The Cattaraugus-Olean Municipal Airport (KOLE) is a publicly-owned public-use airport on County Road 81, off State Route 16 north of Olean, in the Town of Ischua, and serves the greater Olean area and Cattaraugus County. The facility is located at an elevation of 2,139 feet, boasts a 4,800 foot paved runway, as well as a grass runway. It is equipped for nonprecision instrument approaches, housing more than a dozen business and private aircraft. Thanks to several FAA grants, along with financial support from the city of Olean and contributions from Cattaraugus County, the facility has seen upgrades and reconstruction, and will soon begin construction of a modernized fuel farm. The city has rehabilitated and improved the facilities, including: the parallel taxiway, runway pavement, runway lighting, and rehabilitated the runway, hangar, offices and buildings infrastructure, and AWOS.
Each year, many activities are held at the airport. For example, the Olean Airport Support Group is sponsoring the Canadian-American Aerobatic Challenge June 4-June 6, 2010. Also, the STARS Annual Scale Model Rally and Airport Open House draws hundreds of visitors and participants each July.
In the past five years the Airport Support Group (ASG) has donated more than $13,000 worth of equipment to the Cattaraugus-Olean Municipal Airport (KOLE), brought attention to problems that had curtailed airport usage in the past and helped bring the airport and its facilities up to snuff. On April 23, 2010 ASG members Bernard Morris (left) and Fred Fowler (right) presented Mayor Linda Witte and Department of Public Works Director with seating for 80 people and 10 tables for use during events that are held at the facility. The group, made up of airport tenants, pilots and business representatives, ASG has also donated a new reception area, meeting room furniture, an air compressor, garage doors, an aircraft tug, and a personal computer that allows pilots to check weather around the country. Pilots and passengers can now enjoy the spotless and up-to-date amenities, prepare meals, relax and recline, spread out maps on the conference table and check the weather.
The airport can accommodate a variety of aircraft, from small private planes and gliders to small turboprop and jet aircraft. 10 T-hangar spots are leased by local plane owners, and additional space (along with mechanic services) is available in the main hangar. The city has recently authorized the first steps to build new and convenient self-serve fueling apparatus.