The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission Technical Committee met on Tuesday, February 20 at the Mount Prospect Village Hall. The Chicago Department of Aviation staff and consultants updated members on the Aircraft Noise Standards, permanent noise monitor installations, O’Hare Annual Operations, noise complaint system, 4th Quarter Fly Quiet Report and Interim Fly Quiet update.

The City of Chicago Department of Aviation has submitted the Interim Fly Quiet (IFQ) Proposal to the FAA for approval.

The following link contains the proposal document: IFQ Submittal

The City of Chicago has implemented CAPTCHA, a new feature on its aircraft noise complaint website. This change is intended to prevent negative impacts to the City's 311 system for citywide service requests.

The process for residents to submit noise complaints will remain unchanged, except that they will be asked to click on a box indicating they are not a robot when submitting a noise complaint via the website. This is an interim technical solution until the 311 modernization is complete.

ONCC will continue to provide input on improvements that should be made to the aircraft noise complaint system.

juracek macphersonThe O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) met on Friday, January 12, 2018.

ONCC Welcomes New FAA Great Lakes Regional Administrator Rebecca MacPherson
Chairman Arlene Juracek introduced the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Great Lakes Regional Administrator Rebecca MacPherson. Ms. MacPherson has had a distinguished legal career with a focus on strategic and regulatory issues in the aviation and transportation industry. She has served in several positions with the FAA and routinely represented FAA interests to the White House, Congress and other federal agencies. Prior to joining the FAA in 2004, Ms. MacPherson served for eight years as associate chief counsel of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Mayor Juracek welcomed Ms. MacPherson and stated that the Commission looked forward to working with her on the important noise issues that the Commission and its members are facing.

At the December 12, 2017 meeting of the ONCC Technical Committee the following items were discussed: 

Noise Monitors

CDA Staff reported on the three permanent monitors that are currently in the process of being installed - Norridge, Bensenville and Itasca. Installation on all three monitors is nearly complete with the base and mast installed on each and the electrical having been approved by the municipalities. They are waiting for ComEd to energize the poles in order to proceed with the installation of the monitors. The remaining site in the City of Chicago will be the priority for 2018 and are expected to be installed in Spring/Summer 2018. Elmhurst is next on the list to receive a portable noise monitor, and the CDA is finalizing the details for the installation.

The general membership of the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) voted today to approve an Interim Fly Quiet Nighttime Runway Rotation Plan for Chicago O’Hare International Airport (O’Hare). The plan could take effect late in 2018 and remain in place until new Runway 9C-27C is commissioned in 2020 as part of the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP). The ONCC recommendation now moves to the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), who in turn will develop a formal submittal to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for environmental review. The FAA’s review process is anticipated to take up to 12 months.

The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee voted today to recommend an Interim Fly Quiet plan to the full O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission membership.

Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) consultants presented three runway rotation options to the Committee, which ultimately chose Option A, essentially the same runway rotation plan that was followed in Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test 3.