Pages from ONCC AR2015 FinalwebThe 2015 ONCC Annual Report is available for viewing. Highlights include aircraft noise monitor comparisons, ad hoc Fly Quiet Committee recommendations and message from ONCC Chair Arlene A. Juracek, mayor of Mount Prospect.  

Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene A. Juracek was re-elected today to a second term as chair of the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission during the organization’s general meeting at Café la Cafe, Des Plaines.

In her acceptance remarks before the 52-member commission, Juracek acknowledged a new working partnership with the Suburban O’Hare Commission and recognized the dauntless efforts of community-based organizations such as the Fair Allocation in Runways Coalition to mitigate noise.

“Like any new relationship, we realized that we had to build a fabric of trust, listen to every idea, and work for the common good and sometimes even compromise,” said Juracek. “You know compromise is not always easy.”

Niles Attorney Joseph Annunzio, a Park Ridge resident, was elected to his second year as ONCC vice chair.  He previously served as chair of the ONCC technical committee and has a background in environmental law.

Dr. Raymond Kuper, Harwood Heights School Dist. 86 retired superintendent, was  elected to a first term as ONCC treasurer. Kuper has served as chair of the ONCC School Sound Insulation Committee since its formation in 1997. In 2015 the committee oversaw completion of the sound insulation in Chicago Ward 41’s Ebinger Elementary School, the last of 124 schools identified in the O’Hare modernization full build-out program. Kuper served as ONCC vice chair from 1997 until 2015.

Following the election of officers, Kuper recognized the accomplishments of former Norridge Clerk Judith Dunne Bernardi, ONCC treasurer for the past seven years. She retired this month after 17 years having served also as vice chair of the Residential Sound Insulation Committee and as a member of the Technical Committee for many years.

Juracek thanked ONCC members for their support and promised to remain unbiased when it came to aircraft noise mitigation. “Let’s go forward and take the next steps to ensure that the common thread we all share for noise relief becomes the fabric of the ONCC culture,” she said. 

Chicago and suburban leaders reach consensus on proposal for overnight noise relief

The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee today approved criteria to establish a nighttime runway rotation proposal for O’Hare International Airport.

The rotation proposal, termed “Fly Quiet II,” developed by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), in consultation with CDA and Suburban O’Hare Commission (SOC) aviation experts, has the potential to significantly reduce nighttime noise impacts to communities most affected by aircraft noise.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday a nearly $1.3 billion infrastructure plan for O'Hare International Airport. Joining Emanuel at the press conference were U.S. Senators Durbin and Kirk, representatives from United and American Airlines, and the Federal Aviation Administration. The plan includes a new runway (Runway 9C/27C, scheduled to be commissioned in 2020), deicing pads and other projects. It is the final piece of the O’Hare Modernization Program, which reconfigures the older airfield into what the city says will be a more efficient runway, terminal, and roadway system. 

The ONCC Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee met for the fourth time on Monday, January 25, 2016 to review, discuss and recommend modifications for O’Hare’s nighttime noise abatement program to be presented to the FAA for review.

Three Fly Quiet Initiatives were presented: Refine Departure Procedures, Define Three Fly Quiet Programs (morning, evening and overnight) and Establish the overnight Rotation Plan. Discussion was primarily held on the first two initiatives. For the departure procedure discussion, Chicago Department of Aviation consultant Doug Goldberg from Landrum & Brown presented two refined departure heading charts and decision criteria. The first chart illustrated refined existing Fly Quiet departure tracks that were five miles in length. The second chart illustrated five additional departure tracks for runways 9R, 10L, 10C, 28R, and 28C. All 13 heading alternatives would be presented to the Federal Aviation Administration for review.

At the request of ONCC Technical Committee Chair Catherine Dunlap, the Chicago Department of Aviation presented a snapshot of cargo operations at O’Hare International Airport for one week in December 2015 at the January Technical Committee meeting. Committee members requested that the CDA continue to share one week of cargo operations in a monthly report for one year to review the seasonality of cargo at the airport. Members hope the data will facilitate runway rotation objectives for the Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee, which is in the process of modifying O’Hare’s nighttime noise abatement program.

ORD Cargo Ops By Hour

ORD Nighttime Cargo Analysis

ORD Nighttime Cargo Summary

CDA consultant Doug Goldberg of Landrum & Brown presented a Fly Quiet Report to the full ONCC membership at the January meeting. The report outlined several recommendations to modify O’Hare’s nighttime noise abatement.  The Fly Quiet Ad Hoc Committee meets again in late January to continue discussions and approve of some of the modifications.

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