For many years, J.A. Air Center was known solely for its maintenance and avionics services, which since 1975 have been housed at Dupage Airport in West Chicago, Ill.
DuPage County, Illinois
Bell 222, Aurora, Ill., Oct. 15, 2008–The Air Angels medical transport helicopter hit a 734-foot-tall radio station tower, killing all four people on board, including the commercial pilot, a flight paramedic, a flight nurse and the patient. The accident occurred at 11:58 p.m. in clear weather. The strobe lights on the tower were working before the helicopter hit, but their electrical wires were severed in the crash.
T-Bird Aviation moved into its new facility earlier this summer, following less than one year of construction at DuPage County Airport outside Chicago. The new complex includes some 48,000 sq ft of hangar space and 6,500 sq ft of office area. Conference rooms are available for clients of the charter specialist. Security measures at the new buildings include employee-specific access cards.
DuPage has 10.8 million sq ft of pavement, including runways, taxiways, ramp area, roads and parking lots. When it snows, field crews clear an area equivalent to 102 miles of two-lane road. According to Michael Masciola, director of business development and marketing for the DuPage Airport Authority, the airport has won numerous awards for its snow removal prowess.
“Without a doubt, DuPage Airport [DPA] is the premier corporate aviation airport in the Midwest–both land and air side,” David Bird, executive director of the DuPage Airport Authority (DAA) in West Chicago, told AIN. “It’s not idle boasting; we can facilitate air traffic and still be a good neighbor in the community. Those are two key ingredients in the success of any airport.”