The Federal Aviation Administration will post certain technical data on its website before the written Draft Re-Evaluation of the EIS is released, FAA Environmental Protection Specialist Amy Hanson told members of the ONCC Technical Committee June 9.

Three website directories will contain draft final modeling data for (1) delay and travel time analysis, (2) noise analysis and (3) air quality. Once filed, however, these data will continue to be reviewed by FAA and may change.

The FAA will seek comments from federal, state and local entities, and the public, about the Draft Re-Evaluation. The agency will announce dates and times for four public open houses two weeks before the Draft document is released.

Information regarding data and meeting dates will be posted on the FAA website at http://www.faa.gov/airports/airport_development/omp/eis_re-eval/.

CDA map shows nightly and intermittent closures during construction work to runways and adjacent areas that may temporarily affect designated preferential runways identified in the voluntary Fly Quiet Program.

Nighttime Construction Awareness: June -November 2015

Today the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) announced three significant initiatives to address aircraft noise that include the launch of a “real time” flight tracking system for O’Hare International Airport, confirmation that the Federal Aviation Administration will hold four open meetings for the public to review and comment on the draft re-evaluation document, and the introduction of a newly redesigned ONCC website. read more

The ONCC announced the launch of WebTrak, a “real time” flight tracking system for O’Hare International Airport, provided by the Chicago Department of Aviation. 

Residents will now be able to identify and obtain information on specific aircraft via the Internet flight tracker provided by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA). They can identify individual locations of interest, such as one’s home or school, on a map that features O’Hare flights. Aircraft data also include flight number and current altitude.

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Launch WebTrak

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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will soon begin work on the next step in a multi-year effort to update the scientific evidence on the relationship between aircraft noise exposure and its effects on communities around airports.

"The FAA is sensitive to public concerns about aircraft noise. We understand the interest in expediting this research, and we will complete this work as quickly as possible," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. "This Administration takes its responsibility to be responsive to communities' concerns over air noise seriously. Our work is intended to give the public an opportunity to provide perspective and viewpoints on a very important issue." read more

ONCC welcomes Ginger Evans, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s choice to be Chicago's new aviation commissioner. She comes to Chicago from her former post as vice president of engineering for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

Evans, an over 30-year veteran of the engineering and aviation industry, worked at the Washington airport authority for just one year. Prior to that position, she served as the vice-president for the global aviation practice at Parsons Corp., an engineering and construction giant.

In Washington, Evans managed construction at Reagan National and Dulles International airports, construction of the Silver Line Metrorail project and maintenance of the Dulles Toll Road. Long-term development planning also fell under her roster of duties.

“ONCC is very excited to meet and work with Ginger Evans, especially as we prepare our updated strategic plan this summer to explore ways to further mitigate aircraft noise for O’Hare-area residents,” said Mayor Arlene A. Juracek, ONCC chair.

“Her credentials are very impressive and ONCC members welcome her to our meetings.”

Mayor Emanuel said the study will benefit Chicago residents by allowing more homes to qualify for O'Hare’s Residential Sound Insulation Program. 

Noise complaints from residents near O'Hare have soared since flight paths changed to an east/west flow with the completion of Runway 10C/28C in October 2013.

The nationwide survey will review the national day-night average sound level 65 dB, which would create a better understanding of the annoyance level of residents who live near airports.

Officials say Chicago will spend approximately $120 million insulating 4,700 residences over the next 3-5 years, in addition to spending nearly $700 million in the communities neighboring both O'Hare and Midway International Airport