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The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) approved their Ad-Hoc Committee's Interim Fly Quiet Plan on December 8th. The plan now moves to the Chicago Department of Aviation for formal submittal to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The FAA's approval process is anticipated to take up to 12 months. The plan could take effect late in 2018, if approved, and remain in place until new runway 9C-27C is commissioned in 2020 as part of the O'Hare Modernization Program.
The ONCC AD-Hoc Committee was presented with three options by Chicago Department of Aviation consultants on November 21.
The plan the group chose is essentially the same plan as the Fly Quiet Rotation Test 3 that ended October 15. Local area residents, including Itasca, were encouraged to provide input via survey of the impact of the flight rotation. This information helped the committee with their decision.
Itasca Mayor Jeff Pruyn said, “Through the
Suburban O’Hare Commission (SOC), the Village of Itasca has partnered with our
neighbors to hire aviation experts to conduct research, provide proper
scientific data and propose practical solutions to the City of Chicago on ways
that the airport can operate as a better neighbor. The proposed ONCC plan,
Option A, is a step in that direction.”