Aurora Municipal Airport

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Chicago/Aurora Municipal Airport
Aurora Municipal Airport (Illinois)-1.JPG
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorCity of Aurora
ServesChicago / Aurora
LocationSugar Grove, Illinois
Elevation AMSL712 ft / 217 m
Coordinates41°46′19″N 088°28′32″W / 41.77194°N 88.47556°W / 41.77194; -88.47556Coordinates: 41°46′19″N 088°28′32″W / 41.77194°N 88.47556°W / 41.77194; -88.47556
WebsiteOfficial website
ARR is located in Illinois
Location of airport in Illinois
ARR is located in the United States
ARR (the United States)
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
Aircraft operations (2016)62,072
Based aircraft (2017)338
Source: FAA[1]

Chicago/Aurora Municipal Airport (IATA: AUZ, ICAO: KARR, FAA 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 Airport in 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), and 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

For the 12-month period ending June 30, 2016, the airport had 62,072 aircraft operations, an average of 170 per day: 97% general aviation, 2% air taxi and <1% military. In January 2017, there were 338 aircraft based at this airport: 242 single-engine, 63 multi-engine, 27 jet aircraft and 6 helicopters. 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.[5]




  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Form 5010 for ARR PDF, effective Jan 5, 2017.
  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. ^ Smith, Gerry; Dizikes, Cynthia. "WWII bomber crashes near Aurora, all 7 aboard said to be OK". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-06-13.
  6. ^ "Airport Master Record" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.

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