Fly Quiet Plan to Go Before the CDA and FAA for Final Approval

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.