O'Hare Runway Rotation Plan
Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Program Ended
The Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Plan established by the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission in 2016 has ended, as the six-month trial period concluded on December 25.
Under the Fly Quiet Plan, the runways used for nighttime air travel changed from week to week. Airport officials will analyze the data collected over the test period to see if the runway rotation program, which was designed to achieve a more balanced distribution of overnight noise exposure for Chicago and suburban communities near O'Hare Airport, reached that goal.
Federal rules prohibit the automatic renewal of the Fly Quiet Plan, however after the data is analyzed, a new program may be put into place.
The O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission voted in May 2016 to approve a weekly nighttime runway rotation plan for O'Hare International Airport. The Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Plan was developed by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), in consultation with Suburban O'Hare Commission (SOC) aviation experts. The purpose of the plan is to establish a weekly runway rotation program designed to achieve a more balanced distribution of noise exposure for Chicago and suburban communities near O'Hare Airport.
Under the Fly Quiet Plan, runways used for nighttime air travel changed from week to week. A secondary configuration was included for when weather and other factors keep the primary pattern from being feasible. The final report made to the Suburban O'Hare Commission is available on the JDA Aviation Technology Solutions site (PDF), and more information about the project is available on the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission website.
Information about how the plan specifically affected Roselle is included in the O'Hare Runway Rotation Plan: Analysis and Impact on the Village of Roselle presentation document (PDF).