Lake in the Hills Airport

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Coordinates: 42°12′24″N 088°19′23″W / 42.20667°N 88.32306°W / 42.20667; -88.32306

Lake in the Hills Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Village of Lake in the Hills
Location Lake in the Hills, Illinois
Elevation AMSL 888 ft / 271 m
3CK is located in Illinois
Location of airport in Illinois
3CK is located in the US
3CK (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 3,801 1,159 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2016) 34,000
Based aircraft (2017) 101
Source: FAA[1] and airport web site[2]

Lake in the Hills Airport (FAA LID: 3CK) is a public airport located at 8407 Pyott Road in Lake in the Hills, a village in McHenry County, Illinois, United States. The airport is owned by the Village of Lake in the Hills and is located 38 miles (61 km) northwest of the central business district of Chicago.[1] It is a designated Federal Aviation Administration reliever airport for Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.[2]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Lake in the Hills Airport covers an area of 72 acres (29 ha) at an elevation of 888 ft (271 m). It contains one runway designated 8/26 with a 3,801 x 50 ft (1,159 x 15 m) asphalt pavement. The airport is uncontrolled and is open to the public.[1]

For the 12-month period ending August 31, 2016, the airport had 34,000 aircraft operations, an average of 93 per day; all general aviation. In January 2017, there were 101 aircraft based at this airport: 92 single-engine, 7 multi-engine and 2 jet.[1]

FBO services are provided by the Village of Lake in the Hills which offers both full and self-service 100LL and Jet A fuel.

Flight training and supplies provided by Blue Skies Flying Services. Pilot Flight Training Courses, another flight training school, opened its doors in March 2017.

A courtesy vehicle is available at the airport for use during business hours.

Redevelopment program[edit]

Pyott Road, to the east of the airport, was relocated to create an improved Runway Safety Area. A new parallel taxiway is now under construction that will be capable of operating as a temporary runway.[citation needed] A larger primary aircraft parking apron[citation needed] and new general aviation terminal will be constructed. Improvements will also be made to drainage, utilities and support facilities.

In 2014, the airport built a new fuel farm and moved old fuel tanks that were too close to the runway,[3] a project that cost about $760,000.[4] In July 2016, construction began for the final phase of the airport's improvement project.[5] In the project, the former airport office building was demolished to make way for a new taxiway, in order to move it away from the runway, which is being redone and widened from 50 feet (15 m) to 75 feet (23 m) to meet Federal Aviation Administration standards.[4][5] The taxiway was completed in November 2016,[6] and the entire project is expected to be completed in 2022, with the runway expansion expected to cost $5 million.[4][5]

Because of continued success in advancing this safety improvement program, the airport was named 2010 Reliever Airport of the Year in Illinois by the Illinois Division of Aeronautics.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for 3CK (Form 5010 PDF), effective Jan 5, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Lake in the Hills Airport, official site
  3. ^ Bustos, Joseph (July 7, 2014). "Lake in the Hills Airport Working Toward Safety Upgrades". The Northwest Herald. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Prokop, Hannah (August 4, 2016). "Lake in the Hills Airport Starts Construction on Final Phase of Taxiway Project". Northwest Herald. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Krishnamurthy, Madhu (July 29, 2016). "Lake in the Hills Begins Work on Runway Improvements". Daily Herald. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ Prokop, Hannah (November 20, 2016). "Lake in the Hills Airport Wraps Up Taxiway Project, Focuses on Future Safety Improvements". Northwest Herald. Retrieved November 27, 2016. 

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