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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.

The ONCC Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee met on Monday, October 19, 2015. Committee Chair Joseph Annunzio welcomed committee members, FAiR representatives, Chicago Department of Aviation and Suburban O’Hare Commission consultants.

Annunzio told members that there would be many discussions on ways to modify Fly Quiet procedures, but their goal of modifying Fly Quiet procedures could only be accomplished if all the members understood and stayed focused on the objectives.

CDA consultants reviewed current Fly Quiet conditions and outlined potential alternatives for consideration by the ad hoc committee.

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Arlene A. Juracek, ONCC chair and mayor of Mount Prospect joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Federal Aviation Administration Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker, Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Ginger S. Evans, former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, airline representatives and other elected officials at the ceremonial ribbon cutting for O’Hare Runway 10R/28L and a new south air traffic control tower on Thursday October 15, 2015.

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“We commend the FAA and the CDA for their efforts to make O’Hare International Airport a global leader in the aviation industry and an economic engine for the Chicago region,” said Juracek. “We also appreciate their commitment to be a good neighbor by funding the residential and school sound insulation programs for the thousands of children and residents impacted by aircraft noise.”

The commissioning of Runway 10R-28L and South Airport Air Traffic Control Tower is scheduled for October 15. More details to follow.