KPWK Chicago Executive Airport
(411 acres) Wheeling, IL

Four Nearby Instrument Airports:
[3CK] 20 W ; [C81] 15 NW ; [KORD] 8 S ;
[KUGN] 19 N ;
(ave. distance: 16 nm)

Total Based Aircraft: 218
(142 single-props, 30 multi-props)
(43 jets, 3 helicopters)
Operations & ATC:
(ave. 258 ops/day )
16hr FAA towerFAA staffing as of 9/24/11: 21
FAA compiles ATADS data for this facility. Airport operations in 2012 were DOWN 25% vs. 2007 operations, and DOWN 60% from the peak year (1990).

FlightAware.com FlightStats.com

Airport Funding:
Four-year average AIP funding: AIP Grants averaged under $250,000 per year, during 2010-2013.



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  • 6-25-2013Plane crashes in Wheeling, narrowly misses apartments
    …A Beech Kingair inbound from northern Tennessee approaches to the west of the airport, aligns for a Runway 16 landing, and impacts trees north of the airport, right next to the Foxboro Apartments. The accident happened around 8:27PM.
  • 1-5-2010Two die in Learjet crash; NTSB Full Narrative Report
    …The pilot and copilot were killed when their air cargo learjet, flying empty to pick up a load at KPWK, cancelled IFR then crashed during a VFR approach. Tape recordings suggest that aircraft icing was a significant causal factor.
  • 4-19-2007School’s new home forces small airport to shut runway
    …Local officials approved a Montessori school, but FAA then told the airport authority they were jeapordizing federal funding if they allowed construction. A campaign and lawsuits followed. The 3,000′ by 50′ runway was kept open for ‘safety’ (though, many will point out, there is not a lot that is safe about a 50′ wide runway).
  • 1-30-2006Four die in Cessna Golden Eagle crash; NTSB Full Narrative Report
    …The twin cessna inbound IFR executed an ILS approach to Runway 16, cancelled IFR to land Runway 34. Crashed 0.9-miles southwest of the airport. Many pilot reports of icing conditions.