The Village of Glenview

O'Hare Fly Quiet Program

Overnight runway use at issue

​The Village of Glenview is one of 42 ​​community members of the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, the only inter-governmental agency that is dedicated to reducing aircraft noise in the communities around O’Hare International Airport. It was established in 1996, following an invitation from the City of Chicago to suburban mayors to begin constructive dialogues on aircraft noise issues.​

​The Village attends all meetings to advocate on behalf of Glenview residents and businesses​​​. To see the latest news and information from the ONCC, click here

Noise complaints

Noise complaints about O'Hare flights can be submitted in these ways:

  • A toll-free noise hotline at (800) 914-8537​ for suburban communities
  • An online form to the City of Chicago's 311 system

Once submitted, the complaints are forwarded to the Chicago Department of Aviation for tracking purposes only and will be included as data in the Airport Noise Management System reports.

History of Fly Quiet

In June 1997, O’Hare International and Midway airports agreed to use designated noise abatement flight procedures during the hours of 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. via a program called “Fly Quiet.” The Fly Quiet program was voluntary and aimed to direct nighttime flights over less populated areas of forest preserves and Tollways/highways. Historically, this program had minimally impacted Glenview with less than 1 percent of nighttime flights transiting over Glenview.

The O’Hare Modernization Plan (OMP) was adopted in 2004 with a re-evaluation completed in 2015. The goal of the OMP was to transition the airfield to an east-west orientation to improve efficiency of the airport by allowing for multiple runways to operate simultaneously. Since the adoption of the OMP, O’Hare decommissioned two diagonal northwest/southeast runways. O’Hare is presently constructing a new runway to be called 9C/27C as well as extending an existing runway 9R/27L. 

The transition to the east-west runway orientation has increased the noise impact of communities to the east and west of the airfield. The adoption of the OMP was generally favorable for Glenview as it changed O’Hare Airport to a primary east-west flow which reduced the daytime flights over Glenview.  

The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) was established in 1996 as an intergovernmental agency dedicated to recommending actions for mitigating the impacts of air traffic originating and departing from O’Hare International Airport. The ONCC plays an important role in proposing noise abatement recommendations to Chicago’s Department of Aviation (CDA). Communities surrounding O’Hare can participate in the ONCC by entering into an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Chicago. Glenview became a member of the ONCC on March 16, 2018. (See 2019 meeting schedule in box, right)

Interim Fly Quiet Program recommendation​

On February 19, 2019, the Village Board of Trustees approved a resolution opposing the draft interim Fly Quiet (IFQ) plan, stating:

  • Concern with the drastic percentage of increase of airline flights over Glenview comparing the O’Hare Modernization Plan (OMP) to the proposed IFQ plan. The IFQ Plan significantly impacts the Village, particularly during night-time hours.
  • Minimal soundproofing be completed in the northeast quadrant of O’Hare. There is significant soundproofing completed to the east and west of O’Hare and these areas should be utilized for IFQ.
  • A safety concern with limiting pilots to a two-hour window to request a longer runway as part of the IFQ procedures.
  • Rotation patterns should be added to allow the north and south runways to run independently; these should be incorporated into IFQ
  • An Environmental Impact Study (EIS) was not completed as part of the draft IFQ plan and should be completed to review all impacts as compared to the OMP.
  • It endorses change to federal law to allow reasonable (midnight to 5 a.m.) flight curfews during night-time hours.

Read the Staff Report