Airplane Noise Concerns

Elmhurst Update of O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission on Fly Quiet Plan


City of Elmhurst appointed as member to the newly formed Fly Quiet Committee

ONCC Chair, Mayor Arlene A. Juracek informed the City of Elmhurst that is has been appointed to the newly formed Fly Quiet Committee with the following message:

I am pleased to inform you that with the consent of the Executive Committee, I have selected the City of Elmhurst  and Wood Dale to serve on the newly formed Fly Quiet Committee.

The decision to retain the existing ad hoc committee members and add two new members was based on geographic proximity and committee experience. However, each year with the consent of the Executive Committee, I will review Fly Quiet membership to recommend retention or the selection of new members.

This newly formed Fly Quiet Committee represents the entire region and should strive to make fair and equitable decisions as it moves forward to investigate options for designated nighttime departure paths and recommends a Fly Quiet plan to be in effect after the OMP full build out.

Congratulations and welcome to the Fly Quiet Committee.

Fly Quiet Committee Communities



ONCC votes to implement Interim Runway Rotation Plan that will impact Elmhurst Residents  

On Friday, December 8, 2017 the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) met to vote on a 2.5 year Interim Fly Quiet Plan. The ONCC Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee presented a recommended Runway Rotation Plan (RRP).

The ONCC Ad Hoc Committee chose RRP A as their recommendation to ONCC after reviewing several options. The recommended option is essentially the same runway rotation plan that was followed by the Fly Quiet Test #3.

Elmhurst Officials strongly opposed this recommended plan, due to the fact that it will have a negative impact on areas of Elmhurst. Elmhurst submitted an alternative proposal, which was discarded by the ONNC Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee.

Elmhurst City Manager, Jim Grabowski states, “We feel that our alternative proposal for the Interim Runway Rotation Plan demonstrated a fair balance of nighttime flights for all communities surrounding the airport, with 37% use of 4R/22L. The “Option A” plan does not represent a fair balance of nighttime flights. Runway 4R/22L is proposed to be used 50% of the time, which directly impacts the residents of Elmhurst. There are three other parallel runways that can be better utilized to balance runway rotation.”

The City of Elmhurst further analyzed RRP A’s nighttime flight operation impacts per cycle by runway and community. The results demonstrated the disparate impacts, which RRP A has on the communities underneath the flight patterns of runways 4R/22L and 4L/22R.

“Runway Rotation Option A impacts more people than the alternate options. If the purpose of the Fly Quiet Plan is to study possibilities that limit the number of individuals affected by airplane noise, Option A is simply not the right choice.”

The ONCC ultimately chose Option A as the 2.5 year Interim Runway Rotation Plan which will be sent to the FAA for their review process.

Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley states, “We are extremely disappointed with the ONCC’s decision and the process that got them to this vote. Our hope is that the FAA understands that Option A will impact more individuals than any other flight pattern and refuses this plan.”


The City of Elmhurst has further analyzed the proposed Runway Rotation Plan A, and this graph illustrates the night-time flight operation impacts per cycle by runway and community. The City of Elmhurst believes it demonstrates the disparate impacts which Runway Rotation Plan A has on the communities underneath the flight patterns of runways 4R/22L and 4L/22R.     

The City of Elmhurst has also requested that at the ONCC Special Meeting being held on Friday, December 8th that the "Comments from the Audience" agenda item be moved to the 4th item on the agenda so that the entire ONCC Board hear from those affected by the RRP before thevote is taken on the 2.5 year interim plan.

This information has been sent to ONCC Executive Director, Jeanette Camacho for consideration.     


Posted on: December 4, 2017

ONCC Special Meeting - December 8th

Voice Conern on Increased Airplane Noise

The ONCC Ad Hoc Committee voted on a proposed Interim Fly Quiet Plan that will move to the full ONCC membership for a final vote at a special meeting on December 8 at 8:00 am at Café la Cave, 2777 S. Mannheim Road, Des Plaines, IL.

If approved by the full ONCC, the CDA and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will begin environmental analysis. The FAA review process will include a public participation process.


UPDATE: Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee Votes To Recommend Interim Fly Quiet Plan to Full Membership


UPDATE: City Officials Propose an Interim Runway Rotation Plan to CDA and ONCC Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee

November 15, 2017 Elmhurst, IL - Mayor Morley has sent a proposed Runway Rotation Plan for the interim 2.5 year period that demonstrates a fair and balanced rotation plan for all communities surrounding the airport for nighttime flights. The plan was designed with resident feedback. 


The proposed plan will be reviewed at the next ONCC Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee on November 17, 2017. 

November 17, ONCC Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee Agenda


UPDATE: ONCC Board Chair turns down Mayor’s request to join Ad Hoc Committee for various reasons

November 14, 2017 Elmhurst, IL – In response to Mayor Morley’s request for Elmhurst to be added to the Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee, ONCC Board Chair Arlene A. Juracek commended Elmhurst for all their involvement on Fly Quiet, but has turned down the request for various reasons.

In a letter to Morley, Juracek addressed the Mayor’s concerns about lack of representation on the Ad Hoc Committee from any communities on the diagonals of 4/22S.

Juracek stated, “Committee Chair Annunzio represents Niles and lives in Park Ridge. In addition, Des Plaines is represented on the committee. These communities are all directly impacted by operations on the diagonal in both east and west flow and have been active in the discussion. Communities on the diagonal runways do have a vote at the committee level. I understand your concerns with use of the 4/22's, but as an analysis that was shared at the last meeting shows, it is only effectively 26% of the overnight traffic not that 50% that some originally feared.”

Juracek noted that as chair she appointed members of the committee with “dual goals of ensuring a committee size conducive to productive and inclusive discussion and with an equitable geographic dispersion around the airport.”

The Ad Hoc Committee will vote on a recommend plan that will be presented to all members of the ONCC for final vote. Members of the ONCC include representation from Elmhurst.


Mayor requests seat on ONCC Ad Hoc Committee

November 10, 2017 Elmhurst, IL –On November 6, 2017 the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee met to review the draft reporton Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test #3 along with potential scenarios for the 2.5 year Interim Fly Quiet Plan. Survey results showed that Elmhurst residents strongly opposed Fly Quiet Test #3.

The Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee was formed after the ONCC approved the City of Elmhurst membership. Due to this timing, Elmhurst was not afforded the opportunity to be appointed to the Ad Hoc Committee. Mayor Steve Morley has formally requested that Elmhurst have “a seat at the table” for the discussions and decisions on the Interim Fly Quiet Plan.  If ONCC decides not to appoint an Elmhurst representative to the Ad Hoc Committee, Morley has requested that the vote on RRP be halted until the Ad Hoc By-Laws Committee can make Fly Quiet a standing committee. This would allow fair representation for communities on the diagonal runways to have a vote in the recommendation to the full ONCC Board.

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) conducted several Runway Rotation Plan (RRP) tests to analyze the shared impact of aircraft noise in neighborhoods surrounding O’Hare Airport. These tests encourage pilots and traffic controllers to use designated nighttime runways. Based on these results tests, a proposed Interim Fly Quiet plan will be voted on by the ONCC Ad Hoc Committee, which is presented to ONCC for final approval.

Test #3 directly impacted specific areas in Elmhurst, with a 100% increase in nighttime airplane traffic compared to Test #1 and Test #2. Every other week during the evening hours of 11 p.m. – 5 a.m. during this test period, aircraft traffic and its related noise from low flying planes caused distress to many Elmhurst residents. The City of Elmhurst encouraged residents to voice concern by filling out a survey on the RRP Test #3, conveying its impact on Elmhurst to the ONCC.

The next Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 17 at 10 a.m. At that time, CDA is expected to present 2-3 options for an Interim Fly Quiet Plan. The Committee could potentially vote on an option at that meeting, which will then go to the full ONCC for approval. It is anticipated that the earliest an Interim Fly Quiet plan would start would be 2018.

The City of Elmhurst is waiting for a response from the ONCC on this request.

Mayor's letter

Report/Summary from November 6, 2017 ONCC Ad Hoc Committee

Elmhurst Public FAA Meeting - 10/3/17

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7 p.m. the City of Elmhurst and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) held a public meeting at City Hall to discuss the Chicago Department of Aviation’s Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Program. The FAA was asked to attend this meeting due to the recent 100% increase in nighttime airplane noise affecting specific areas in Elmhurst. Video coverage of this public meeting can be viewed below.