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.
Fly Quiet Plan to Go Before the CDA and FAA for Final Approval
On Friday, I voted to permanently implement the Fly Quiet Rotation plan.
After tracking the number of noise complaints throughout the two rotation tests, the ONCC indicated a spike in complaints last December after the first test concluded and again in October after the second test concluded. Throughout both test periods, the ONCC received overwhelmingly positive feedback and data about the program.
Similar to the two preliminary tests, today’s vote was to implement a plan that rotates the runways used between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am on a weekly basis. The runway rotation balances the night time noise that is shared by all communities surrounding O’Hare rather than being concentrated over our neighborhoods.
Today’s 51-8 vote means the plan will now go to the Chicago Department of Aviation, who will then make a formal request to the Federal Aviation Administration for final approval.
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, the ONCC, the FAA, and FAiR Chicago to improve the quality of life for those living in our community.
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.