Raleigh Exec

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Raleigh Exec Jetport at Sanford-Lee County
Airport type Public
Owner Sanford-Lee County Regional Airport Authority
Serves Research Triangle Region
Location Sanford, North Carolina
Elevation AMSL 246 ft / 75 m
Coordinates 35°34′57″N 079°06′05″W / 35.58250°N 79.10139°W / 35.58250; -79.10139Coordinates: 35°34′57″N 079°06′05″W / 35.58250°N 79.10139°W / 35.58250; -79.10139
Website RaleighExec.com
TTA is located in North Carolina
Location of airport in North Carolina
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 6,500 1,981 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft operations 62,780
Based aircraft 105

Raleigh Exec: The Raleigh Executive Jetport @ Sanford-Lee County[2] or Raleigh Exec Jetport at Sanford-Lee County[1]FAA Airport Master Record for TTA (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration.[3] (ICAO: KTTAFAA LID: TTA) is a public use airport located seven nautical miles (8 mi, 13 km) northeast of the central business district of Sanford, a city in Lee County, North Carolina, United States.[1] It is owned by the Sanford-Lee County Regional Airport Authority[1] and was previously known as Sanford-Lee County Regional Airport.[4] This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a reliever airport[5] for Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Raleigh Exec specializes in corporate and recreational flights into the Research Triangle Region — an area that includes Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham and the Research Triangle Park. It hosts several community-oriented special events each year. The largest one, "Family Day @ the jetport", is an annual aviation festival held on the first Saturday of October, featuring free plane rides for children by the EAA Young Eagles, historic and military aircraft, flyovers and other festival-type food and activities.[6] In 2010, the free event attracted about 5,500 visitors. (Family Day was not held in 2013 because of runway construction, but is scheduled to return in 2014.)[7]

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned TTA by the FAA[1] but has no designation from the IATA,[8] which assigned TTA to Plage Blanche Airport in Tan-Tan, Morocco.[9] The airport's ICAO identifier is KTTA.[10]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

The airport covers an area of 700 acres (283 ha) at an elevation of 246 feet (75 m) above mean sea level. It has one asphalt paved runway, designated 3/21, which is 6,500 by 100 feet (1,981 x 30 m)[1] with a parallel taxiway and weight capacity of 100,000 pounds. The airport also has full lighting, signage and safety equipment — including an automatic weather observation system (AWOS), instrument landing system (ILS), nondirectional beacon (NDB), ground communicator outlet (GCO) and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast system (ADS-B).[11] Because the ADS-B is located on the airport grounds, pilots can monitor both ground and air traffic.

For the 12-month period ending May 29, 2013, the airport had 62,780 aircraft operations, an average of 172 per day: 95% general aviation, 3% air taxi, and 2% military. At that time there were 105 aircraft based at this airport.[12]

Businesses at Raleigh Exec[edit]

Several companies operate at the airport. They include AeroServices, a full-service avionics center and FAA-certified avionics repair facility; B Bar D Aviation, a light-sport aircraft sales and training company; Dillon's Aviation, an FAA-approved, part 141 flight school; Elite Aircraft Services, the Southeast's only Platinum Cirrus Training Center; Sanford Aircraft LLC, offering maintenance and inspections; Time Saver Aviation, an on-demand air carrier; and the Wings of Carolina Flying Club, one of the oldest flying clubs in the nation.[13] Founded in 1961, Wings of Carolina has more than 350 members from the Research Triangle, Southern Pines and Fayetteville areas.[14]

The North Carolina Forest Service has announced that it will be moving its regional aviation firefighting operations to Raleigh Exec. A facility is now being developed to serve as an operational base for five fixed-wing aircraft and two helicopters used to fight forest fires. It also will serve as a centralized maintenance location for a total of 25 Forest Service aircraft.[15]

Recent and future improvements[edit]

Development continues at Raleigh Exec with a series of recent and upcoming improvements. The airport opened a renovated runway in the fall of 2013, increasing the runway weight capacity from 80,000 to 100,000 pounds and adding perpendicular grooves designed to move water off the surface and allow even larger planes to land. Brighter, LED lighting also was installed on the field as part of the runway renovation and, in a separate project, 28 additional T-hangars are being constructed to help meet existing demand. New hangars are expected to be available for occupancy in 2014. [16]

Economic impact[edit]

Raleigh Exec contributed more than $32 million to the economy in 2012, according to a report published by the state Division of Aviation. Researchers placed the overall economic impact at $32.17 million per year, with $13.48 million classified as "direct contributions," or the spending required to move people and goods through the airport. The balance of $18.69 million was generated by companies doing business at the facility and the impact of payroll circulating through the economy. The airport was credited with creating about 300 jobs. [17]


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