Winger wants residents near O'Hare to speak up in runway test survey
Rep. Christine Winger (R-Wood Dale) is encouraging Chicago-area residents to complete an online survey to provide feedback about runway tests being conducted at O’Hare International Airport.
According to a press release from Winger, the tests are the third round of the O'Hare Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test being done to determine the feasibility of a runway rotation the airport plans to use between the decommissioning of runway 15/33 and the commissioning of runway 9C/27C.
“Hearing feedback from area residents on these tests is vital to their success and to finding the best solution that will provide the most relief,” Winger said in the release.
The test program was created by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) to determine the best flight patterns and runways to reduce noise levels for residents near the airport. This round of tests began on July 23 and will continue until the week of Oct. 8. They are being done overnight, beginning on Sundays or after 10 p.m., as runway demand allows.
Chicago’s Fly Quiet Program began in June 1997. The program is voluntary for airlines using O’Hare and meant to encourage the use of flight routes that the CDA and O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission determine are less likely to impact residents of nearby neighborhoods.