The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission Technical Committee met on Tuesday, May 22 at the Mount Prospect Village Hall. The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) staff updated members on the permanent and portable noise monitors, Fly Quiet 1st Quarter 2018 Report, Fly Quiet Manual revisions, the aircraft noise complaint system, and the Interim Fly Quiet status.

Noise Monitors
CDA staff reported that the Bensenville monitor permit and ComEd have been resolved. The paperwork has been revised and is awaiting approval by the City of Chicago Procurement Department. The monitor is expected to be operational within the next two weeks. The three Chicago monitors located in Wards 40, 41 and 39 are still in the planning process. Ward 40 has a site location and they are in the process of confirming the other locations with the respective aldermen’s office.

Long-term portable noise monitors are deployed for 3 month periods. One is currently deployed in Bloomingdale. Site C in Itasca has been replaced by a permanent noise monitor. Site D is deployed to Ward 39.

The March average for long-term portable noise monitors measured 56.6 DNL in Chicago. View Report

Currently, there is one long-term portable noise monitored deployed in Wood Dale through July 2018.

Fly Quiet Report—First Quarter 2018

  • The average start time for Fly Quiet Mode (FQM)—10:36 p.m. /The average stop time—5:47 a.m.
  • The average nightly time in FQM—7:11/The average nightly operations in FQM—94
  • Departures—most used nighttime departure runway—28R – 49%
  • Arrivals—most used nighttime arrival runway—27L – 38%
  • Complaints—total number of complaints—73,897 from 29,389 complainants

For complete information, click here.

Fly Quiet Manual
CDA staff engaged in a discussion with the committee on recommended changes needed for the Fly Quiet Manual and how to display information. Recommendations included removing departure procedures for the decommissioned Runway 15/33, relocating the Ground Run-up Enclosure on the location map, update the Airport Layout Diagram page, remove Runway 15/33 on the Land Use page and consolidate the Preferential Runway Use Configuration pages to illustrate Runway 15/33 decommissioning.

Aircraft Noise Complaint System
The City of Chicago IT Department and 311 System staff are ready to work with the CDA to update the complaint system. CDA staff posed questions to the Technical Committee members for their thoughts and remarks:

1. Should CDA continue to allow anonymous complaint calls?

  • Anonymity – Name, specific address, community
  • Can we ask for location and protect residents’ privacy?
  • Are there too many questions on the complaint form?

2. How do we improve customer service?

  • Should we have a response to complaints?

Interim Fly Quiet Report
Amy Hansen, Environmental Specialist for the FAA, reported that the contract for the third-party consultant for the Interim Fly Quiet (IFQ) environmental impact study had been approved. They have begun feeding information into the computer models. She estimates that the process will take approximately one year from April 2018 to complete. The FAA will begin planning workshops and will have more information regarding scheduling to share with the Technical Committee the next time they meet in August.

Once approved, the IFQ will be in effect until the commissioning of Runway 9C/27C in November 2020.

A380 Service to O’Hare
The committee was presented with a footprint of the A380 several years ago when the plane was put into service at other airports. O’Hare International Airport welcomed the arrival of British Airway’s Airbus A380 on May 4, 2018. It is the world’s largest passenger aircraft in operation to Chicago. It was the start of the first regularly scheduled A380 service, now offered daily between Chicago and London. The flight can accommodate 469 passengers in four cabins and two full decks. A new gate to accommodate the Group IV aircraft has been added to Terminal 5.

Tours and Workshops
CDA staff will conduct an Airport 101 Workshop on June 15, 2018 at the administration building at 9:30 a.m. and host an O’Hare Airfield Tour on July 25, 2018. For more information click here.

The next Technical Committee Meeting is scheduled for August 14, 2018 at the Mount Prospect Village Hall. 

The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission Annual Meeting was held on Friday, May 4.

Ad Hoc Nominating Committee Chair Mayor Jeffrey Sherwin of Northlake announced the committee’s proposed slate of officers for the coming year. Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene Juracek, Joseph Annunzio of Niles and Dr. Raymond Kuper were each re-elected to serve another term in their respective positions of Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the Commission.

Mayor Juracek presented the 2017 Annual Report, highlighting the Commission’s accomplishments of the past year. click here to view

The panel discussion on Departures was introduced. The idea for the discussion stemmed from a meeting ONCC Leadership had with representatives of the FAA, O’Hare Tower management and United Airlines at the Great Lakes Regional FAA office to addressed concerns about departure turns and flight paths. Mayor Juracek thought it would be a beneficial subject to cover at an ONCC general meeting.

Panel members included:

  • Bill Tracey is the General Manager of Air Traffic Services for the Chicago area. Mr. Tracey has been with the FAA in Chicago for 33 years as an Air Traffic Controller and Manager.
  • Tim Raynor has been with American Airlines for 20 years and is currently a 737 Captain, flying both domestic and international routes. He has been a Chief Pilot in ORD for a total of 3 years
  • Bo Ellis has been with United Airlines for 34 Years and is currently a 777 Captain, flying both domestic and international routes. He has been a Chief Pilot in LAX and ORD for a total of 11 years.
  • Glenn Morse, Director of Industry Affairs, Network Operations Control (NOC) for United Airlines, responsible for industry coordination and outreach in matters relating to NextGen, ATC policies and procedures, airport operations, and aircraft noise.
  • Aaron Frame is the Deputy Commissioner of Environment for the Chicago Department of Aviation. In that role, Mr. Frame manages the environmental and noise programs for Chicago O’Hare and Chicago Midway International Airports.

Click here to view Panel Discussion Summary

Click here to view the documents provided

Also at the meeting:

Fly Quiet Committee
The Commission voted in March to make this formerly ad hoc committee a full committee, due to the important impact the Fly Quiet Program has on noise mitigation. At the May 4 meeting, the membership of the Fly Quiet Committee was announced. The original members will remain on the committee including Bensenville, Chicago Ward 41, Chicago Ward 45, Des Plaines, Harwood Heights, Niles, River Grove, Schaumburg and Schiller Park. Elmhurst and Wood Dale were chosen as additional members.

March ANMS Report click here to view

Technical Committee Report – April 17, 2018 click here to view

Next ONCC Meeting June 1, 8:00 am at Café la Cave. Jeanie Yu, Director of Technology Integration for Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) will be the featured speaker on the topic “Accelerating Innovation for Community Noise and Emissions Reduction.”

The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission Technical Committee met on Tuesday, April 17 at the Mount Prospect Village Hall. The Chicago Department of Aviation and Federal Aviation Administration staff updated members on the permanent and portable noise monitors, updated noise monitor fact sheets and charts, the noise complaint system, and the Interim Fly Quiet status.

Overnight flight tests are planned for the nights of April 22-25 for Runway 10R. Testing will begin after 10 PM and may occur for a couple of hours. The dates for the testing are weather contingent.Overnight flight tests are planned for the nights of April 22-25 for Runway 10R. Testing will begin after 10 PM and may occur for a couple of hours. The dates for the testing are weather contingent.
 
In addition, lower altitude tests (a couple of flights with the FAA aircraft) are planned during the day on April 28 for the same certification purpose.

The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission met on Friday, April 13. The following items were discussed:

  • Report of the Chicago Department of Aviation
    • ANMS February 2018 Report – CDA consultants presented the report. Of note was a considerable drop in the number of noise complaints due to the implementation of the CAPTCHA feature on the CDA web site.

    • Update on the Residential Sound Insulation Program - Testing on the defective windows continues. Residents experiencing issues can call 773-894-3636 to request a visit by an inspector.

    • O’Hare 21 Terminal Redevelopment Overview -  View Presentation
      Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner, Ginger Evans, presented an overview of the recently approved Terminal Redevelopment Plan for O’Hare. 

Flight checks for the Runway 28C ILS system are planned for Sunday night/Monday morning starting at 11 PM on Sunday, weather contingent.

The Residential Sound Insulation Committee met on Tuesday, March 21 at the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Building. CDA staff updated members on the construction and completion status of Phase 17 and the bid process already underway for historical homes.The Residential Sound Insulation Committee met on Tuesday, March 21 at the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Building. CDA staff updated members on the construction and completion status of Phase 17 and the bid process already underway for historical homes.