Aurora Municipal Airport (Illinois)

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Chicago/Aurora Municipal Airport
Aurora Municipal Airport (Illinois)-1.JPG
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator City of Aurora, Illinois
Serves Chicago / Aurora
Location Sugar Grove, Illinois
Elevation AMSL 712 ft / 217 m
Coordinates 41°46′19″N 088°28′32″W / 41.77194°N 88.47556°W / 41.77194; -88.47556
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 6,501 1,982 Concrete
15/33 5,503 1,677 Concrete
18/36 3,198 975 Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations 66,582
Based aircraft 259
Source: FAA[1]

Chicago/Aurora Municipal Airport (IATA: AUZICAO: KARRFAA LID: ARR) is a public airport opened in April 1966, located in the village of Sugar Grove, Illinois, United States, 8 miles (13 km) west of the city of Aurora, both in Kane County. The airport is owned and operated by the City of Aurora. It is 50 miles (80 km) west of Chicago and is designated as a reliever airport for Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports.[1][2]

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for both the FAA and IATA, Chicago/Aurora Municipal Airport is assigned ARR by the FAA and AUZ by the IATA (which assigned ARR to Alto Río Senguer, Argentina). The airport's ICAO identifier is KARR.[3][4]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Aurora Municipal Airport covers an area of 1,100 acres (450 ha), which contains three runways:[1]

  • Runway 9/27: 6,501 x 100 ft (1,982 x 30 m), Surface: Concrete
  • Runway 15/33: 5,503 x 100 ft (1,677 x 30 m), Surface: Concrete
  • Runway 18/36: 3,198 x 75 ft (975 x 23 m), Surface: Asphalt

Current project planning calls for a parallel grass runway (9L/27R) during fiscal years 2010-2012.[5] For the 12-month period ending August 31, 2013, the airport had 75,328 aircraft operations, an average of 206 per day: 99% general aviation, <1% air taxi and <1% military. There are 343 aircraft based at this airport: 252 single engine, 66 multi-engine, 20 jet aircraft and 5 helicopters. [6] J.A. Air Center and Lumanair are the airport's two fixed base operators (FBO).


On June 13, 2011, the aircraft Liberty Belle, a B-17 Flying Fortress crashed in Oswego, Illinois after taking off from Aurora. Early reports indicate that shortly after takeoff the pilot reported an engine fire, and attempted to return to the airfield. He was unable to do so, however, and chose instead to put the aircraft down in a nearby cornfield with seven people on board, all of whom were reported to be safe.[7]


Aurora Municipal Airport
Aurora Municipal Airport (west side) 
Air Classics Museum building 
Air Classics Museum display 

[6]== References ==

  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for ARR (Form 5010 PDF), effective 31 May 2007
  2. ^ Aurora Municipal Airport (official web site)
  3. ^ Great Circle Mapper: AUZ / KARR - Chicago/Aurora, Illinois (Aurora Municipal Airport)
  4. ^ Great Circle Mapper: ARR / SAVR - Alto Rio Senguerr, Argentina (D. Casimiro Szlapelis Airport)
  5. ^ "5-Year Capital Plan" (PDF). Aurora Municipal Airport. 5 December 2006. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Airport Master Record" (PDF). Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Smith, Gerry; Dizikes, Cynthia. "WWII bomber crashes near Aurora, all 7 aboard said to be OK". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 

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