O’HARE — Starting Sunday, residents all over the Northwest Side will spend a week hearing hundreds of flights whoosh over their heads — followed by seven days of quiet.
That on-again-off-again pattern defines the second round of the city’s Fly Quiet Runway Rotation test, a three-month program that aims to spread the burden of overnight jet noise equally among neighborhoods and suburbs surrounding O’Hare Airport.
Unlike last year’s rotation program, which ran continuously for six months from July to December, the test approved last month begins Sunday and ends on July 22. The full schedule is posted online.
The program will likely “dovetail” into a third test, drawn up to exclude a runway that’s marked for closure in 2018, according to Aaron Frame, a deputy commissioner for the city’s Department of Aviation.
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