The ONCC Fly Quiet Committee met on January 28, 2020.

City of Chicago Representative
Fly Quiet Committee Chairman Annunzio welcomed Peter Bialek to the Fly Quiet Committee as the representative for the City of Chicago 39th Ward.

rmacpherson2North Airfield SMS
FAA Regional Administrator Rebecca MacPherson presented the results of the North Airfield SMS to the committee. She reported that in December, the SMS panel finalized review on the use of Runways 9R, 9C and 4L and determined those runways will be available for nighttime use. The panel found that the FAA can accommodate use of those runways within current procedures.

Interim Fly Quiet Reports- Weeks 6-11
The City of Chicago reviewed the Interim Fly Quiet program reports for weeks 6 – 11. View Reports

Correspondence from FAA – Safety Checks During IFQ
The ONCC received a response received from the FAA regarding the impact of flight checks on the rotation program. They stated that the flight checks are required and common practice to make sure instruments and communications equipment is working as it should. Flight checks are very fluid, and would be difficult to schedule outside of rotation schedule. View letter

IMG 0020 300Elk Grove Mayor Craig Johnson – Input on Fly Quiet Program
Elk Grove Village Mayor and Suburban O’Hare Commission (SOC) Chair Craig Johnson addressed the committee to share his input on the Fly Quiet Program. He stated that he was glad to see this partnership between Chicago and the suburbs.

SOC consultants JDA presented their recommendations for departure concepts. Their operational rules included:

  • Avoiding consecutive week impact
  • Avoiding overuse of any one runway
  • North / South alternating, Rotate east and west - more manageable for air traffic controllers
  • Pairing diagonal departure with long runway
  • Depart inboard – arrive outboard
  • Limit departure headings to 20 degrees or under – contour growth – width of contour – 2 nautical miles – population increase, especially on parallels with heavy aircraft
  • Consider population impacts
  • JDA stated that SOC is not opposed to RNAV but suggested further conversation – especially with affected communities.

Fly Quiet 21 Departure Procedure Discussion
The CDA provided a review of the process and looked at next steps for the Committee. The committee is still at the “Develop and Approve Alternatives” stage in the process.

The FAA has been providing feedback along the way and has been very responsive. It is up to the ONCC to determine what the preferred alternatives are for a new Fly Quiet program. Components of a plan include:

  • Configurations – big puzzle piece – determines the rest of the picture. Now that FAA has given approval to use north airfield, an additional 11 configurations will be possible.
  • Concepts - full airfield v split airfield, can also look at it as quadrants
  • RNAV – it is a complexity – how we go about evaluating and implementing

View Components

Chairman Annunzio stated that he would like to resume discussion of runway configurations at next meeting. There was consensus among committee members around pursuing the split airfield departure concept. View departure concepts

The next meeting of the Fly Quiet Committee will be held on February 25, 2020 at the Chicago Department of Aviation Administration Building.