O'Hare Modernization Program

History of the Fly Quiet Program

On June 17, 1997, the City of Chicago announced that airlines operating at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (O'Hare) had agreed to use designated noise abatement flight procedures in accordance with the Fly Quiet Program. This program was implemented in an effort to reduce the impacts of aircraft noise on neighborhoods surrounding O'Hare.

The Fly Quiet Program is a voluntary program that encourages pilots and air traffic controllers to use designated nighttime preferential runways and flight tracks developed by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) in cooperation with the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) , the airlines and the air traffic controllers. These preferred routes are intended to direct aircraft over less-populated areas, such as forest preserves and highways, as well as commercial and industrial areas.

Interim

The CDA submitted an Interim Fly Quiet Runway Rotation (IFQ) proposal to the FAA for approval of a temporary program that is intended to be implemented from soon after the requested FAA approval until Runway 9C-27C commissioning in late 2020. The IFQ recommendation by the ONCC is the same runway configuration and sequence of configurations as was used in Test 3. It is expected that significant runway construction, maintenance, and/or pavement rehabilitation on Runways 4L-22R and 4R-22L will impact the IFQ during the 2019 and 2020 construction seasons, respectively.

The CDA submitted an Interim Fly Quiet Runway Rotation (IFQ) proposal to the FAA for approval of a temporary program that is intended to be implemented from soon after the requested FAA approval until Runway 9C-27C commissioning in late 2020. The IFQ recommendation by the ONCC is the same runway configuration and sequence of configurations as was used in Test 3. It is expected that significant runway construction, maintenance, and/or pavement rehabilitation on Runways 4L-22R and 4R-22L will impact the IFQ during the 2019 and 2020 construction seasons, respectively.

The FAA is currently conducting a Written Re-Evaluation of the O'Hare Modernization Environmental Impact Statement for this Proposed Interim Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Plan.