Executive Director Hand Delivers Some Cash
The PWK Board of Directors and the airport’s Executive Director last week delivered a check for $2,000 to Madeleine Monaco, this year’s President of the Chicago Executive Pilots’ Association. The check, destined for the pilot association’s scholarship fund, was the airport’s donation from money earned at the July 4th weekend’s 5K race that brought over 400 runners and walkers to the field. Each year in June, the pilots association announces the winners of that year’s scholarships. The total amount awarded annually is equal to roughly half of the amount donated each year.
Scholarship winners are students attending an Illinois accredited institute of higher learning in an aviation program focused on a wide range of subjects in addition to learning to fly. Monaco said, “The past few years have brought us many applicants across the spectrum of aviation careers. All have shown dedication, good grades, financial need and good career goals. We have also funded cadet flight training from time to time at the Johnson Flight Academy held each year at Coles County Airport for Civil Air Patrol Cadets.” In the recent past, individual scholarships amounts have averaged about $1,000 range although one in 2013 did total $6,500. Monaco said the association hopes to see the scholarship’s base fund continue growing each year. Learn more about the Chicago Executive Pilots Association online.
Airport Noise Committee Holds First Meeting
The Airport Noise Committee (ANC) met for the first time on September 15th at the airport office to discuss the group’s purpose, as well as the details of how subject matter would be handled in the future. Future quarterly meetings were scheduled including the December’s that will takes place on December 8th at 6:30 p.m., again at the airport office. The ANC is comprised of one Aldermen from Prospect Hts. and one Trustee from Wheeling, in addition to three local residents, one from Wheeling, one from Prospect Hts. and one from Mt. Prospect. rounding out the ANC is airport Executive Director Jamie Abbott, Airport Communications Director Rob Mark and PWK Tower Manager Jim Bergagna. The group generally agreed to evaluate a number of issues on the table, such as possibly adding noise monitors around the airport to measure noise levels, as well as updating the airport’s noise models that recently expired. Another goal is to develop cost-effective solutions to airport-generated noise when possible while reviewing how noise complaints currently generated by local residents will also fit into the ANC’s agenda. The group learned that the option to seek federal funding for any local noise sound proofing of homes, for instance, is dependent upon first updating those old noise models. Jamie Abbott said he’d be talking to the Board about that at the next meeting in October. While the next quarterly meeting is, of course, open to the public, questions or comments about airport noise issues or topics to be added to the next agenda may be sent at any time to Rob Mark at email@example.com, prior to that December meeting.
Also on September 15th, nearly 50 people attended an event created by the Wheeling/Prospect Hts. Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with both the airport and Atlantic Aviation to help create the next generation of leaders in the manufacturing industry. Key to the event’s success this year and in the future, will be matching the needs of local businesses with the programs young people are studying before they graduate from local academic institutions such as Harper College, National Lewis University, District 214, Wheeling High School and Solex College. Wheeling Village Manager Dean Argiris and Prospect Hts. Mayor Nick Helmer kicked off the afternoon’s presentations, followed by comments from representatives of the various schools and finally much Q & A from the audience. The audience also learned that Wheeling and Prospect Hts. are part of the fourth largest manufacturing district in the United States. While this was the first time this particular chamber leadership gathering was held, it is expected to become an annual event. More information about the Wheeling Prospect Hts. Chamber of Commerce is available online.