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1 Welcome to the Greater Kankakee Airport Serving the Kankakee River Valley and South Chicago

2 Creation of the Kankakee Valley Airport Authority Incorporated on May 3 rd 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

3 Initial Airport Construction FAA approved airport construction on March 12, 1961 Original Specifications –Runway 4-22 was originally 2900 long x 75 wide –Taxiways, aircraft parking, and roadways were constructed –Main hangar building, electrical vault, septic and well installations –Initial construction costs were $805,500 and were paid with federal, state, and local funds

4 Airport Growth and Development The –The Southwest quadrant of the airport developed 61 new aircraft hangars –Terminal building constructed –Runway was built –Additional taxiways –Radio navigation facilities were installed

5 Airport Growth and Development The 1980s –Runway 4-22 had grown to 5000 length and 100 width 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 Illinois FAA technicians oversee all navigation facilities –Construction began on the Southeast hangar rows, adding 22 new hangars

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

7 Current Airport Layout 2 runways: long x 100 wide and 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 restrictions

8 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

9 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

10 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 aircraft –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

11 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.

12 Airport Revenue Aircraft storage 55% Property leasing 18% Cropland & Farm leases 13% Aircraft fueling services 7% Airport businesses 6% Property taxes –FY % of airport operations funding derived from property taxes

13 Expenses 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%

14 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 improvements

15 Recent Airport Projects $650,000 Main runway overlay - completed - Summer 2007 $400,000 Secondary runway lighting replacement - Fall 2008 $900,000 Main aircraft parking ramp overlay, taxiway resurfacing, and Taxiway lighting replacement - Scheduled 2009

16 Airport Expansion Many available building sites for growth and development Chicago area airports are closing or are being threatened –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 development

17 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

18 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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20 Contact Information Web Address: Phone: (815) Fax: (815)


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