The NTSB is investigating the January 5 fatal crash of a Learjet 35A in Prospect Heights, Ill. Owned and operated as a cargo hauler by Waterford, Mich.-based Royal Air Freight, N720RA was destroyed when it crashed into a forest preserve approximately two miles short of Chicago Executive (formerly Palwaukee) Airport (PWK), killing pilot Stephen Ellis and copilot Ryan Daenzer.
Chicago Executive Airport
After a dozen years, the litigation surrounding the fatal crash of a Gulfstream IV has finally been settled. The crash on takeoff at the former Palwaukee Municipal Airport (now Chicago Executive) northwest of Chicago on Oct.
Recent groundbreaking ceremonies for two new FBOs at Chicago Executive Airport may indicate the beginning of a growth trend for the former Palwaukee Municipal Airport (PWK). The FBOs, Brigadoon Aviation and Sovereign, will add services and amenities not currently offered by the two existing FBOs on the field. Both new FBOs are expected to open next fall.
Years of litigation over a Gulfstream IV fatal crash at Palwaukee (Ill.) Municipal Airport (since renamed Chicago Executive Airport) in October 1996 finally ended yesterday after Alberto-Culver, the airplane’s owner, and local municipalities that operate the airport reached a $6 million settlement.
Although Congress is on its annual summer vacation, the battle over privatization of ATC continued at press time. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) said in a telephone press conference on August 13 that they will fight a proposal in the pending FAA reauthorization bill that would allow privatization of 69 general aviation control towers now staffed by FAA controllers.
Part 150 (airport noise-compatibility planning) study recommendations for Palwaukee Municipal Airport (PWK) in Wheeling, Ill., were recently accepted by the city’s airport commission. The recommendations include a ban on Stage 2 jets with mtow under 75,000 lb between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Part 150 noise-study recommendations for Palwaukee Municipal Airport in Wheeling, Ill., which include a nighttime ban on Stage 2 jets with a mtow of less than 75,000 lb, were accepted by the city’s airport commission. The proposals now advance to the city of Prospect Heights, Ill., and the village of Wheeling for their acceptance or rejection.
A noise study will be one of the first jobs of the new Palwaukee Airport Community Engagement Council (PACE), an airport/citizen group organized earlier this year to address issues the local community has with the Wheeling, Ill. general aviation airport.
“Two years ago we were doing Wall Street road shows and rock band tours,” Andy Priester, director of charter operations at Chicago-based Priester Aviation, told AIN last month. “But the economy and world events have made those types of charters now almost extinct. Our new charter customer is the individual who can’t afford to spend five hours waiting for the privilege to get on a cramped airliner.”
With a noise study and plans for a Stage 2 aircraft nighttime ban approved by the Palwaukee Municipal Airport commission, Palwaukee (Ill.) Airport (PWK) has taken proactive steps to address noise issues. In late May an FAR Part 150 noise-compatibility study for the airport made 12 recommendations, including a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew on Stage 2 aircraft operations.