The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) Fly Quiet Committee met on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

Chairman Annunzio stated that the goal of the meeting was to review and discuss the committee’s Mission Statement, Objectives and Work Plan. The objective of the committee is for members to gain a better understanding of airport operations so they can review and revise the Fly Quiet Proposal within the 18-month post-OMP full buildout timeframe. The Fly Quiet Committee Mission Statement is:

The ONCC acknowledges that aircraft noise at night affects the residents in communities around Chicago O'Hare International Airport (O'Hare) and that conditions have changed and will continue to change with completion of the OMP in 2021. The ONCC desires to evaluate ways to modify the Fly Quiet Program and make recommendations to the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) based on ONCC consensus.

Chairman Annunzio stressed that attendance was key to a positive outcome and urged members not to miss meetings. Committee members were invited to share their goals and expectations for the committee. There was general consensus that a solution should be achieved with a regional approach, using a collaborative process. Members sited identifying proposals that would be feasible and practical to be implemented in the time frame that exists. Members stated that the proposal should be as equitable as possible, sharing nighttime noise geographically.

Objectives and Guiding Principles
The members reviewed and discussed the Objectives and Guiding Principles for the Fly Quiet Committee.

It was noted that the committee should adopt a protocol addressing contingencies such as construction, maintenance schedules, weather and other impacts to Fly Quiet. The importance of a transparent communication process was stressed.

Work Plan
Members reviewed the proposed Work Plan and made the following suggestions:

  • Incorporate some Fly Quiet Committee meetings with Technical Committee meetings
  • Start the process with headings, they were the most difficult
  • Incorporate simulation of headings to understand the length of runway, speed, size of aircraft
  • Work with experts who create models for the FAA. The committee could look at the departure headings and all the tests done to date. It would be a good place to start and understand the process.
  • Know the timeline dates to take recommendations to CDA and FAA.
    • An aggressive timeline would be end of 2020.
    • CDA anticipates closing Runway 9R/27L most of 2021.
    • It is one year to do environmental evaluation

After all discussions and concerns, Fly Quiet leadership recommended taking suggestions to CDA and L&B to revise Objectives, Guiding Principles and Work Plan Schedule.

The next Fly Quiet Committee Meeting is scheduled for July 19, 2018 at the Aviation Administration Building, 10510 Zemke Blvd., Chicago, IL.