Kaniów airport is a civil, public airport with limited certification. The owner of the airport is Bielski Park Techniki Lotnicza Sp. z o.o, and the administrator of Bielski Park Technologiczny Aviation, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Sp. z o.o. ICAO code for the airport is EPKW. The coordinates of the Kaniów airport are 49 ° 56′27.10 ″ N 19 ° 01′14.97 ″ E, and the elevation is 254 m (833 ft) above sea level.
Kaniów is a town in southern Poland, in the Silesian Province, Bielsko County, Bestwina Commune, within the Bielsko agglomeration. The area of the village council is 1,251 ha, and the population is 3,189. From the airport in Kaniów it is: 17 km to Bielsko Biała, 12 km to Pszczyna, 50 km to Katowice.
History of the airport in Kaniów.
The idea of building an airport on the premises of a hard coal mine was born in 2006, and then plans were made. Already then, it was decided to build a hardened RWY. The airport was built on the site of the former "Silesia" hard coal mine heaps. In November 2007, RWY was completed. In 2008, hangars, an air traffic control tower and other facilities were built. On September 11, 2008, the airport in Kaniów was officially opened. Since 2014, the airport is listed in the airport register of the Civil Aviation Office under item 57 (registration number 65).
Data of the airport in Kaniów:
Initially (2008) RWY was hardened (asphalt concrete pavement), 700 m x 24 m in size. In 2018, RWY was enlarged to 1,000 m x 30 m. The RWY direction is 132/312 degrees. According to MTOW, the load capacity of the runway is 5 700 kg. The airport has an asphalt taxiway, 8 m wide. Radio frequency of the airport: 127.730 MHz - "Kaniów Radio".
The airport has lighting for flights at night and difficult weather conditions, which can be activated by radio from the aircraft by pressing the transmission button on the 136.425 MHz frequency 7 times, in about 5 seconds. The lights stay on for 15 minutes.
Only VFR flights are performed at the airport in Kaniów. The airport is used for training, tourism, GA and rescue purposes. Attractions at the airport include sightseeing flights and tandem parachute jumps.
From December 16, 2019, the airport is used by the Polish Medical Air Rescue, for which helipads and technical and social facilities have been built. The Polish Medical Air Rescue to Kaniów was moved to the airports in Gliwice, but the target base of the Polish Medical Air Rescue is to be at the Katowice-Muchowiec airport.
The following fuel is available at the airport: Avgas 100LL, JET A1 aviation gasoline. The airport officially operates from 08:00 to 16:00, but in reality flights can be made 24 hours a day. The airport is open all year round. It is possible to hangar at the airport. The FIS information is obtained from the FIS Kraków service.
Bielski Park Techniki Lotnicza Sp. z o.o also aims to build light and ultra-light aircraft. For example, MD-11 Orka, 3Xtrim.
Written by Karol Placha Hetman