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Government

Elmhurst to hold public meeting with Federal Aviation Administration about O'Hare noise

ELMHURST – The city of Elmhurst and Federal Aviation Administration have scheduled a public meeting about the Chicago Department of Aviation's Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Program at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Elmhurst City Hall.

Federal Aviation Administration officials will present progress on the O'Hare Modernization Plan at the meeting, according to a city of Elmhurst news release. The meeting also will include a Q&A session with written questions. Questions must be submitted on a form that will be provided at the meeting.

The administration was asked to attend this meeting because of the recent 100-percent increase in nighttime airplane noise affecting specific areas in Elmhurst, the release stated.

This aircraft noise increase is a result of the Runway Rotation Plan tests, which have been implemented to analyze the shared impact of aircraft noise in neighborhoods surrounding O’Hare Airport, according to the release. The tests encourage pilots and traffic controllers to use designated nighttime runways, and they are analyzed by community feedback including a survey, the release stated.

The Fly Quiet Program is currently administering test 3, which directly impacts specific areas in Elmhurst, with a 100-percent increase in scheduled nighttime air traffic compared to tests 1 and 2, according to the release. From 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. every other week, there is increased aircraft noise from low-flying planes, the release stated.

The test will be in place until Oct. 14. If the survey results for test 3 show low community feedback, it is possible this Runway Rotation Plan will be the Chicago Department of Aviation’s long-term plan for designated nighttime runway use, according to the release.  

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