Airport News


Currently have 27 aircraft based at the airport including 4 corporate.

We implemented a sustainable timber harvest plan on the east side of the property that generated a significant sum to be used for grant shares and capital improvments. The plan will allow future harvests every 10 to 20 year intervals. Seventy acres on the west side has been marked for TSI (timber stand improvement) by removing undesirable species which allows for timber to grow providing future income.

The main hangar has been insulated with cell foam which will reduce our heating cost. We purchased 5 new propane tanks which will allow us flexibility when ordering propane in the future. The previous tanks were owned by the supplier. Based on previous winters, we expect to save thousands on heating costs.

The Mayor has negotiated with Cattaraugus County to reduce our property taxes.

We received funding for a new perimeter fence to prevent deer access to the runway which interferes with aircraft landings and takeoffs. This has been a real safety concern due to holes in the existing fencing that is 40 to 50 years old.

A new 5 camera CCTV security system has been installed for airport security.

Equipment at the airport now consists of a JD 5093 Tractor with 15 JD Rough Cut Mower, JD 3720 Tractor with 72 inch Mower Deck, Cub Cadet Trim Mower, Hyundai HL 730 Front End Loader, Snowcrete Snow Blower, 1996 Ford Dump Truck with Sand Spreader, Ford F-150 Pickup and a 2009 Crew Car. This year we have added a 14 foot Ramp Snow Plow for the existing Hyundai 730 Loader, Kubota Utility Tractor for moving aircraft and a 14 foot Landpride Finishing Mower for the existing JD 3720 Tractor. A future upgade, depending on grants will be a Hyundai HL 955 Loader with HLA 20 ft. Snowplow to replace the existing 1996 Dump Truck with 10 ft. Snow Plow.


New T-Hangars are now rented.


May 12, 2014 Construction has begun to add 10 New T-Hangars to the facility.

November 10, 2014 New T-Hangars passed inspection except for electrical portion which will be completed during the Winter months.


January 2, 2013 Cattaraugus County/Olean Municipal Airport had revenues 37 percent higher than the 2010-11 fiscal year. This was attributed to increased hangar rental and fuel sales, perhaps due to the installation of the new 24 hour self-serve Fuel Station.

July 10, 2013 City lawmakers have cleared the second component of the latest project at the Cattaraugus County/Olean Municipal Airport.
At the Common Council legislative session Tuesday, its members unanimously approved a contract with Zoladz Construction Co. Inc. to install a new taxiway at the airport on Hatch Hill Road. The contractor work costs $613,000 and is being paid for in full with a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). While the newly approved contract allows Zoladz crews to start work, it will likely be some time before the project starts, said Tom Windus, Public Works director. The taxiway project is contingent on the FAA grant. But since the sequester, the FAA has been slow to release grant monies. The project will either start this fall or next spring. When Zoladz crews start putting in the new taxiway, they will be working alongside crews from another contractor. At the council’s last legislative session, city aldermen approved a $573,673 contract with Building Innovation Group Inc. for the construction of a 75,000-square-foot, 10-bay T-hangar. The hangar construction is being mostly paid for with a $630,000 state grant awarded to the city in December 2011. The city is expected to contribute $70,000 toward its construction.  A portion of the project’s funding has already been used to pay for engineers with Syracuse-based C&S Engineers Inc. to design the building.

July 23, 2013
The Airport Support Group purchases a 2009 Chevrolet Impala (used police vehicle) from the City of Olean and donates it back to the city for use at the airport as a Crew Car.


August 28, 2012

During the Olean Common Council's regular meeting, city aldermen unanimously approved an agreement with C&S Engineers Inc. to design plans for and oversee the construction of a $700,000, 10 bay T-hangar at the Cattaraugus County/Olean Airport. The hangar project is being funded by a $630,000 NYS grant the city received in December. The city is required to contribute $70,000 toward the hangar project. The $700,000 taxiway project is completely funded by a Federal Aviation Administration grant. Construction is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2013.

July 25, 2012

Approximately 100 people attended the Cattaraugus County Planning Board Dinner Meeting held at the airport. A Power Point Presentation explaining the importance of the airport was shown by the Airport Support Group. The County Legislators were informed of the need for a new mower for the airport and they promised to see if the county could provide a machine or funds needed. It was suggested by the county that the City of Olean invite Legislators from the other communities in the county to a meeting to discuss future support for the airport.

April 23, 2012

The refurbishment of Cattaraugus/Olean Airport's Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) replaced many aging weather measuring sensors on the station and added thunderstorm detection capability. Another significant new feature was installing equipment to send the airport's hourly Meteorological Report (METAR) to the FAA weather information distribution system for pilot flight planning. The new KOLE METAR makes planning a flight into Cattaraugus/Olean faster, easier and safer.

January 26, 2012 Bill O'Connell had the pleasure of entertaining eleven students and staff members from the Cattaraugus County Rehabilitation Center during a tour of the Catt.Co./Olean Airport on Thursday, Jan. 26th. The visitors enjoyed the tour, and are already excited about attending the annual Aerobatic Competition scheduled for June 23 and 24 at the local airport. Other groups (school, scouts, adult groups, etc.) interested in touring the airport should call Bill O'Connell at (716) 492-2715.


Cattaraugus County Legislators withdrew their earlier commitment of $60,000 toward the 24 hour Fuel Facility at the airport and committed $13,500 toward airport operational expenses.

Catt. Co. / Olean Airport Flight Log For 2011

Total Flights: 530

Local Flights: Business 30 – Non-Business 145

Visiting Flights: Business 158 – Non-Business 133

Estimated Flights after normal business hours: 64

NOTE: We expect the number of flights to increase in 2012 due to the new 24/7 Self-Serve Fuel System.

Business Flights arrived from various locations including the following:

Hornell, NY Bradford, PA Niagara Falls, NY Wellsville, NY
Lynchburg, VA Canada Teterboro, NJ Pontiac, MI
White Plains, NY Cape Cod, MA Rome, NY New York, NY
Sodus, NY Phoenix, AZ South Bend, IN S. Carolina
Buffalo, NY Albany, NY State College, PA Galway, NY
Houston, TX Massena, NY Tampa, FL Burbank, CA
Akron, OH Charlotte, NC Richardson, TX Lapeer, MI
Burlington, VT Providence, RI Wilmington, DE Boulder, CO
Bernardsville, NJ St. Lucie, FL Oklahoma City, OK Valparaiso, IN
Cleveland, OH Danbury, CT Ft. Lauderdale, FL Ellicottville, NY
Anchorage, AK Juneau, AK Midlothian, TX Winterville, NC
Bedford, MA     Oswego, NY


Companies represented:

Ohio State University NYSEG Time Warner
Angel Flight Cutco International Aerobatics
New York State Governors Office New York State Senators Office Dresser – Rand
Olean General Hospital National Aeronautical Survey Co. New York State Police
Mercy Flight Absolute Care of Allegany Napoleon Engineering
Olean Medical Group St. Bonaventure University Northrup Construction
Cobain Financial Air Ambulance Oreck Vacuum
Holiday Valley National Grid RG&E
Keystone Survey Co. Simtec, Inc. Bank of America
Airborne Resources Cosco Associates New York State Army National Guard



Cattaraugus County legislators authorized a $17,800 contract with the City of Olean for improvements at the Cattaraugus County/Olean Municipal Airport. This will supplement the city's portion of a government grant to fill and seal expansion joints & cracks on the main runway, purchase insulation for the heavy equipment garage, an aircraft caddy and a new lawn mower.

City Council voted to allow the mayor to sign agreements with the state Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration for future grant funding in order to speed up the process.

Future Fuel Facility Update

On January 29, 2008, the City of Olean submitted an application to The New York State Dept. of Transportation for a grant under the Business Airport Development Program for a Self-Serve 24 Hour Fuel Facility System for the Cattaraugus County – Olean Airport.

The grant has been approved and funds released. Installation is scheduled for the Spring of 2010.

Airport Master Plan Meeting – 2009

The Catt/Olean Airport Long Range Planning Committee are pictured at their meeting at the local airport on May 12th.  The meeting was chaired by Ms. Gayle McKee of the C & S Engineering Firm of Buffalo.  Attending were Mayor David Carrucci of Olean, plus representatives of Assemblyman Giglio's office, Cattaraugus County Legislature, City of Olean, Southern Tier Planning, several area businesses, airport employees, and the Airport Support Group.  A long term plan must be on file before future Federal Aviation Association grants are accessible.

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Airport Furniture

The Cattaraugus County / Olean Airport Support Group has solicited local businesses for donations of good used furniture or funds to purchase furniture for the new airport lobby and kitchen. For updated Lobby go to Photos section.

Airport Master Plan

The Olean Common Council agreed, on Tuesday May 20, 2008, to accept a $108,000 federal grant to update a master plan for the Cattaraugus County/Olean Airport.

According to FAA guidelines, small airports should update their master plan every five years. Ours has not been updated in 20 years.

The grant money will be used to hire a consultant to review the facilities and make recommendations for future improvements.

The city will spend $264,840 supporting the airport this budget year.

Future Fuel Facility

On January 29, 2008, the City of Olean submitted an application to The New York State Dept. of Transportation for a grant under the Business Airport Development Program for a Fuel Facility System for the Cattaraugus County – Olean Airport.

Letters of support from the following were included with the application:

Alcas Corporation

Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism

Cattaraugus County / Olean Airport Support Group

Cattaraugus Empire Zone Corporation

Cooper Power Systems

Dresser – Rand

Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce

Integrity Builders L.L.C.

J. D. Northrup Construction Inc.

Napoleon Engineering Services

New York State Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio

Pengilly Corporation

St. Bonaventure University

The entire Cattaraugus County area will benefit from this grant because of 24/7 service resulting in increased fuel sales which will help to make the airport more self sustaining.


Hangar, ramp and security renovations are well underway transforming the Cattaraugus County/Olean Airport into an evermore valuable asset to the regional community providing quality services to business and private travelers entering our region. A airport ribbon cutting ceremony is schedule for November 15th at the Cattaraugus County/Olean Airport highlighting the improvements completed in 2007 to put the Cattaraugus County/Olean Airport on par with other county and municipal airports, establishing a solid regional infrastructure for future growth of Cattaraugus County.


The Olean Airport Support Group, formed in 2005, is excited to announce its enhanced presence in the Western New York region. After gaining momentum and support from local and state governments, it is time to take the next step in their journey for spreading awareness about aviation in Cattaraugus County. To continue carrying out their message, they have been meeting regularly to build a strong brand for the airport, working to increase awareness, both in the community and outside of the area. An extension of their communication efforts includes this web site. Throughout the summer months, the ASG has worked in concert to have an online presence to share news, history, photos, and other important airport information. As the site progresses, visitors will find it to be a source for pilots, travelers, and anyone interested in the Cattaraugus County Olean Airport. The committee member who stepped up tremendously to spearhead this project is Janice Volk. "We wanted to take our mission to the next level. Focusing some of our marketing efforts online became the obvious next step. We're very excited to get people interested in seeing our site's pages." Additional efforts from a support group member came from Jason Wells, who provided technical support and free web hosting from his Olean-based business, Olean Web Hosting. Other members were able to provide information about the airport. Carey Litteer, president of the support group, provided aerial photographs, maps, and other key media surrounding the airport. Ed Flicker introduced valuable information and old photographs to elaborate on the airport’s history and its impact on the community throughout the years. Chris Napoleon was well versed in communicating about airport legislation, and local information for out of town guests. The ASG encourages the community to get involved with the airport by becoming supporters, attending events, or donating to promote the growth of the airport as a positive resource in Cattaraugus County. Learn more about these opportunities by further browsing the site, or contact 716-557-8800/716-376-5650. Additionally, for visitor information, call 716-372-4433.

May 7, 2007

Letter sent to Mayor David J. Carrucci, Olean Re: County funding for equipment adding Cattaraugus/Olean Airport (KOLE) automated weather observations to the National Weather Service (NWS) database. A benefit to the aviation community and general public in Cattaraugus County.

April 13, 2007

Letter sent to Cattaraugus County Legislature Development and Agriculture Committe: Chairman Jerry Burrell, Vice Chairman Jim Boser, and Committee Members. Re: County funding request for a modest cost project adding Cattaraugus/Olean Airport (KOLE) automated weather observations to the National Weather Service (NWS) database. A benefit to the aviation community and general public in Cattaraugus County.

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