have endorsed the Chicago Department of Aviation's proposed Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Plan.  The plan calls for 12 weekly rotation periods of one arrival and one departure runway during the Fly Quiet II nighttime hours.  The ONCC will vote on the runway rotation plan on May 6. If approved, it will be submitted to the FAA and the plan will be tested for a six-month period.

FAiR Letter of Support

SOC Letter of Support

February ANMS Report Now Available. LINK

The Chicago Department of Aviation briefed the ONCC Technical Committee on a six-month Fly Quiet Rotation Plan test during the April 19 meeting. The nighttime rotation plan, calls for 12 one-week periods that incorporate parallel and diagonal runways and six east flow and six west flow configurations.

Before the presentation, ONCC Chair and Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene A. Juracek reminded the members that it was “important to do our homework” and engage in dialog, analyze the viewpoints and take a “regional approach” to mitigate aircraft noise.

The Commission is looking for a two thirds majority vote to change the status quo and pass the Fly Quiet rotation plan at its May 6 meeting. Once passed, the plan can be submitted with the “confidence of community consensus” to the Federal Aviation Administration for implementation by June or July.

Pages from ONCC AR2015 FinalwebThe 2015 ONCC Annual Report is available for viewing. Highlights include aircraft noise monitor comparisons, ad hoc Fly Quiet Committee recommendations and message from ONCC Chair Arlene A. Juracek, mayor of Mount Prospect.  

Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene A. Juracek was re-elected today to a second term as chair of the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission during the organization’s general meeting at Café la Cafe, Des Plaines.

In her acceptance remarks before the 52-member commission, Juracek acknowledged a new working partnership with the Suburban O’Hare Commission and recognized the dauntless efforts of community-based organizations such as the Fair Allocation in Runways Coalition to mitigate noise.

“Like any new relationship, we realized that we had to build a fabric of trust, listen to every idea, and work for the common good and sometimes even compromise,” said Juracek. “You know compromise is not always easy.”

Niles Attorney Joseph Annunzio, a Park Ridge resident, was elected to his second year as ONCC vice chair.  He previously served as chair of the ONCC technical committee and has a background in environmental law.

Dr. Raymond Kuper, Harwood Heights School Dist. 86 retired superintendent, was  elected to a first term as ONCC treasurer. Kuper has served as chair of the ONCC School Sound Insulation Committee since its formation in 1997. In 2015 the committee oversaw completion of the sound insulation in Chicago Ward 41’s Ebinger Elementary School, the last of 124 schools identified in the O’Hare modernization full build-out program. Kuper served as ONCC vice chair from 1997 until 2015.

Following the election of officers, Kuper recognized the accomplishments of former Norridge Clerk Judith Dunne Bernardi, ONCC treasurer for the past seven years. She retired this month after 17 years having served also as vice chair of the Residential Sound Insulation Committee and as a member of the Technical Committee for many years.

Juracek thanked ONCC members for their support and promised to remain unbiased when it came to aircraft noise mitigation. “Let’s go forward and take the next steps to ensure that the common thread we all share for noise relief becomes the fabric of the ONCC culture,” she said.