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Title: Welcome to the Greater Kankakee Airport

Welcome to the Greater Kankakee Airport
  • Serving the Kankakee River Valley and South

Creation of the Kankakee Valley Airport Authority
  • Incorporated on May 3rd 1957
  • Created a taxing district outlining the existing
    boundaries of the City of Kankakee and the
    Villages of Bradley and Bourbonnais
  • Implemented a board consisting of six members
    one appointee from each of the Mayors of
    Kankakee, Bradley, and Bourbonnais and three
    appointed by the Kankakee County Board
  • Is the organization put to the task of
    maintaining the Greater Kankakee Airport

Initial Airport Construction
  • FAA approved airport construction on March 12,
  • Original Specifications
  • Runway 4-22 was originally 2900 long x 75 wide
  • Taxiways, aircraft parking, and roadways were
  • Main hangar building, electrical vault, septic
    and well installations
  • Initial construction costs were 805,500 and were
    paid with federal, state, and local funds

Airport Growth and Development
  • The 1960-1979
  • The Southwest quadrant of the airport developed
    61 new aircraft hangars
  • Terminal building constructed
  • Runway 16-34 was built
  • Additional taxiways
  • Radio navigation facilities were installed

Airport Growth and Development
  • The 1980s
  • Runway 4-22 had grown to 5000 length and 100
  • Instrument Landing System Installed (ILS)
  • The FAA Flight Service Station was built in 1984
  • Provides weather services and flight planning to
    pilots and air traffic controllers in northern
  • FAA technicians oversee all navigation facilities
  • Construction began on the Southeast hangar rows,
    adding 22 new hangars

Airport Growth and Development
  • 1990 today
  • 20 more hangars built and 11 corporate style
    executive hangars
  • New airport grounds maintenance facility
  • City sewer and water service extended to airport
  • Runway 4-22 extended to 6000

Current Airport Layout
  • 2 runways 4-22 6000 long x 100 wide and 16-34
    4400 long x 75 wide
  • Runway 4-22 has more usable length than any
    runway at the Chicago Midway Airport
  • Longest usable length runway between Chicago
    OHare and Champaign Willard Airports
  • Airport designed to accommodate large size
    business jets such as the Gulfstream 5 (pictured)
  • Boeing 727 and other large size aircraft may
    utilize the facility, but are limited to weight

Airport Statistics
  • 50,000 operations annually (take-off/ landing)
  • 115 based aircraft
  • 110 full-time jobs and approximately 300 part
    time jobs
  • IL National Guard/ US Army Reserve center
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Airport employees
  • Rotors Wings airplane and helicopter flight
    school and service center
  • Curleys Aviation service center
  • Airport based corporate pilots

Fixed Base Operations
  • Companies based at the airport
  • Rotors Wings
  • Flight training for both airplane helicopter
  • Aircraft rental
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Curleys Aero Services
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • The Ultralight Place
  • Light sport aircraft sales and service
  • Kankakee Valley Airport Authority
  • Aircraft fuel services ramp services

Aircraft Storage
  • The airport has 115 aircraft storage hangars
  • Hangars vary in size to fit small Cessnas to
    large corporate jet aircraft
  • 100 T-Hangars for general aviation private
  • 15 corporate type executive aircraft hangars
  • Current airport inventory
  • 105 piston powered aircraft ranging from light
    single engine to cabin class twin engine
  • 8 turbine powered aircraft ranging from
    turboprops to corporate jets
  • One jet ex-military aircraft and two helicopters

Airport Utilization
  • ZLB Behring- Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Sears K-Mart- Product Distribution
  • Cognis- Chemical Manufacturing
  • Armstrong- Floor Coverings
  • American Spring Wire- Manufacturing
  • Crown Cork Seal- Container Manufacturing
  • Dow Chemical- Coatings Manufacturer
  • Cigna Healthcare- Insurance Company
  • Thoromatic- Machine Manufacturing
  • Local Retailers Target, Walmart, Best Buy, etc.

Airport Revenue
  • Aircraft storage 55
  • Property leasing 18
  • Cropland Farm leases 13
  • Aircraft fueling services 7
  • Airport businesses 6
  • Property taxes
  • FY 2007 1.6 of airport operations funding
    derived from property taxes

  • Capital Projects 40
  • Employee salaries and benefits 25
  • 2 full-time employees, 6 part-time
  • Airport utilities 8
  • Insurance expenses 8
  • Equipment expenditures 6
  • Professional fees 4
  • Airport repairs 4
  • Taxes 4
  • Office expense 1

Federal and State Grants
  • Airport works with grants from the FAA and
    Illinois Department of Transportation
  • Money is used for major construction projects
    such as runway overlays, taxiway additions,
    airport lighting replacements, and most major
    airside infrastructure additions
  • Airports grants are distributed based upon
    airport size, need for the improvement, airport
    operations, and number of based aircraft
  • The FAA and IDOT do not fund 100 of any project,
    so local funding is critical for airport

Recent Airport Projects
  • 650,000 Main runway overlay - completed - Summer
  • 400,000 Secondary runway lighting replacement -
    Fall 2008
  • 900,000 Main aircraft parking ramp overlay,
    taxiway resurfacing, and Taxiway lighting
    replacement - Scheduled 2009

Airport Expansion
  • Many available building sites for growth and
  • Chicago area airports are closing or are being
  • Chicago Meigs Field Closed
  • Howell/ New Lenox Airport Closed
  • Frankfort Airport Privately Bought
  • Joliet Airport Seeking Closure
  • Airport Master Plan (ALP) for the next 20 years
    is being finalized
  • Acts as a conceptual guideline for future

Surrounding Development
  • South Tri-city area development will bring more
    activity to the airport
  • Kankakee Community College Expansion
  • Kankakee County Administration Center Jail
  • Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter
  • Strip Mall Restaurants at Exit 308
  • Splash Valley Aquatic Center
  • Oak Ice Arena/ Fitness Center
  • Prariewalk Housing Development
  • Future Love Truck Plaza

The Future of the Greater Kankakee Airport
  • Attract new aviation business and operations
  • Utilities are in place for future development
  • Space is available for aviation oriented
    companies to develop to suit their needs
  • In the future the development of the South
    Chicago region will further enhance the airport,
    and it will continue to grow as long as it is
    properly protected and maintained
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