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Chicago Executive Airport (PWK)

Chicago Executive Airport (PWK) is a medium sized, primarily business, and general aviation airport located seven miles north of Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Pilots should be aware that it has its own Class Delta airspace, which underlies the Class Bravo airspace around O'Hare. Due to the airspace design and the proximity to O'Hare, all IFR approaches conducted to Chicago Executive are to runway one six, circle to land if necessary. View a printable document of the PWK information found on this Web page. 

Know Before You Go

  • PWK is in Class D airspace which underlies ORD Class B airspace.
  • Due to airspace design and proximity to ORD, all IFR approaches to PWK are to RWY 16 with circle to land if necessary.
  • Pay close attention to IFR cancellation instructions on the ATIS.
  • VFR arrivals from the north are asked to remain west of the railroad tracks that parallel RWY 16/34 located just west of the airport.
  • PWK consists of three intersecting RWYs that intersect in two spots on each RWY.
  • All RWYs intersect at the south end of the airport.
  • 3 FBOs and numerous private hangars and businesses are located around the perimeter of the airport.
  • When landing to the north a wrong surface landing exists because pilots will confuse RWY 30 and RWY 34 because they may line up on the first runway that they see.
  • RWY 34 and RWY 30 are almost the same length, but RWY 34 is twice as wide.
  • HS 1 is a large expanse of concrete located at the intersection of TWY K, C, E and RWY 06/24.  There is the risk of missing the Hold Short Line for RWY 06/24 at this intersection.
  • At HS-2, the RWY 06/24 Hold Short Line is located in a way that aircraft, on TWY D, may have to stop prior to making the turn onto TWY L.
  • When in doubt, hold short and ask ATC.
  • In some cases, the hold short line is at the edge of the ramp.  Pilots must have the proper clearance prior to exiting the ramp area.
  • When proceeding from the parking area between RWY 24 and RWY 30 (on the east side of the airport), pilots must be aware that when taxiing to RWY 24 via TWY B, the Hold Short Line is located well back from the approach end of RWY 24 to protect aircraft on final approach to that RWY.  This is due to the angle between TWY B and RWY 24.  For clarity, refer to the airport diagram.

Below find various PWK-specific information and things to be aware of, as well as general information to inform your preflight planning. This will be reviewed quarterly and updated as needed. This information is to supplement the From the Flight Deck Videos that are produced by the FAA Runway Safety Group. Here you will also find information provided by the local air traffic controllers at the airport where you intend to fly. The information is subject to change. Not for navigation or legal* pre-flight action. Always refer to official pre-flight materials such as, but not limited to, NOTAMs, airport diagrams, VFR charts and airport construction notices for the latest airport-specific details.

PWK Tower Administrative Office
Business Phone 847-229-6000
0800L to 1630L M-F

General Links

Here are some links to current FAA information.

Some Advisory Circulars for Reference 

Last updated: Friday, August 25, 2023