The ONCC Fly Quiet Committee met on July 19, 2018.

20180719 ONCC Evans Award 400

ONCC Chairman and Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene Juracek was in attendance to present a proclamation of appreciation to departing Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Ginger Evans. Mayor Juracek congratulated the Commissioner on her success in completion of the parallel runway modernization at O’Hare, as well as in negotiating the O’Hare 21 Terminal Redevelopment Plan. Mayor Juracek stated that she appreciated Commissioner Evans’ efforts to work collaboratively with the Commission to find creative solutions. Juracek thanked Evans for bringing respect and support to the Commission, and for recognizing the important role that noise management plays in the success of the airport.

The Committee then discussed and reviewed its mission statement/objectives/guiding principles. A change was suggested to add the term “noise reduction” to the first two guiding principles. The mission statement/objectives/guiding principles were approved as amended.

The Committee discussed the work plan. Fly Quiet Chairman Joe Annunzio said he would work with the Executive Committee and Technical Committee Chair Catherine Dunlap in the coming months to discuss timing of specific items included in the work plan and scheduling of potential joint meetings between the Fly Quiet and Technical Committees.

CDA Consultant Ryan Anderson of Landrum & Brown gave a presentation of Airport 101. The purpose of this presentation was to lay the foundation for the committee members so all members were coming at the issue from the same basic knowledge point. View Airport 101 Presentation

The next Fly Quiet Committee meeting is scheduled for August 23, 2018 at 9:30 am at the Aviation Administration Building.


The May 2018 ANMS Report is now available to view online. 

May 2018

Most used departure runway: 9R – 32% 
10L departures increased by 3pp from April 2018 
28R departures decreased by 4pp from April 2018

pp = Percentage Points


Most used arrival runway: 10C – 27%
10R arrivals increased by 2pp from April 2018
27L arrivals decreased by 2pp from April 2018

pp = Percentage Points

Total Complaints: 50,002
Total Complainants: 12,041

The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) Fly Quiet Committee met on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

Chairman Annunzio stated that the goal of the meeting was to review and discuss the committee’s Mission Statement, Objectives and Work Plan. The objective of the committee is for members to gain a better understanding of airport operations so they can review and revise the Fly Quiet Proposal within the 18-month post-OMP full buildout timeframe. The Fly Quiet Committee Mission Statement is:

The ONCC acknowledges that aircraft noise at night affects the residents in communities around Chicago O'Hare International Airport (O'Hare) and that conditions have changed and will continue to change with completion of the OMP in 2021. The ONCC desires to evaluate ways to modify the Fly Quiet Program and make recommendations to the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) based on ONCC consensus.

Chairman Annunzio stressed that attendance was key to a positive outcome and urged members not to miss meetings. Committee members were invited to share their goals and expectations for the committee. There was general consensus that a solution should be achieved with a regional approach, using a collaborative process. Members sited identifying proposals that would be feasible and practical to be implemented in the time frame that exists. Members stated that the proposal should be as equitable as possible, sharing nighttime noise geographically.

Objectives and Guiding Principles
The members reviewed and discussed the Objectives and Guiding Principles for the Fly Quiet Committee.

It was noted that the committee should adopt a protocol addressing contingencies such as construction, maintenance schedules, weather and other impacts to Fly Quiet. The importance of a transparent communication process was stressed.

Work Plan
Members reviewed the proposed Work Plan and made the following suggestions:

  • Incorporate some Fly Quiet Committee meetings with Technical Committee meetings
  • Start the process with headings, they were the most difficult
  • Incorporate simulation of headings to understand the length of runway, speed, size of aircraft
  • Work with experts who create models for the FAA. The committee could look at the departure headings and all the tests done to date. It would be a good place to start and understand the process.
  • Know the timeline dates to take recommendations to CDA and FAA.
    • An aggressive timeline would be end of 2020.
    • CDA anticipates closing Runway 9R/27L most of 2021.
    • It is one year to do environmental evaluation

After all discussions and concerns, Fly Quiet leadership recommended taking suggestions to CDA and L&B to revise Objectives, Guiding Principles and Work Plan Schedule.

The next Fly Quiet Committee Meeting is scheduled for July 19, 2018 at the Aviation Administration Building, 10510 Zemke Blvd., Chicago, IL.

Commission members attended a workshop on Friday, June 16. 2018 that included presentations of Airport 101 and Noise 101. See below for presentations and materials. 

Introduction to Noise

Airport 101

Noise 101

The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission met on June 1, 2018

The Commission welcomed Dr. Belur Shivashankara (Shankar) of Boeing. Dr. Shankar is the Senior Technical Fellow and Executive responsible for innovating and incorporating low noise technologies at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He has led several major noise technology programs supporting various airplane programs including 747,777, 737, and 787 airplanes.

The following are upcoming flight inspections in the Chicago area:

Runway: 28L
Date: 06/07 @ 1430z
Purpose: RNAV Procedures

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.