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DSC 0089 3Community noise groups met on July 20 for the second time in recent months with new Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Ginger Evans and other CDA officials. O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) Chair, Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene A. Juracek reminded those in attendance that according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Record of Decision (ROD) on the O’Hare Modernization Plan (OMP), 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 ROD recognizes the importance of the Fly Quiet Program and specifically states that it will give consideration to suggestions for changes to the Fly Quiet Program developed by the ONCC and requested of the FAA by the city of Chicago,” said Juracek.

The FAA started conducting flight checks for Runway 10R/28L on Sunday, July 12. The nighttime procedures will take place for a duration of three consecutive weeks. Daylight flight checks also will occur both Saturday and Sunday mornings, starting at 5:30 AM CDT and last until Tower/C-90 traffic prevents further inspection. Runway 10R/28L will be commissioned on October 15, 2015. For more information visit: https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/avn/flightinspection/.

As announced as an FAA intention at the June 9 ONCC Technical Committee Meeting, the FAA has posted certain technical data on its website before the written Draft Re-Evaluation of the EIS is released.

Three website directories contain the draft final modeling data. This data will continue to be reviewed by FAA and may change before the draft is released. The data can be found here.

The FAA will seek comments from federal, state and local entities, and the public about the Draft Re-Evaluation.

For more information regarding the public workshop information and dates available here.

The FAA will hold 4 public workshops on the following dates/times:

  • Monday, August 10, 2015, from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. at White Eagle Banquets, 6839 North Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, Illinois 60714
  • Tuesday, August 11, 2015, from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Taft High School, 6530 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60631
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015, from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Monty's Elegant Banquets, 703 South York Road, Bensenville, Illinois 60106
  • Thursday, August 13, 2015, from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Belvedere Events and Banquets, 1170 West Devon Avenue, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007

The meetings will be workshop style with a room for the public to ask questions to the FAA and its consultants directly, with presentation boards depicting information contained in the Draft Re-Eval. There also will be a separate room with multiple court reporter stations for the public to provide verbal comments, on the record, after participating in the workshop.

More information can be found on the FAA's website here.

The May 2015 Airport Noise Management System (ANMS) Report is now available. MORE

At a two-hour meeting between community aircraft noise groups and the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), Mount Prospect Mayor and ONCC Chair, Arlene A. Juracek, proposed ONCC as a forum for “all to convene and address” aircraft noise issues once pertinent data could be processed.

Juracek reminded members of the Fair Allocation in Runways (Fair) Coalition and the Suburban O’Hare Commission (SOC) that ONCC had done a lot to mitigate aircraft noise since its inception in 1997. In addition to overseeing sound insulation programs, ONCC has brought all O’Hare stakeholders to the table and collaborated with the CDA to create the Fly Quiet Manual.

The ONCC leader also acknowledged that both community groups presented credible ideas that would generate more discussions on ways to solve aircraft noise.

“ONCC can be a great channel to process information,” said Juracek. “There are many sides to this story; Fair and SOC have raised enough questions to get the dialog going. However, as elected officials, ONCC members do represent all residents living in the suburbs and Chicago.”

The CDA plans to meet with ONCC, Fair and SOC two more times before August 1, 2015.

Please be advised that runway 14R/32L will re-open this Wednesday, June 17th, at 6 a.m. It has been closed since April due to construction work for Taxiways K and L on the south airfield.