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					ONCC Honors 3 Airlines, FAA
with 2008 Fly Quiet Awards
                                                                                  ‘Poof’ Sonic Boom
                                                                                  Wows Aviation Experts
                                                                                                                                                    O ’Hare M onitor
Three airlines and the FAA received 2008 Fly Quiet Awards in                                                                          Mission
December from ONCC for outstanding efforts to further reduce                      A quiet “poof” intrigued a cross-section of         The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission
the impact of aircraft noise.                                                     aviation stakeholders ranging from scientists       strives to reduce the impact of aircraft noise
                                                                                  to community leaders who attended ONCC’s            through home and school sound insulation,
Award recipients included Northwest Airlines, large carrier; Mexicana             first-ever aviation noise symposium last             and to reduce aircraft noise, whenever
Airlines, small carrier; FedEx, cargo carrier; and the FAA.                       October. Attendees toured the Gulfstream            possible at its source.
                                                                                  Aerospace Corporation’s sonic boom                                                                                                                                     Volume 11 • Winter 2009
Fly Quiet Program initiatives—developed in 1997 by Chicago’s
                                                                                  simulator to experience the sound that
Department of Aviation in cooperation with ONCC, the airlines and
air traffic controllers—include special departure procedures and
                                                                                  acoustical engineers believe duplicates the                                                          O’Hare Airport Commissions
preferential runway use between the hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.;
                                                                                  sound impact of the proposed civil supersonic       ONCC Asks FAA—                                   New Parallel Runway 9L-27R
use of the Ground Run-Up Enclosure; and participation in ONCC
                                                                                  jet flying over land.                                Re-Visit Noise Levels                            Braving brisk winter weather, hundreds         high percentage of delayed flights. The
meetings and the O’Hare Maintenance Managers special forums.                      The FAA asked symposium participants about          ONCC is appealing to the U.S.                    of well-wishers gathered at O’Hare             new east/west parallel runway, reports
                                                                                  the possibility of a new standard that may allow    Department of Transportation and                 International Airport Nov. 20 to witness           ,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OMP is expected to reduce delays from
                                                                                  civil supersonic flights over land. Such flights      the Federal Aviation Administration              the dedication of the airport’s first           a previous average of 24 minutes to
                                                                                  have been prohibited in the U. S. since 1973.       (FAA) to take remedial action regard-            new runway built since 1971.                   16 minutes per flight.
               Above and Beyond Award
                     winner Amy Hanson,                                                                                               ing noise levels at O’Hare International
     environmental program specialist in                                          Keynote speaker Barry Cooper, FAA Great                                                              Suburban mayors
    the FAA’s Chicago Airports District Of-                                       Lakes Region regional administrator, stressed       Airport and airports nationwide.
        fice receives congratulations from
                                                                                                                                                                                       and village presi-
                Jim Keefer, manager, FAA                                          the importance of the FAA Reauthorization           ONCC Chairperson and Mayor                       dents, including
          Chicago Airports District Office.                                        Act to develop the Next Generation Air Trans-       Arlene J. Mulder notes that opening              several O’Hare
                                                                                  portation System (NextGen), a modernized            O’Hare’s new north Runway 9L-27R,                Noise Compatibility
                                                                                  airspace system. Attendees also learned how         commissioned Nov. 20, 2008, and a                Commission (ONCC)
                                                                                  some communities are now seeking “win-win”          shift in flight tracks over Chicago and           members, joined
                                                                                  solutions with nearby airports through compatible   Northwest suburbs has resulted in a              city of Chicago
                                                                                  land use planning and projects.                     surge of resident discontent.                    Mayor Richard M.
                                              Fly Quiet Award recipients                                                                                                               Daley aboard
                                              recognized by ONCC Chairperson      U.S. Government Accountability Office                                                                                                 Inaugural flight arrives on new east-west parallel runway.
                                              Mayor Arlene J. Mulder are          representatives surveyed participants about
                                                                                                                                             See Noise-Related                         the first official
                                              (from left) Dieter Holz, manager,                                                               Stories, Page 3                          passenger flight to land on the new
                                              Northwest Airlines; Martha
                                                                                  environmental issues that arise between
                                              Gomez, airport manager,             airports and surrounding communities.                                                                7,500 ft. Runway 9L-27R before a
                                              Mexicana Airlines; and Jim
                                                                                                                                      In a January 2009 letter to Acting               commissioning ceremony.                     The new 9L-27R runway features the
                                              Bowman, managing director,          Delta Airlines, Landrum & Brown, and the FAA        Transportation Administrator Lynne
                                              FedEx Flight Operations.                                                                                                                                                                latest in technological advances such
                                                                                  in cooperation with the Partnership for Air         A. Osmus, Mulder requested the                   Mayor Daley thanked federal, state
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      as imbedded weather sensors, new
                                                                                  Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction        initiation of new national aircraft              and city officials; the Chicago business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FAA communication equipment
                                                                                  (PARTNER) co-sponsored the event.                   noise standards that “take into account          community; airlines; and Chicago labor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      systems, and light systems to transition
                                                                                                                                      frequency of flights or heightened                community for their support in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pilots from instrument to visual flight
                                                                                                                                      annoyance to residents.”                         on-time construction of the $457 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for landing.
                                                                                                                    PRSRT STD                                                          project that includes a new, state-of-
                                                                                                                                      The current measurement of                       the-art North Air Traffic Control Tower.
                                                             COMING SOON!                                          U.S. POSTAGE                                                                                                       The new tower provides line-of-sight
                                                                                                                     PAID             “averaging noise decibels throughout
                                                       Post your noise complaints                                   PALATINE                                                                                                          for 9L-27R which is not visible from
                                                                                                                                      the day and night does not resolve               U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary
                                                        online at                                     P&DC IL                                                                                                          the existing air traffic control tower.
                                                                                                                                      significant annoyance for people                  Peters saluted O’Hare as one of three
                                                                                                                  PERMIT #2490                                                                                                        It is “environmentally friendly” and
                                                                                                                                      living, working and attending schools            airports to commission runways that
 P Box 1126 • Des Plaines, IL 60017
  .O.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 features a green roof to make it the
                                                                                                                                      beneath air traffic,” Mulder said.                day. Dulles International Airport and                                                                                                                                                                                                            first of its kind in the country.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
                                                                                                                                      On the local level, Mulder has                   were the other two.                            The OMP comprehensive plan includes
                                                                                                                                      requested FAA Great Lakes Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the east-west Runway 10-28 extension
                                                                                                                                      Administrator Barry Cooper to docu-              O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      completed in September 2008, the
                                                                                                                                      ment all nighttime events that occur             officials expect that with the new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      new 9L-27R runway, and a third
                                                                                                                                      after 10 p.m. on Runway 9L-27R.                  runway, O’Hare “will be able to operate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      runway project, Runway 10C-28C,
                                                                                                                                                                                       simultaneous triple parallel approaches
                                                                                                                                      Official Airport Noise Management                                                                expected to be completed in 2011.
                                                                                                                                                                                       in all weather conditions.”
                                                                                                                                      System reports for November and                                                                 At its end date of 2014, OMP plans
                                                                                                                                      December 2008 are available at                   While O’Hare is one of the world’s bus-        include three runway projects and a
                                                                                                                                                          iest airports, it faces an accompanying        western terminal complex.
ONCC Profile                                           Sound Insulation Program                                                      Elgin O’Hare-West Bypass Plan
                                                      Adds Multi-Owner Dwellings                                                    Addresses West Terminal Access
Mayor Fuller Cites
                                                      For the first time, multi-owner                                                Improving access to the proposed O’Hare International                      Following a February
Membership Benefits                                   dwellings will receive the                                                    Airport West Terminal is one of four transportation objec-                 stakeholder workshop for
Just one year after her election, Harwood             same sound insulation work                                                    tives the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is                  federal, state and commu-
Heights Mayor Margaret “Peggy” Fuller and             as single-family homes. The                                                   examining as part of its Elgin O’Hare-West Bypass study.                   nity officials and a public
elected officials took steps to join ONCC in 2007      city of Chicago and the FAA                                                                                                                              information meeting in
                                                                                                                                    The IDOT study is also looking at the need to improve
to work compatibly with other communities and         reviewed the final version of                                                                                                                             March, IDOT will be closer
                                                                                                                                    local and regional travel, travel efficiency, and modal
the FAA to reduce aircraft noise and pollution.       the O’Hare Residential Sound                                                                                                                             to selecting a single plan,
                                                                                                                                    opportunities and connections while balancing
Harwood Heights was a former member of the            Insulation Program Policy for                                                                                                                            Harmet said.
                                                                                                                                    transportation and land use requirements in an area
Suburban O’Hare Commission.                           Multi-Owner Buildings and
                                                                                                                                    bounded by I-90 to the north, I-290 to the south, the                      When the final plan is            Reviewing potential transportation
                                                      ONCC gave its approval in
“Sometimes instead of                                                                                                               existing Elgin O’Hare expressway to the west, and I-294                    chosen, the study will             access routes for the proposed
                                                      February. The program for                                                                                                                                                                   O’Hare West Terminal is IDOT
protesting something, you                                                                                                           to the east, according to Peter E. Harmet, IDOT bureau                     move to a second tier that            official Peter E. Harmet.
                                                      multi-owner units will follow
have to take the steps to                                                                                                           chief of programming, and lead project manager for                         involves more detailed
                                                      individual condominium
make things better,” said                                                                                                           the study.                                                                 engineering and environmental studies for parts of the
                                                      association by-laws.
Fuller. “It is extremely                                                                                                                                                                                       selected plan that are ready to move forward. This stage
                                                                                                                                    Harmet noted that while the Elgin O’Hare-West Bypass
beneficial to communities                              The Chicago Department of Aviation reports that both 2008 and                                                                                            is expected to be complete by 2013.
                                                                                                                                    project is completely separate from the OMP program,
to sit at the table, ask the                          2009 programs are moving forward and will meet the deadline to
                                                                                                                                    IDOT’s proposals will be compatible with the future OMP                    An Elgin O’Hare-West Bypass public information meeting
tough questions, get the                              have all homes sound-insulated within Phase One of the OMP.
                                                                                                                                    layout. OMP has set aside a 300-foot corridor that will be                 will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at
facts from the sources and         Mayor Fuller       Residential sound insulation construction for 2006 Program/Group B            considered for a future roadway.                                           Belvedere Banquets, 1170 W. Devon Ave., Elk Grove Village.
work together.”                                       and the 2007 Program has started. Arlene Williams of Chicago
                                                      Airports Resource Enterprise, who manages the programs, believes
Fuller would like non-member communities
to learn more about ONCC, its benefits and             that those who have not taken advantage of sound insulation may               Noise Complaint Calls Double in December
accomplishments. She suggests community               become interested with this construction start.                               It was no secret that complaint calls were                                                      Park Ridge residents is feeling the effect of
leaders reach out to ONCC member mayors or                                                                                          going to escalate with the November 20,          Nature of Hotline Call                         a shift in runway usage,” said Brian Gilligan
one of the mayors on individual committees to                                                                                       2008 opening of O’Hare Airport’s new              Noise Complaints                              ONCC executive director. “The new runway
discover how ONCC can help with sound insula-         Harwood Heights Receives                                                      north Runway 9L-27R. According to the
                                                                                                                                    December Airport Noise Management
                                                                                                                                                                                                    All Hours                       accounts for 20 percent of O’Hare’s daily
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    arrivals. In the past, Runway 22, whose
tion programs, aircraft technology advancement
or land-use planning.                                 $320,000 FAA Land Use Grant                                                   System (ANMS) Report, 78 percent of                       Vibration
                                                                                                                                                                                                1%        Frequency of Operations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    flight path is over the northern portion of
                                                                                                                                    noise complaint calls came from Park         Low Flying                                         Park Ridge, accounted for 21 percent of
By working with ONCC and asking the right             The Village of Harwood Heights, Ill., has received a $320,000 grant           Ridge, with each caller averaging three        2%                                               arrivals when used daily,” he said.
questions, Harwood Heights was able to secure         from the FAA to prepare land use compatibility plans related to the           calls to the noise hotline. Ninety-three                              Not Reported
FAA funding for strategic land planning, GIS          village’s proximity to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The village                                                                              93%                   The report also showed that all three
                                                                                                                                    percent of the total calls for the month
mapping and the preparation of soundproofing           will provide an additional 20 percent of the grant, or $80,000.                                                                                                               permanent monitors and one temporary
                                                                                                                                    did not specify the complaint.
ordinances for the village.                                                                                                                                                                                                         monitor located in Park Ridge had recorded
                                                      “We were very fortunate to receive this grant,” said Harwood Heights          “We expected a rise in the complaint                                                            sound measurements below the FAA’s
“We were thrilled to receive a $320,000 FAA           Mayor Margaret “Peggy” Fuller. “ONCC encouraged us to apply and gave          numbers because a new population of                                                             recommended 65DNL.
land use grant to enable us to evaluate land that     us the tools to pursue these funds. Benjamin Mello, program manager
                                                      for the Chicago Airports District of the U.S. Department of Transportation,
is compatible with our proximity to O’Hare
                                                      also helped us prepare required documentation,” she said.                     ONCC Pursues Noise Answers                                                                                  O ’Hare M onitor
Airport. Many factories are vacant or will soon                                                                                                                                                                                                 Arlene J. Mulder
be vacant; these large properties will need to        Village officials will use the money to analyze the compatibility of           Since the commissioning of Runway 9L-27R, ONCC has made every effort to                                     Chairperson
be redeveloped,” said Fuller. “Making sure the        commercial, industrial and residential land use patterns with the             answer questions, seek information and offer remedies for residents most affected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dr. Raymond J. Kuper
development is planned strategically for the          OMP Their goal is to achieve compatible land uses consistent with
                                                           .                                                                        by its flight path. Residents from additional areas of Park Ridge, Des Plaines,                              Gerald L. Farley
airport and other transportation is important         federal land use criteria, to identify economic opportunities for             Niles and Chicago are experiencing aircraft noise. Twenty percent of all O’Hare                             Treasurer
to the village and the investors.”                    village businesses and to update village codes.                               Airport arrivals use this runway, according to December 2008 reports.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rita L. Mullins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Technical Committee Chairperson
As for the direction of ONCC, Fuller lauds                                                                                          In December, ONCC welcomed residents to its general meeting to listen to many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Frank A. Damato
                                                      Harwood Heights is the second ONCC member within the past                                                                                                                                 Residential Committee Chairperson
ONCC’s Chairperson Mayor Arlene J. Mulder’s                                                                                         concerns, complaints and suggestions. ONCC also addressed Park Ridge residents
                                                      two years to be named an FAA Vision 100—Century of Aviation                                                                                                                               Brian Gilligan
recent efforts to begin a dialogue with the FAA                                                                                     at a Town Hall meeting that month.                                                                          Executive Director
                                                      Reauthorization Act grant recipient. Des Plaines received a $750,000
regarding metrics for noise monitoring. “There
                                                      FAA grant in 2006.
are areas in Harwood Heights and in Norridge                                                                                        Residents from Park Ridge have formed a task force whose goal is to bring about
that should qualify for sound proofing, but the        “We encourage other communities to apply for funding,” said ONCC              changes in runway usage and FAA recommended noise level measurements. They
readings show we do not register enough noise.        Chairperson Mayor Arlene J. Mulder. The FAA will continue to accept           are seeking funding from Park Ridge to underwrite their effort. ONCC will work                               .O.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                P Box 1126, Des Plaines, IL 60017
I believe our residents think otherwise,” she said.   land use grant applications through March 2009.                               with any group who seeks aircraft noise mitigation.                                                         773-686-3198 •

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