Rep. Stephens’ legislation calling for measurable improvement in “Fly Quiet” compliance passes committee

Springfield… In an effort to reduce noise in the communities surrounding O’Hare International Airport, State Representative Brad Stephens (R–Rosemont) unanimously passed House Joint Resolution 109 out of committee to call for a measurable improvement in “Fly Quiet” compliance.

“Neighbors residing in the vicinity of O’Hare understand the importance of the airport to the local and statewide economy, but they want to take an active role in helping the airport work through its many noise problems,” said Stephens. “This resolution will help stakeholders compile O’Hare noise data, ensure that the Fly Quiet voluntary guidelines are being followed, and collect meta-data to show the extent airlines are complying with the current agreement.”

Under this resolution, the City of Chicago Aviation Department would select a trusted third party to serve as a coordinator for the process of data analysis and to produce a rank-ordered chart of airline compliance guidelines. Compliance of the program is overseen by the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, which is an intergovernmental agency that includes Cook County, 41 various municipalities, and 16 school districts adjacent to the airport.

The statistical data that is gathered will be used to develop future O’Hare International Airport policies, including those that govern the allocation of essential airline infrastructure such as departure gates, and time slots at refueling points. O’Hare’s noise monitoring technology would be coupled with artificial-intelligence software that gauges Community Noise Equivalent Level noise levels.

To view the full resolution click the following link, HJR 109. The resolution will now move to the floor of the House of Representatives for consideration.