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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 …

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. …

Life Inside Fence

Life Inside the Fence Despite the tall steel security fences that seem ready to halt people from any angle they might approach the airport, we actually organize quite a few events, many of which you don’t need to be a pilot to attend. Take a look at what’s coming up, as well as a few of the happenings you might …

Summer Runway Closures Detailed

About a month from now, during the first week of June, PWK will become a beehive of construction activity. Some 14 years after runway 16/34 was completely reconstructed, recent condition surveys tell us it’s time to resurface the runway again. Annoying as the inconvenience of runway construction disruptions might be, the thought of a piece of pavement crumbling beneath an aircraft is …

Airport 101: Pavement Markings Keep Pilots in Line

Chicago Executive Airport is one of thousands of airports that dot the American landscape. Each of them is different, but pilots have little trouble navigating around them because each of them use standardized pavement markings on the taxiways and runways that safely and efficiently guide them from the ramp to the sky. (Although they didn’t offer much help to the runners …

A Week of Great Airport Events

JetSmarter Party at Hangar 11 In case you missed some of the action this past week, both airport people and a number of star-like visitors gathered around the airport to learn about. Last Friday night, hangar 11 became the center of attention for dozens of people cheering on the launch of JetSmarter. The night was highlighted by a visit from comedian …