O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC)
Alderman Arena sits on the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC). This Commission works directly with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to come up with solutions to reduce and balance jet noise pollution for all living near O’Hare. The FAA just recently approved the Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test Plan. This plan rotates the runways used for landings and departures overnight. On July 6, a six-month test began.
A critical component to determining the impact of this test is through community feedback. The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is collecting comments and data to analyze throughout the test period in order to determine the plan’s effectiveness in abating aircraft noise. You can provide feedback, learn about the test plan, and view the weekly rotation by visiting the CDA’s website.
Second Fly Quiet Rotation Test to Begin April 30
In collaboration with the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), the O’Hare Noise Control Commission (ONCC), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), I am pleased to announce that a second round of the Fly Quiet runway rotation program will start on April 30 and run for 12 weeks. The decision to enter a second rotation test was made based on overwhelmingly positive survey feedback and data collected during the first pilot program, which ended Dec. 25, 2016. The Fly Quiet runway rotation test was first implemented in July 2016, after receiving approval in May 2016.
Similar to last year, the plan will rotate on a weekly basis the runways used between 10 PM and 5 AM. By rotating runway usage during Fly Quiet, night time noise is shared by communities around O’Hare rather than being concentrated over our neighborhoods.
The second runway rotation test should help alleviate the amount of noise Northwest Side residents endure overnight while we await final approval from the FAA for a permanent rotation plan. A schedule of the runway rotation schedule is available online.
As a member of the ONCC and the ad-hoc Fly Quiet Committee, I am pleased with the collaborative efforts put forward by the CDA, ONCC, and FAA to improve the quality of life for those living in our community. I especially want to thank the members of the Suburban O’Hare Commission who have been partners in creating this equitable noise sharing relationship. We all benefit from the economic engine that is O’Hare, and we are all working to find innovative solutions to the challenges a complex airfield imposes on the communities that surround it.
File a Noise Complaint
Filing jet noise complaints allows the ONCC to use the data to identify patterns and come up with solutions to mitigate the impact of the noise pollution. You file a noise complaint online, by calling my office, or calling 311.
Sound Proof Grant Opportunities
Eligibility for soundproofing is determined by whether or not the resident lives within the FAA’s estimated average 65-decibel area for when the airport is built out. Unfortunately, no one living in the 45th Ward is currently eligible for sound insulation. To determine if a home falls within the noise contour or qualifies for free soundproofing, visit the CDA’s website.
The FAA, with pressure from Congressman Quigley, is conducting a survey that could result in lowering the decibel threshold and consequently increase the number of homes that would qualify for free soundproofing. This study is expected to be completed by the end of the year.