42 communities and 19 school districts dedicated to reducing aircraft noise in the communities around O’Hare International Airport since 1996.


The ONCC disseminates a variety of information related to aircraft noise issues through its community outreach programs. Some of that information is aboard the Chicago Department of Aviation's Community Outreach Vehicle.

The Community Outreach Vehicle (COV) travels to community events, festivals, schools, and libraries through out the year. There are video presentations and computer demonstrations aboard the COV that explain, among other things, the O'Hare  Airport Noise Management System and noise profiles of different types of aircraft.

The COV is also used as a learning tool. It travels to schools located within the City of Chicago and surrounding suburbs to discuss noise retrieval procedures, data collection, and aviation career possibilities. A portable noise monitor helps students visualize noise levels of various events. The COV is powered by compressed natural gas and is equipped with an ADA compliant automatic hydraulic wheelchair lift.

Anyone interested in having the COV visit their city, village hall, neighborhood, or school may contact the Chicago Department of Aviation, 773-686-3563.

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