At the October 6 General Meeting, the Chicago Department of Aviation consultants presented the August 2017 ANMS Report, and the Technical, Residential and Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committees provided updates on their recent activities.

ONCC Chair and Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene A. Juracek delivered her position regarding a public policy decision-making process as it applies to an Interim Fly Quiet Program vote to the full Commission at its October general meeting. Read full text here.

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) announced that it has secured permits and scheduled contractors to install permanent aircraft noise monitors at three suburban locations. Electrical installation and concrete work will begin on October 9, 2017 in Bensenville (Site 31), Itasca (Site 44) and Norridge (Site 18) with monitor installations to follow.

The ONCC Technical Committee met on September 26, 2017. Agenda items included:

The ONCC Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee met on Thursday, September 21, 2017. 

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) presented the final Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test 2 Report, highlighting some of the changes that had been made based on feedback they received from members and consultants. CDA consultants provided supplemental data on Wide Body Operations on Runways Less Than 10,000 feet and Aircraft Fleet Mix Report for Operations on Non-Scheduled Runways, as per the request of Committee members at the previous Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee Meeting when the draft report was first presented.

The CDA made a change to the runway rotation for the evening of Sunday, September 10th.  September 10 was the beginning of Test 3 Week 8, and the CDA planned to utilize the 4-22s for rotation.  The CDA was not able to use the 4-22s on Sept. 10 due to additional FAA technical operations work on the Runway 4R localizer. For the overnight hours, departures were on 9R and arrivals either on 10L or 10C. The FAA has indicated its work on the 4R localizer should affect our runway rotation only Sunday, and that we should be back on the 4-22s for the remainder of the week.

The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission met on Friday, September 8, 2017. The Commission was honored to welcome Dr. Alan H. Epstein, Vice President for Technology and Environment, Pratt & Whitney.

Dr. Epstein is responsible for setting the direction for and coordinating technology across the company. He leads Pratt & Whitney’s efforts to identify and evaluate new methods to improve engine performance and fuel efficiency. He also provides strategic leadership in the investment, development, and incorporation of technologies that reduce the environmental impact of Pratt & Whitney’s world-wide products and services.