On May 6, the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) approved a 6-month test for a Runway Rotation Plan during overnight hours, which will take place beginning in early summer of 2016. The Runway Rotation Plan is the culmination of nearly a year of work by the ONCC, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), and the Suburban O’Hare Commission (SOC) to reduce aircraft noise.
The Runway Rotation spreads aircraft noise across the region based upon a set weekly calendar, providing predictability to residents, along with well-deserved relief from aircraft noise.
The Rotation Plan has significant noise reduction benefits for the entire region. The communities surrounding the airport all benefit financially from O’Hare, and should all experience some noise impact from the airport, but no single community should bear the burden of all of the noise impact from O’Hare.
View the runway rotation plans and configurations.
The Chairman and the DuPage County Board Members are working with federal, state and local officials coordinating noise complaints registered as new flight paths at O'Hare Airport have come online. The new runway configuration coincides with a directive from the National Transportation Safety Board that airports stop using runways that converge. This has shifted flight patterns and created new corridors experiencing flight noise in several areas of DuPage County.
As a result, DuPage County convened the Ad Hoc Committee on Airport Noise in 2014, chaired by Board Member Paul Fichtner to facilitate discussion with local stakeholders on the issue. DuPage County Transportation Chairman Don Puchalski will also be the County's first representative on the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC).
To track flight patterns or file a complaint:
The ONCC unveiled its new WebTrak online service for people interested in tracking flight patterns and impacts of selected flights. The new system allows the public to select flights and to view flight ID, type of aircraft and estimated altitude. These are important facts that can be used when filing noise complaints through the ONCC. You can use the flight tracker or file a complaint at