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The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission Executive Committee recently announced that it would form an Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee to review, modify and make recommendations regarding nighttime noise abatement procedures at O’Hare International Airport.

The initiative follows an assessment of the FAA Draft Re-Evaluation on the interim conditions for O’Hare’s Modernization Plan, as well as the Chicago Department of Aviation’s recommendations for modifying the Fly Quiet program which were announced during meetings with community groups held this summer. This role for the Commission is directly in line with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Record of Decision (ROD) on the O’Hare Modernization Plan (OMP), which states that ONCC is the “official facilitating body with the responsibility to oversee O’Hare noise mitigation efforts, which include the Fly Quiet and Sound Insulation programs.”

The ONCC has extended an invitation to the Fair Allocation of Runways (FAiR) Coalition to serve as a “guest” participant on the Commission’s Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee. The invitation includes a standing agenda item at each committee meeting for FAiR input.

In a letter to FAiR leadership, Mount Prospect Mayor and ONCC Chair Arlene A.  Juracek explained that ONCC committees have had guest participants in the past such as pilots, airline representatives and the FAA who contribute to the discussion, but do not have a standing to vote on ONCC business.

“I believe both FAiR and ONCC wish to work to get the most significant relief as quickly as possible,” said Juracek. “FAiR must agree that the sole purpose for this ad hoc committee is the Fly Quiet program, to obtain noise relief for current impacted citizens, and committee meetings must be focused on reaching a consensus for a revised Fly Quiet recommendation.”

The ad hoc committee will consist of nine voting members representing city and suburban areas, including those where FAiR members reside, and will call upon the expertise of both the Suburban O’Hare Commission (SOC) and Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) consultants for recommendations.

ONCC is an intergovernmental agency, established under the Illinois Constitution of 1970 and the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act, consisting of 55 voting members who represent nearly 1.3 million residents affected by O’Hare operations. 

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