Palwaukee Runway Warning

Palwaukee airport (KPWK), just north of O’Hare, is used by many of you, including some flying home in their new Cirrus. Runway 6/24 has always had a hump in it where it crosses 16/34. Due to recent repaving of 16/34 the hump is now worse. There is a serious risk of a prop strike or worse when you hit the hump, especially for a plane that lands as fast as the Cirrus. Windy City Flyers has prohibited it’s members from landing on 6/24 in any plane. If you hear on the ATIS that 6 or 24 are being used just say “Unable 6 (or 24)” when you first call in. The tower is used to it and they are usually using two runways at a time so they can just give you the other runway.

Jim,

I noticed the following NOTAMs for Palwaukee:

Chicago/Prospect Hgts/Whee IL (Palwaukee Muni) [PWK]: October NOTAM #9
16/34 closed will be effective October 11th, 2002 at 10:00 PM CDT (0210120300) - October 14th, 2002 at 06:00 AM CDT (0210141100)

Chicago/Prospect Hgts/Whee IL (Palwaukee Muni) [PWK]: October NOTAM #8
16/34 closed will be effective October 11th, 2002 at 12:00 AM CDT (0210110500) - October 11th, 2002 at 06:00 AM CDT (0210111100)

I wonder — is this closure so they can fix the problem? Or so they can make it worse?!?

What does your local FSDO have to say about this nasty situation?

Cheers,
Roger

Those closures are for electrical work, landscaping grading etc. I don’t know what the FSDO thinks but the problem has existed for some time.

JIm, the problem has existed for so long that it’s amazing there hasn’t been (to my knowledge) any significant accident resulting. The runways (other than 16/34) are so bad that I’m willing to drive 50 minutes to DPA rather than 20 minutes to PWK. I made that decision over 20 years ago and have never once regretted it.