The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) will hold its Annual Meeting on Friday, May 5, 2017. The meeting starts at 8:00 a.m. and will be held at Cafe La Cave - 2777 S. Mannheim Road, Des Plaines, IL.

At the meeting, the full membership will approve 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, are expected to be nominated to continue for an additional term. The organization is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, which will also be highlighted at the meeting.

Carl Burleson, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Deputy Assistant Administrator of Policy, International Affairs, and Environment has been invited to speak at Friday's meeting. Mr. Burleson is expected to address the status of a nationwide survey regarding the national standard of 65 DNL for sound insulation, and the Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program. CLEEN is the FAA's principal environmental effort to accelerate the development of new aircraft and engine technologies and advance sustainable alternative jet fuels.

On the anniversary, ONCC Chair and Mayor of Mount Prospect, Arlene Juracek remarked: "The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission is 20 years strong and still committed to the original agreement it made with the City of Chicago – ‘to mitigate O’Hare aircraft noise through sound insulation programs and technological advancements in the aircraft industry.’”

Over the past 20 years, approximately $350 million has been spent to sound insulate 124 schools in Chicago and suburban communities to ensure that students and educators have a quiet learning environment. That program was completed in 2016 under guidelines set forth in the FAA’s 2005 Record of Decision for O’Hare’s modernization program.

Twenty years ago, the City of Chicago also announced that airlines operating at O’Hare had agreed to abate nighttime noise through a voluntary program—Fly Quiet. The program encouraged pilots and air traffic controllers to use designated preferential runways and flight tracks developed by the Chicago Department Aviation (CDA) and ONCC.

Over the past year, the Commission’s efforts have been focused on the Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee and Runway Rotation Test. ONCC has worked with CDA, Suburban O’Hare Commission and citizen groups to develop a runway rotation plan to balance the nighttime noise until full build out.

As a result of their deliberations, in spring 2016, ONCC members approved a six-month runway rotation test that ended in late December and voted in March 2017 for a second runway rotation test that started April 30, 2017.

ONCC continues to be relevant as the organization faces new and complicated challenges. The Fly Quiet program will need to be revised for interim conditions and full build out, schools may need to be revisited for sound insulation improvements, residents living under narrow flight paths caused by NextGen technology will need advocates, the air traffic control industry, if privatized, will raise new issues regarding noise standards, and technological advancements, which will reduce noise and carbon footprints, may take longer than anticipated.

ONCC, an inter-governmental agency representing over 2.1 million residents living in 52 municipalities, school districts, and Cook and DuPage counties, is dedicated to mitigating aircraft noise from O’Hare International Airport.

ONCC member communities include: Addison, Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Chicago including Wards 36, 38, 39, 40, 41, 45, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Hanover Park, Harwood Heights, Hoffman Estates, Itasca, Lincolnwood, Maywood, Melrose Park, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northlake, Palatine, Park Ridge, River Forest, River Grove, Rolling Meadows, Rosemont, Schaumburg, Schiller Park, South Barrington, Stone Park, Wayne, Wood Dale, Cook County and DuPage County. ONCC member school districts: 59, 63, 64, 80, 81, 84, 84.5, 85.5, 86, 87, 89, 100, 214, 234, 299, and 401.