Charter/management company North American Jet (NAJ) flew the first revenue passenger flight in an Eclipse 500 VLJ on August 17. The trip originated at the company’s base at Chicago Executive Airport (formerly Palwaukee), carrying two pilots and two passengers to Martin State Airport in Baltimore, at 33,000 feet in Eclipse 500 S/N 18, according to NAJ president Ken Ross.
Chicago Executive Airport
Corporate pilot (and AIN contributing writer) Rob Mark heads up the Palwaukee (Ill.) Airport Community Engagement Council, or PACE. To mark the airport’s recognition as the 2004 Illinois reliever airport of the year, PACE has published a simple brochure that highlights the airport’s contributions to the local economy and its effect on the community’s social structure.
The Illinois DOT selected Palwaukee Municipal as the state’s general aviation reliever airport of the year. Palwaukee was chosen for its work in community support, airport maintenance and “overall promotion of general aviation.” Airport manager Dennis Rouleau credited the two-year-old PACE (Palwaukee Airport Community Engagement Council) outreach program for helping to shift the community’s attitude toward the airport.
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Gulfstream officials yesterday got a chuckle out of claims by rival Bombardier that the Canadian manufacturer’s Global 5000 business jet beat their own Savannah, Georgia-built G450 on a recent speed-record flight.
Looking to strengthen its position as a true one-stop-shop for business jet service in North America, BizJet International (Booth No. 5152) has founded a new coast-to-coast partnership network.
Palwaukee Municipal Airport has a new name. The Wheeling, Ill. airport is now called Chicago Executive. Palwaukee started in 1925 and grew into “the most important reliever airport in the country,” according to the new chairman of the board, Kevin Dohm. A United Airlines pilot, Dohm pointed out that the airport is only eight miles from O’Hare and 20 miles from Chicago’s business district.
Pilots flying to the former Palwaukee Airport north of Chicago are going to have to remember to say Chicago Executive Airport when they call the tower. The airport changes its name officially on October 17. Palwaukee Airport opened in 1925 and was originally named Gauthier’s Flying Field.
BizJet has signed a maintenance agreement with TAG Aviation USA to provide airframe and engine maintenance services for TAG Aviation’s fleet of managed business jets. “TAG’s continued growth in fleet size and flight activity dictated that we secure access to maintenance facilities that meet our requirements for safety, quality and on-time performance.
FBO chain Trajen has purchased three more FBOs, bringing its total to 22 facilities. Trajen bought the three FBOs–located at Palwaukee Airport in Wheeling, Ill., and in Waukesha and Kenosha, Wis.–from North American Jet. The Kenosha facility is primarily a satellite maintenance base, according to Donald Prescott, vice president for strategic planning and corporate development.