At its Annual Meeting on Friday, May 5, The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) celebrated its 20th Anniversary. The membership approved the slate of officers for the 2017-18 term. Current officers, who include Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene Juracek, chair, Joseph Annunzio, vice chair, and Dr. Raymond Kuper, treasurer, were nominated and approved to continue for additional terms.

 Carl Burleson, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Deputy Assistant Administrator of Policy, International Affairs, and Environment spoke at the meeting. Mr. Burleson recognized ONCC as a model for community engagement. Burleson's presentation addressed the following topics:

  • Status of a nationwide survey regarding the national standard of 65 DNL for sound insulation.

The FAA recently conducted a Noise Annoyance (DNL 65) Study on Community Noise Issues, collecting a total of over 10,000 individual responses from residents around 20 US airports. Mr. Burleson shared that the results were expected to be released later this year. A public review and comment process would be expected to begin in late 2017 or early 2018 once the FAA will determine what additional steps may be appropriate given the survey results and accompanying research. Following that, internal FAA and USG interagency coordination will be conducted prior to commencing a public review and comment process. The public process is likely to start later this year or early next. Any decision to change aviation noise significance levels will most likely be in 2018.

  • FAA Technology and Operations Research

The FAA is continuing to accelerate the development and introduction of new airframe and engine technologies under the Continuous Lower Energy Emissions and Noise Program (CLEEN). In 2016, they initiated the second phase of the program through 2020. The program conducts ground and/or flight test demonstrations to accelerate maturation of certifiable aircraft and engine technologies. CLEEN is an FAA led public-private partnership with 50-50 cost share from industry.

  • Community Involvement Manual

High-level policy document that highlights FAA’s commitment to inform and involve the public and give meaningful consideration to community concerns.

Noise Certification Standard Rulemaking required for Stage 5, which applies to new airplane design on or after December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2020 depending on airplane takeoff weight.
Sets a lower noise limit for newly certificated airplanes and harmonizes the U.S. noise certification standards with those certificated under international standards.

  • The FAA published the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Stage 5 rule in January 2016.

The rulemaking has been finalized and is currently awaiting Administration review prior to publication.

Other updates from the meeting include review by City of Chicago staff reviewed of ANMS reports for February and March 2017. Technical Chair Catherine Dunlap provided a report on the March Technical Committee meeting. Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Chair Joe Annunzio gave an update on the 12-week Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test 2 that is currently taking place.

The next ONCC Meeting is scheduled for June 2, 2017 at 8:00 am.


FAA Presentation

ANMS Reports

February 2017

March 2017

Technical Committee Update

Fly Quiet Rotation Test 2