The ONCC Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee met for the fourth time on Monday, January 25, 2016 to review, discuss and recommend modifications for O’Hare’s nighttime noise abatement program to be presented to the FAA for review.

Three Fly Quiet Initiatives were presented: Refine Departure Procedures, Define Three Fly Quiet Programs (morning, evening and overnight) and Establish the overnight Rotation Plan. Discussion was primarily held on the first two initiatives. For the departure procedure discussion, Chicago Department of Aviation consultant Doug Goldberg from Landrum & Brown presented two refined departure heading charts and decision criteria. The first chart illustrated refined existing Fly Quiet departure tracks that were five miles in length. The second chart illustrated five additional departure tracks for runways 9R, 10L, 10C, 28R, and 28C. All 13 heading alternatives would be presented to the Federal Aviation Administration for review.

At the request of ONCC Technical Committee Chair Catherine Dunlap, the Chicago Department of Aviation presented a snapshot of cargo operations at O’Hare International Airport for one week in December 2015 at the January Technical Committee meeting. Committee members requested that the CDA continue to share one week of cargo operations in a monthly report for one year to review the seasonality of cargo at the airport. Members hope the data will facilitate runway rotation objectives for the Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee, which is in the process of modifying O’Hare’s nighttime noise abatement program.

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CDA consultant Doug Goldberg of Landrum & Brown presented a Fly Quiet Report to the full ONCC membership at the January meeting. The report outlined several recommendations to modify O’Hare’s nighttime noise abatement.  The Fly Quiet Ad Hoc Committee meets again in late January to continue discussions and approve of some of the modifications.

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After meeting for the past three months, the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission’s (ONCC) Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee has begun consensus building for a January vote to modify the Fly Quiet nighttime noise abatement program. The committee was formed following a series of meetings in the summer in response to concern from citizen groups.

“It is my hope that the Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee can reach a consensus on modifications to the Fly Quiet program that can be implemented in a relatively short time frame to provide the most immediate relief to residents,” said Committee Chair and Village of Niles attorney, Joe Annunzio. “In order to accomplish those goals, recommendations must also be considered feasible to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and to the pilots,” Annunzio said.

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The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission Fly Quiet Ad Hoc Committee met on November 16, 2015. 

The committee received a presentation from Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) consultants Landrum & Brown regarding the Fly Quiet program. The presentation reviewed operational data as well as departure procedures. The committee was presented with three Fly Quiet Scenarios for Evening, Overnight and Morning and alternatives within each operational period.

The November 7 Sun-Times article, “City examining changes to O’Hare jet noise complaint process, ”cited an O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission member’s call for a return to the original purpose of the O’Hare aircraft noise complaint system—to investigate specific aircraft noise outlier situations, not to tabulate levels of resident frustration and anger.

As ONCC chair, I want to assure residents that ONCC remains committed to mitigate aircraft noise wherever and whenever possible at its source. At the Nov. 6 ONCC meeting the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) stated it will re-examine how noise data are collected and the process by which resident concerns are reported and classified. This reevaluation will better enable us to separate and analyze specific instances where air traffic behavior outliers can be addressed with the airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

DuPage County became the 57th member of the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission on November 6, 2015.

According to the ONCC Intergovernmental Agreement, DuPage County had always been a member, but active participation in ONCC became a possibility when Chairman Dan Cronin and the DuPage County Board worked with federal, state and local officials coordinating noise complaints as a result of new O’Hare flight paths.


ONCC Chair and Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene A. Juracek welcomes new members DuPage County Director of Transportation Don Puchalski (left) and DuPage County Alternate Serge Ruffolo to the noise commission.