On June 17, 1997, the City of Chicago announced that airlines operating at Chicago Midway International Airport (Midway) had agreed to use designated noise abatement flight procedures in accordance with the Fly Quiet Program. The Fly Quiet Program was implemented in an effort to reduce the impacts of aircraft noise on the neighborhoods surrounding Midway. The Fly Quiet Program is a voluntary program that encourages pilots and air traffic controllers to use designated nighttime preferential runways and flight tracks developed by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) in cooperation with the Midway Noise Compatibility Commission, the airlines and the air traffic controllers. These preferred routes are intended to direct aircraft over less-populated areas, such as forest preserves and highways, as well as commercial and industrial areas.
The Fly Quiet Program Manual contains detailed information regarding arrival and departure procedures, ground run-up policies and procedures, noise walls, pertinent airfield information and land use surrounding Midway. This document was prepared in consultation with the Midway Noise Compatibility Commission.