Work continues on new CEA Noise Maps, soundproofing possibilities

March 13, 2017

chicago-executive-airport-300x233pxMead & Hunt plans to present the most recent data collected for new Noise Exposure Maps for Chicago Executive Airport at a public meeting in June.

The firm was selected in summer 2016 to update the maps, which use computer-generated models to project noise exposure around the airport over a five-year period. In order to secure federal funding for noise abatement projects, airports must have updated Noise Exposure Maps, said FAA representative Amy Hanson during an airport noise committee meeting March 1.

According to CEA board member and Wheeling Trustee Ray Lang, final maps are expected to be available this fall. The study takes about one year, he said.

Specific projects that could reduce noise issues for residents of Wheeling, Prospect Heights and Mount Prospect who live near the airport are outlined in a Part 150 study previously conducted by CEA. At the noise committee meeting, members discussed which of these projects to prioritize once the maps are complete, including possible home insulation and adjustment of take-off and landing procedures.

In an effort to cut down on noise complaints while waiting for the maps to be completed, Airport Director Jamie Abbott issued close to 60 letters to CEA tenants and users in January, explaining that aviation noise between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. has a particular impact on local residents.

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