Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee News

  • ONCC Membership Approves Interim Fly Quiet Nighttime Runway Rotation Plan

    December 8, 2017

    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.

    ONCC formed an ad hoc Fly Quiet Committee in September 2015 as a result of the CDA’s recommendation to modify the existing Fly Quiet Program. Fly Quiet is a voluntary nighttime noise abatement program at O’Hare that is in effect from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. The committee’s purpose was to review, modify and make recommendations regarding nighttime noise abatement procedures at O’Hare.

    The committee has overseen a series of three runway rotation tests, in order to find the best solution to balance nighttime noise impacts. Test 1, which was in place from July – December 2016, was intended to evaluate a condition that could be in place until Runway 14R-32L (later renamed Runway 15-33) is permanently closed. Test 2 ran from April – July 2017 and its purpose was to test the capabilities of the different configurations after responding to FAA concerns from Test 1, as well as test new configurations that were not included in the original test. Test 3, in effect from July – October 2017, was conducted to test a condition that could be in place from Runway 15-33 decommissioning until Runway 9C-27C commissioning.

    The rotation plan approved by the commission today is essentially the same runway rotation plan that was followed in Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test 3. The plan features an eight-week rotation plan with six configurations arranged to alternate each week between parallel and diagonal runways, and rotating east flow and west flow.

    “I appreciate the work by all members of the ad hoc Fly Quiet Committee,” said Committee Chair Joe Annunzio, representing the Village of Niles. “It hasn’t been an easy process, but the solution that we reached will hopefully have positive results for those most effected by nighttime noise.”

    In her remarks, ONCC Chair Arlene Juracek supported the effort, stating that Option A best met the goals and guidelines outlined by the committee at the start of the runway rotation process—to provide near-term relief; to reduce impacts to the highest impacted communities; and to provide predictability to the nearest extent possible.

    Chicago Alderman John Arena, 45th Ward stated, “We sit on this body not only to represent our constituents, but to represent the region as a whole. We cannot allow things to devolve into tribal instincts. The communities to the east and west of the airport have been deluged by noise for decades. The reality is there is no perfect solution. All we are asking is that we approach the situation with a sense of fairness, and shared burden as well as benefit.”

    Now that the ONCC has approved the Interim Fly Quiet Rotation, the CDA will work to prepare and submit a request to the FAA so that it can begin its environmental review process as soon as possible.

    “The Interim Fly Quiet rotation is a critical part of the CDA’s mission to be a good neighbor and reduce noise exposure for the communities most heavily impacted as O’Hare’s airfield modernization continues,” said CDA Commissioner Ginger S. Evans. “Looking ahead, we will continue partnering with the ONCC and with the FAA to ensure the Interim Fly Quiet rotation provides even greater predictability and quieter conditions for our neighbors.”

    “As I have expressed previously, ONCC best serves all members if we adopt a regional approach,” Juracek said. “Considering the factors, I believe adopting an Interim Fly Quiet Plan Option A is the best course of action. I feel this option represents an equitable balance of relief to communities surrounding O’Hare.”

    Mayor Juracek thanked the ad hoc Fly Quiet Committee, the CDA and its consultants, SOC and its consultants, FAiR, the FAA and ONCC members “for their time, commitment and suggestions to bring a balanced approach to abate nighttime aircraft noise to the O’Hare region.”

    The FAA review will include a public participation process, during which ONCC as well as impacted communities will provide input. The FAA will accept written comments from the public and will host public workshops to share information and answer questions from residents. The FAA's analysis will disclose the impacts of the proposed plan, impacts without the proposed plan and possibly an additional alternative. The FAA will also determine if it can approve the proposal.

    CDA staff noted that the rotation plan would be effected by pavement rehabilitation that will take place on Runway 4L-22R in 2019, and similar work on Runway 4R-22L planned for 2020.

    ONCC is an inter-governmental agency representing over 2.1 million residents in 40 communities, 19 school districts and Cook and DuPage Counties, and is dedicated to mitigating aircraft noise from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

    Option A

  • Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee Votes To Recommend Interim Fly Quiet Plan to Full Membership

    November 17, 2017

    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.

  • O’Hare Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test 3 Has Begun

    July 26, 2017

    O’Hare Airport's Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test 3 started the evening of July 23, 2017.O’Hare Airport's Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test 3 started the evening of July 23, 2017.

    This is the third in a series of runway rotation tests designed to provide near-term relief, reduce nighttime noise to the highest impacted communities and provide predictability by publishing a rotation schedule that allows citizens to predict periods of relief to the extent possible.

    Test 3 was approved by the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) general membership in June, and was then submitted by the Chicago Department of Aviation to the Federal Aviation Administration for its approval. The test will be in place for a period of 12 weeks and incorporates 5 runways: 4L/22R, 9R/27L, 10L/28R, 10C/28C and 22L/4R. Test 3 does not include runway 15/33 which is slated to be decommissioned in spring 2018. Each new week will begin on Sunday evening at 10 p.m. or when demand allows for one arrival and one departure runway.

  • FAA Approves Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test 3

    July 7, 2017

    The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has obtained approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test 3, which is scheduled to begin on July 23, 2017.The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has obtained approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test 3, which is scheduled to begin on July 23, 2017.The membership of the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) voted on June 2 to approve the test, which was then sent to the FAA for approval. The test is scheduled to start immediately following the conclusion of Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test 2, which has been in effect since April 30, 2017 and will end July 23, 2017. The purpose of conducting a third test is to test in real time a runway rotation without the use of Runway 15/33 which is slated to be decommissioned in the spring of 2018.

    CDA Test 3 Submittal to FAA

    FAA Test 3 Approval

  • ONCC Approves Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test 3

    June 2, 2017

    The membership of the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission voted today to approve a third Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test. The test would be expected to start immediately following the conclusion of Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test 2, which has been in effect since April 30, 2017 and will end July 23, 2017.

    The purpose of conducting a third test was to test in real time a runway rotation without the use of Runway 15/33 which is slated to be decommissioned in the spring of 2018.

  • Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee Approves Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test 3; Proposal Moves to Full ONCC at June 2 General Meeting

    May 26, 2017

    At the Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee meeting on May 19, the committee reviewed and discussed a proposal to conduct a third Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test.

    Test 3 incorporates 5 runways: 4L/22R, 22L/9R, 10L/28R, 10C/28C and 22L/4R. Test 3 does not include runway 15/33 which is slated to be decommissioned in Spring 2018. One of the reasons provided to conduct a Test 3 was for residents to experience the interim conditions without runway 15/33 so CDA could develop an Interim Fly Quiet Program that would be in place once the runway closes.

  • Fly Quiet Test 2 - Links and Survey

    May 1, 2017

    Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test 2 started the evening of April 30, 2017. 

    Test 2 will be in place for a period of 12 weeks. Each new week will begin on Sunday evening at 10 p.m. or after when demand allows for one arrival and one departure runway.

    Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test 2 features 10 total configurations in a 12- week rotation. Five of the configurations are modified from the original test. Two of the configuration changes were based on FAA feedback, two based on ameliorating heavy runway use and one based on a desire to reduce the number of mixed-use/single runway configurations.

    Complete schedules and more information is available at: www.flychicago.com/flyquiettest. Residents are also encouraged to fill out the survey in order to provide feedback, available on the web site or here

  • City of Chicago Department of Aviation Proposes Fly Quiet Rotation Test 3

    April 25, 2017

    The Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee met on April 25, 2017.

    Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) staff provided a presentation on Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test 2 which will begin the evening of Sunday, April 30. The duration of the test is 12 weeks. The rotation schedule features 6 diagonal and 6 parallel configurations and 6 east flow and 6 west flow configurations in order to balance the impact of nighttime noise. 

  • ONCC Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee Recommends Second Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test

    February 23, 2017

    The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee met today and voted to recommend a second Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test. The original test took place from July – December 2016. The proposed Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test 2 now moves to the full ONCC membership for approval at its March meeting. If approved, the second test could start as early as this spring.

  • Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee Meeting Materials - 2/8/2017

    February 8, 2017

    Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee Test Rotation Presentation - 2/8/2017

    Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee Test Rotation Report - 2/8/2017

  • Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee Meeting Summary and Materials - 11/30/16

    November 30, 2016

    The Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee met on November 30. The committee reviewed data from the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) regarding the first 12 weeks of the Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test.

    The committee also reviewed the Regulatory Process as established by the FAA regarding the test, noting that the test was permissible under FAA Order 1050.1F, Paragraph 5-6.5n which states:

    1) the test does not exceed more than 6 months;
    2) the test was requested by the City in response to mitigating noise concerns and
    3) the test data collected will be used to assess the operational and noise impacts of the test.

    The Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee will reconvene on Wednesday, Feb. 8 2017. At that time, CDA will present data and analysis including survey results on the entire duration of the 25 week Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test.

    Meeting materials are below. More details can be found at http://www.airportprojects.net/flyquiettest/

    Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test - Weeks 1 - 12 Summary

    Fly Quiet Report - Weeks 1 - 20

    Rotation Test Approval Document

  • Changes to Runway Rotation - Week of 11/6/16

    November 1, 2016

    The CDA has updated the Runway Rotation Test schedule for the Week of November 6th. Because the pavement rehabilitation for Runway 10L-28R will continue during the that week, a previously identified construction alternative has been confirmed as necessary for the rotation schedule.

    Specifically for the week of November 6th, we removed the arrival and departure arrows for Runway 10L-28R and kept the construction alternative arrows for arrivals and departures on Runways 9R-27L and 10C-28C. We also changed the black flag “Construction Status Pending” to a yellow flag “Updated 10/28/2016”.

    Updated Schedule (as of 10/28/16)

     

  • Change to Runway Rotation Test - Week of 10/23/16

    October 15, 2016

    The CDA has updated the Runway Rotation Test schedule for the Week of October 23rd.  Because the pavement rehabilitation for Runway 10L-28R will continue during the week of October 23rd, a construction alternative is necessary for the rotation schedule.  Specifically, aircraft arrivals in the secondary configuration will now be on Runway 10C-28C, not 10L-28R as originally planned.  The CDA has therefore updated the arrow icons and added a yellow flag for the week of October 23rd.

    25-Week Test Rotation Schedule - Week of 10/23/16

  • Update: Runway Rotation Test schedule for the Week of 9/11/16

    September 6, 2016

    The CDA has updated the Runway Rotation Test schedule for the Week of September 11th. When the CDA submitted the rotation schedule the FAA, we had anticipated construction on Runway 10L-28R for pavement rehabilitation during the week of September 11th, and had therefore identified a construction alternative of Runway 10C-28C as the rotation runway. The CDA has confirmed that Runway 10L-28R will be in construction for nighttime hours during the week of September 11th, and that the construction alternative is needed.

    Therefore we modified the schedule to remove the arrival arrow on 10L in the primary configuration; the secondary configuration remains unchanged. We have also changed the black flag “Construction Status Pending” to a yellow flag “Updated 9/2/2016”.

    All versions of the Fly Quiet rotation schedule are updated and posted to the project website at www.flychicago.com/flyquiettest.

    Updated Fly Quiet Test Rotation Schedule (9/2/16)

  • CDA Updates the Runway Rotation Test schedule for the Week of 8/14/16

    August 9, 2016

    When the CDA submitted the rotation schedule to the FAA, they anticipated construction on Runway 10L-28R for pavement rehabilitation during the week of August 14 and subsequently identified a construction alternative of Runway 10C-28C as the rotation runway.  Runway 10L-28R will not be in construction during the week of August 14 as planned and the construction alternative of Runway 10C-28C will no longer needed. CDA reverted back to the original plan of utilizing Runway 10L-28R as the single rotation runway for the week of August 14 .

  • O’Hare Runway Rotation Plan Gets Green Light

    July 5, 2016

    Test goes into effect on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

    The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved a six-month test of a Fly Quiet II Runway Rotation Plan to bring nighttime noise relief to residents living near O’Hare International Airport. 

    The Fly Quiet II Runway Rotation Plan, developed by the ONCC in conjunction with  the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), Suburban O’Hare Commission and  the Fair Allocation in Runways Coalition, will achieve a more balanced distribution of overnight noise exposure for Chicago and suburban communities.

    The test consists of 12 weekly primary and secondary runway configurations that will be rotated over 25 weeks and goes into effect on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. ONCC membership approved the weekly runway rotation plan in May by an overwhelming majority vote.

  • Chicago Department of Aviation Submits O'Hare Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Plan to Federal Aviation Administration

    June 20, 2016

    The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) today formally submitted the Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Plan for O’Hare International Airport to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for review and approval. The proposed plan, which would be the first of its kind in the country, is designed to achieve a more balanced distribution of noise exposure during the overnight hours for Chicago and suburban communities surrounding O’Hare.

  • Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Program Nears Implementation

    June 16, 2016

    The Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee met on Tuesday, June 14 for an update briefing from the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) regarding the six-month Runway Rotation Program (RRP)scheduled for O'Hare International Airport in early July.

    The CDA reported that they are working closely with the FAA to implement the plan as early as possible this summer. The goal of CDA is to balance airfield construction, scheduled for both the north and south airfields, with the RRP schedule. Construction will impact the rotation schedule and an additional alternate runway may have to be in place.

    The committee reviewed the Fly Quiet II Adherence Metrics designed to measure the test, which included operational percentages, actual noise levels and citizen feedback. CDA will post the start and end time of Fly Quiet and the average duration of time for each weekly period on a designated website.

    Fly Quiet Rotation Test Adherence Metrics

  • CDA Presents 1st Quarter 2016 Fly Quiet Report; Reviews Airport Noise Capacity Act (ANCA)

    May 17, 2016

    Chicago Department of Aviation consultant presented the 1st Quarter 2016 Fly Quiet Report and a review of Airport Noise Capacity Act (ANCA)to the ONCC Technical Committee at the May meeting.

    Under the Fly Quiet Report, the most used nighttime arrival runway was 27L with 38 percent or approximately 48 arrivals; Runway 28C had 23 percent of nighttime arrivals. Runway 28R had the most nighttime departures with 38 percent or approximately 39 operations; Runway 32L had 27 percent of nighttime departures. American, United, Spirit and Envoy airlines were the commercial carriers with the highest number of nighttime flights.

    Nighttime flight track deviations have been reduced considerably due to increased awareness of the Fly Quiet program by the O’Hare Air Traffic Control Tower management. ONCC continues to meet with tower managers to review compliance to voluntary procedures.

  • ONCC Approves Runway Rotation Plan to Balance O’Hare Nighttime Noise

    May 6, 2016
    By an overwhelming majority, the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC)  today approved a weekly nighttime runway rotation plan for O’Hare International Airport. 
     
    The Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Plan, developed by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), in consultation with CDA and Suburban O’Hare Commission (SOC) aviation experts, seeks to establish a weekly runway rotation program at O’Hare during overnight hours that is designed to achieve a more balanced distribution of noise exposure for Chicago and suburban communities.