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Critters vs. the Hurricanes

When Hurricane Katrina hit the Louisiana Coast in the summer of 2005, it was then the strongest storm ever to strike the U.S. mainland. It displaced tens of thousands of people and thousands of animals in one fell swoop. Then came Irma last week to claim the top title and that, just a week after Hurricane Harvey had devastated the …

Collings Foundation Aircraft Depart to Rave Reviews

Collings Foundation Aircraft Depart to Rave Reviews By the time the Collings Foundation’s squadron of aircraft departed PWK last week, they’d already made quite the impression on people both on and near the airport. The 2017 visit of the world-famous B-17, B-24, B-25 and P-51 this year drew nearly 3,000 visitors, many who waited in long lines in the hot …

60 Years at PWK and Still Going Strong

Do You Know Lou Wipotnik? There aren’t too many things around PWK that date back to 1957. The old timers still call it Pal-Waukee Airport and will probably never stop. The airport’s original control tower built above hangar 4 in the 60s was torn down years ago and replaced by a more modern structure where controllers keep an eye on things …

Noise Exposure Map Update & Open House

Noise Exposure Map Update Open House Everyone’s invited to the airport’s public information Open House on June 29 to hear the latest updates about the Part 150 Noise Exposure Maps (NEM). The NEMs are used to generate the noise contour levels and establish best land use practices for all the airport’s runways. The FAA requires airports to update these NEMs …

PWK Named Illinois 2017 Reliever Airport of the Year

Chicago Executive Named Reliever Airport of the Year Wheeling IL, May 8, 2017 – The Illinois Department of Transportation last week named Chicago Executive Airport its 2017 Reliever Airport of the Year, confirming the airport’s critical role in the National Airspace System (NAS). Reliever airports were created decades ago in order to draw air traffic away from already congested airline …

Chicago Executive Airport’s EMAS System Earns Top Award

Chicago Executive Airport’s Safety System Earns Top Award Some of you might recall an incident in January of last year when during an early morning arrival, a Falcon 20 cargo jet crew realized after touchdown on Runway 16 that they wouldn’t be able to halt their aircraft before the end of the runway. Landing to the south, Palatine Road runs east …

Some Christmas Advice to New Drone Operators

A Little Advice to New Drone Operators Dear Drone Owner: Welcome to the aviation industry. You’re not alone. The Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation (IG) believes that when 2016 comes to an end in a few weeks, between 2 and 2.5 million new drones will have been sold in the United States. Adding in the million or …

Mr. Abbott Goes to Tokyo

Mr. Abbott Goes to Tokyo Late in September, Chicago Executive Airport Executive Director, Jamie Abbott, was invited to speak about EMAS, the engineered material arresting system installed on both ends of the airport longest runway 16/34. EMAS is designed to snag an airplane that normally might have run off the end of the runway, possibly spilling on to nearby highways. …