Schaumburg Regional Airport
|Schaumburg Regional Airport|
|IATA: none – ICAO: none – FAA LID: 06C|
|Owner||Village of Schaumburg|
|Elevation AMSL||801 ft / 244 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Schaumburg Regional Airport (FAA LID: 06C) is a public use airport located 22 nautical miles (41 km) northwest of Chicago, in the village of Schaumburg, in Cook County, Illinois, United States. This airport is owned by Village of Schaumburg.
Facilities and aircraft
Schaumburg Regional Airport covers an area of 120 acres (49 ha) at an elevation of 801 feet (244 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 11/29 with a concrete surface measuring 3,800 by 100 feet (1,158 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2008, the airport had 36,000 aircraft operations, an average of 98 per day: 99% general aviation and 1% air taxi. At that time there were 97 aircraft based at this airport: 81.4% single-engine, 12.4% multi-engine and 6.2% helicopter.
According to village records, the Schaumburg Regional Airport was officially built in 1959, originally named Roselle Field. While 1959 was the official date the airport was built, this is not the earliest date that aviation activity has been traced Schaumburg. Navy photographs show the area that appears to be around Schaumburg and Barrington Roads as being listed as an OLF (Optional Landing Field) for the pilots training at the Glenview Naval Air Station back in 1943. In one of the photographs, a light, high wing aircraft can be seen in the grass.
1960 to 1985
The earliest map depicting Roselle Field was the December 10, 1964 Chicago Sectional Chart. According the Illinois Airport Directory, the manager was Richard Leach, and there was Beechcraft sales/service on the field. Roselle Field was annexed into the Village of Schaumburg. The runway was 2,500 feet (760 m) long and 50 feet (15 m) wide at the time. In 1965 the runway was extended to 3,100 feet (940 m). On February 6, 1970 President Richard M. Nixon flew to Roselle Field to dedicate a water treatment plant at the corner of Barrington and Irving Park Road in neighboring Hanover Park. In the early 1970s the name was changed to Schaumburg Airpark. The Fixed Base Operator (FBO) changed to Northwest Flyers in 1985, who continues to operate as the FBO today.
1994 to 1999
The Village of Schaumburg purchased the airport in 1994 to prevent it from being sold to developers. In 1995 the village replaced the 3,000’ x 40’ asphalt runway with a 3,800’ by 100’ concrete runway with a parallel taxiway, and concrete tie-down areas for parking.
In 1998 construction of the 26,000 square foot terminal building was completed, including space for a quality restaurant, public meeting rooms, and space for businesses to operate in a facility that is both functional and architecturally impressive. 1999 saw the arrival of a new fuel farm for jet fuel (Jet-A) and aviation gasoline (100LL Avgas). A self service station was installed for the 100LL.
2000 to Present
New hangars, consisting of 33 units were completed between 2000 to 2001, as well as the installation of the PAPI. PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicator) is a system of lights that provide pilots vertical guidance to the runway. This assists the pilot in determining whether they are too high, too low, or right on the glide path.