The ONCC met on Friday, September 6, 2019.

ANMS Reports
CDA Consultants reviewed Airport Noise Management System Reports for May, June and July 2019.

Residential Sound Insulation Program (RSIP) Update
The CDA is currently testing vinyl window samples to ensure they do not exceed the volatile organic compound and odor thresholds before finalizing the specifications for Phase 17 bid package 3 and Phase 18. They plan to go out to bid on Phase 17 bid package 3 and schedule homeowner briefings for Phase 18 in the coming months. The State of Illinois is in the process of forming an advisory committee that will be taking the lead on the odorous windows situation.

IFQ Update/Schedule
The Interim Fly Quiet Program runway rotation schedule is expected to start Sunday, November 3, 2019. The duration of this schedule will be 28 weeks through the week of May 10, 2020. The program will pause for airfield construction May – November 2020 and resume until January 2021. Each week alternates between parallels and diagonals with both east flow and west flow options depending on wind direction. CDA will provide weekly tracking and will be reporting in the Fly Quiet Committee. It was noted that this is the first time runway rotation has been conducted in the winter, and that instead of thunderstorms affecting rotation, snow and ice events could frustrate the plan. However, it will be very informative and help understand how weather can impact future Fly Quiet. The rotation approach is geared toward spreading out the noise, balancing the impact.

Report of the Chair

  • American Airlines – Fleet Update
    It was announced that American Airlines conducted its last flight of the MD-80 at O’Hare on September 4, 2019. The MD-80 was the loudest aircraft in operation at O’Hare. Other carriers do still operate the aircraft, and the Technical Committee will be working to communicate with them and encourage them to also retire the aircraft. Franco Tesdesci, VP of operations at American Airlines will be the featured speaker at the next ONCC General meeting on October 4, 2019. He will be providing a fleet update for American Airlines, and provide insight into the decisions that go into the types of aircraft in the fleet.

  • Quiet Skies Caucus
    The Commission reviewed a letter from the Congressional Quiet Skies caucus to new FAA administrator, respectfully requesting a briefing by FAA on the noise annoyance survey conducted several years ago. Congressional representatives are scheduled to appear at the November 2019 ONCC General Meeting.

Standing Committee Reports

Next ONCC General meeting will be held on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Café la Cave.