In the News: ONCC Committee Charts Course For Third Runway Rotation Test

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The committee tasked with reviewing proposals for keeping the skies above O’Hare International Airport quieter by rotating traffic in overnight hours has voted, nearly unanimously, to forward a third test schedule to the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission.

ONCC is expected to vote on June 3 on whether to activate the test.

The first test, run for 25 weeks in the second half of 2016, was designed to see whether noise relief would be possible by alternating arrival and departure runways for overnight traffic. This meant different communities had predictable noise at night but no one had it every night.

The first test ended in December, but was popular enough to prompt a second rotation, with some tweaks, which started as a 12-week test at the end of April.

Some ONCC speakers have argued that there should be a delay, between activating new tests, for receiving public comment.

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