O'Hare Runway Rotation Plan



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 will change from week to week. A secondary configuration is 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 affects Roselle is included in the O'Hare Runway Rotation Plan: Analysis and Impact on the Village of Roselle presentation document (PDF).


Take the Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Plan Survey
A six-month test for the overnight runway rotation plan started on July 6, 2016, and is scheduled to conclude on December 25, 2016. In order to assess whether the rotation plan is providing the intended benefits, the Suburban O'Hare Commission and the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission are requesting feedback from residents.

Aviation experts will continue to analyze flight paths and noise monitor data, but this entire program is designed to bring noise relief to residents. If you’re feeling a reduced impact from the noise, the commission needs to know so that they can make the rotation permanent. If you’re not feeling any noise relief, they need to know that also, to find out what’s not working.

For the duration of the six-month rotation plan test, the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission is hosting a survey for residents to report feedback on overnight noise conditions. This data will be aggregated week by week, based on report location and compared with the actual flight paths used during that time period to determine whether operations are having unanticipated impacts on residential neighborhoods.

Runway Configurations

The following maps show each week's configuration for the six-month test period. The shaded areas indicate anticipated airplane noise measured in decibels, with a color coded scale on the right (blue for fewer decibels, up to yellow for more decibels). For larger versions of the images, please see the O'Hare Runway Rotation Plan: Analysis and Impact on the Village of Roselle presentation document (PDF). Village of Roselle boundaries are outlined in black.

Configuration F

Weeks of: July 3, September 25, December 18

Configuration B

Weeks of: July 10, October 2

Configuration H

Weeks of: July 17, October 9

Configuration D

Weeks of: July 24, September 18, October 16, December 11

Configuration J

Weeks of: July 31, October 23

Configuration G

Weeks of: August 7, September 4, October 30, November 27

Configuration A

Weeks of: August 14, November 6

Configuration I

Weeks of: August 21, November 13

Configuration C

Weeks of: August 28, November 20

Configuration E

Weeks of: September 11, December 4

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