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Discussion in 'ORD/MDW | Chicago Area Airports' started by Gargoyle, Feb 14, 2015.
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On a KLM ORD-AMS flight in Feb. 2015. Two things jumped out at me, one in particular.
There's an airport on Northerly Island? And, what happened to the Chicago Executive Airport?
Yup, you caught both. As to Northerly Island, well, "X" marks the spot...
OK, guys. No quibble about Northerly but the airport code is PWK so it's still Palwaukee to regular flyers there. It ain't in Chicago, anyway!
OTOH, Orchard Field does not remain even though there may be an apple seed or two deep under the asphalt. The moment it was paved was transformational. It's still ORD.
My personal favourite Chicago area airport always was Miegs (CGX). Landing there one could be at Continental bank or First National bank in five minutes or so on foot. Somewhere I have photos of me landing there for the first time in my Piper Seneca V, IIRC. I really hate that the mayor closed it by stealth in 2003.
It's good that PWK and CGX remain aline somewhere, even if only on outdated charts. Thanks for posting this, Gargoyle.
No way. At least 8 minutes, even if you caught the green light/walk sign crossing LSD.
I took my flight lessons at PWK, so PWK - CGX was one of the first routes to fly (1980 Beechcraft C23 Sundowner was the plane of choice), though we mostly did low approach instead of actual landing (which was pricey).
What horrible exaggeration on my part! IIRC I did make 1st Chicago consistently in five minutes. Maybe I walked faster than you did. Of course, I admit, I has to secure the airplane before leaving so it probably really took about 20 minutes.
I did my LR-JET type rating partly there (it was done on a long cross country for business with the examiner acting as copilot. We did all the low approaches and misses at PWK in actual IFR. I will never forget that one!