O'Hare Noise Information and Resources

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O'Hare Interim Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Plan Scheduled to Begin November 3

    The Interim Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Plan (IFQ) is scheduled to begin on Sunday, November 3, 2019. For each week, a primary and secondary runway use configuration is provided to accommodate potential changes in wind direction. The IFQ will be in place until May 2020 when pavement rehab is scheduled to take place on Runway 4R/22L. The IFQ will return in September 2020 and remain through February 2021 when construction on the Runway 9R extension begins. ONCC formed an ad hoc Fly Quiet Committee in September 2015 as a result of the Chicago Department of Aviation’s recommendation to modify the existing Fly Quiet Program. Fly Quiet is a voluntary nighttime noise abatement program at O’Hare that is in effect from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.  The ONCC Fly Quiet Committee is now considering options for FQ21 – a new Fly Quiet plan to be in place once the O’Hare Modernization Plan is completed and full build-out is reached.

    Click here to view the schedule

    Federal Aviation Administration Releases Final Re-Evaluation Report for the Proposed Interim Fly Quiet Plan

    The Interim Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Plan was proposed by the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission in 2017 to provide relief from nighttime noise for the communities around O’Hare International Airport.

    Click here to review the final document. 

    The interim plan is expected to be in place from November 2019 to May 2020 and from September 2020 to January 2021. The plan will be impacted by airfield construction projects, which will result in reverting to the original Fly Quiet program during those periods.

    The ONCC Fly Quiet Committee is now considering options for FQ21 – a new Fly Quiet plan to be in place once the OMP is completed and full build-out is reached.

    ONCC is an inter-governmental agency representing over 2.1 million residents and is dedicated to mitigating aircraft noise from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

    For more information, please visit the ONCC Website www.oharenoise.org


    Fly Quiet Committee Reviews Proposed Nighttime Runway Configurations

    At the April Fly Quiet Committee Meeting, the FQ21 runway configurations were reviewed. The three interim Fly Quiet tests illustrate how the committee arrived at the recommended Interim Fly Quiet configurations. A draft of 19 proposed nighttime runway configurations was presented to the committee. The next steps would include finalizing feasible runway configurations and piecing together alternatives with runway preferences. Suburban O’Hare Commission (SOC) consultants continue to advocate for configurations that share the burden as best as possible.

    Proposed Runway Configurations


     Locations of Wood Dale Noise Monitors

    • Corner of Grove and Center
    • Oak Meadows Near Edgewood
    • 744 N. Edgewood (Industrial Park)
    • Bensenville - An Omnidirectional Monitor Which Picks Up Noise within a 3 Mile Radius of the Wood Dale Runway Path.

    Suburban O'Hare Commission


    • Runway 28R currently handles 63% of departures, over 600 flights, during the day and 72% at night.
    • The more people complain the more likely the City of Chicago and the FAA will listen.
    • Every other month committee members give updates from various meetings.
    • SOC(Suburban O'Hare Commission)-Hired 2 expert and technically knowledgeable consultants to enable intelligent responses to the FAA at meetings and explore means and methods of having O'Hare Airport serve as a good neighbor, and begin to develop a list of realistic recommendations.
    • Both Alderman Peter A. Jakab and Randy Messina have asked the City Council to fund the group with $3,000 in order for us to get more people involved.  Funding was approved in the budget starting May 1, 2015.
    • There is a video that will be aired from the SOC Committee which discusses the hiring of two experts to help with trying to get relief for homeowners with the noise. Look for this to be airing soon on ch's 6 and 99.  A schedule will be provided once the video is available.
    • From 2/1/2015 to date the FAiR complaint app which goes directly to the City of Chicago Complaint Center has received 713,013 complaints of which 203 individual Wood Dale addresses were included.  See the Section Below to File a Complaint.
    • This Committee did a "File a Complaint Week" for city residents which resulted in some of the highest number of submitted complaints ever.
    • The Chicago Department of Aviation have now piloted 3 different runway rotation plans.  The goal is to ensure noise is spread more evenly at night, the plan rotated runways that are parallel and diagonal, and long and short, as well as east and west flight operations. Each of these tests, had the difficult task of satisfying conflicting demands of pilots, sleep-deprived communities like Wood Dale, and the Federal Aviation Administration. 


    Bills Introduced

    • SB 636 Legislation has been passed and is now a public act.
    • SB 637 Legislation has been passed and is now a public act.
    • HB1340, sponsored by Representative Martin J. Moylan and Wood Dale's own Christine Winger. Discusses monitoring airport noise level monitoring.
    • SB0654, sponsored by Senator Dan Katowski and John G. Mulroe.  This is trying to change how the airport noise levels are monitored.
    • HB3251, Representative Christine Winger is spearheading.  This would require the state set up a separate system for residents to file complaints directly with the state.
    • HB3657, Representative Christine Winger is spearheading.  Defines the information that must be collected by noise monitoring devices.  The information must include the locations and time of day where the noise is monitored, decibel readings and an analysis of how noise affects a human ear through sound pressure.
    • HB4076, Representative Christine Winger is spearheading.  This would require the IL Department of Environmental Protection along with IDOT to study the impact of runways and air traffic patterns at O'Hare on air and noise pollution and the emission of gases and fluids by aircraft and issue a report by October 31.
    • The City of Wood Dale belongs to several organizations and in cooperation with those organizations is deciding which of these bills are the strongest and which one(s) should be supported.


    Status of Legislation

    • House Joint Resolution 83
    • Senate Resolution 139


    • Write to Mayor Rahm Emanuel Day.
    • Discussion on advertising and getting more people involved. (Pending City Budget)
    • Discussion on WD O'Hare Noise Group tent at upcoming Prairie Fest



    Information on How to File a Complaint

    O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission

    The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) is the organization dedicated to reducing aircraft noise in communities around O’Hare International Airport. For additional information call (773) 686-3198 or visit oharenoise.org.

    Residential Sound Insulation Program

    The ONCC actively oversees the O’Hare Residential Sound Insulation Program (RSIP) and will work with the Chicago Department Aviation to determine construction and phasing schedules. As required by the FAA Record of Decision, all sound insulation for homes within the 65 DNL area of Full Build-Out noise contour must be completed by completion of the O’Hare Modernization Program.

    To qualify for soundproofing your home MUST reside in the current noise contour map. The City of Wood Dale is working with other surrounding communities to urge the FAA to redraw this contour map to more accurately reflect the current day changes in runway usage and configuration. To see if your home qualifies call the Residential Sound Inquiry Line at (773) 894-3255 or use the interactive Property Locator found at www.cityofchicago.org.

    If your home is not eligible for the Residential Sound Insulation Program, the RSIP has put together a booklet on tips for homeowners to reduce sound transmission through their home. The booklet can be found by visiting http://oharenoise.org

    For questions regarding warranties for work provided under the Chicago Department of Aviation Residential Sound Insulation Programlease call (773) 894-3636. 

    Potential legislation may allow residents tax credits for insulating their homes!


    FAA Frequently Asked Questions 

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  posts all frequently asked questions they receive from communities. Questions and answers can be found here.

     FAA Responses from the November 16, 2016 Public Outreach Meeting can be found here.