Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK) is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the state of Illinois. It’s home to dozens of turbine-powered business jets and turboprop aircraft. Many of the hundreds of smaller GA aircraft at KPWK are privately owned, while the remainder are part of a number of fleets used to teach new pilots how to fly.Located just 10 miles north of Chicago O’Hare International Airport, local air traffic is kept safely separated by the staff of an FAA-operated control tower open seven days a week. IFR traffic use an ILS, a Localizer, an RNAV or a VOR approach to runway 16 to slice down through the clouds on arrival. The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association’s (CABAA) ATC committee is always hard at work with the FAA teams from the PWK control tower, Chicago Approach Control, Milwaukee Approach Control, Chicago Center and the airspace specialists at the FAA’s Great Lakes Regional Office to create new and better instrument approaches, Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARS) and Standard Instrument Departures (SID) using the latest in available technology.
In 2014, PWK added another level of safety to its longest 5,000-foot runway when an Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) was installed at the departure end of runway 16.
A matching system is scheduled to be installed at the departure end of runway 34 during the summer of 2015.