Moore County Airport (North Carolina)

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Moore County Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Moore County
Operator Moore County Airport Authority
Location Whispering Pines, North Carolina
Elevation AMSL 461 ft / 140.5 m
Coordinates 35°14′14″N 79°23′28″W / 35.23722°N 79.39111°W / 35.23722; -79.39111Coordinates: 35°14′14″N 79°23′28″W / 35.23722°N 79.39111°W / 35.23722; -79.39111
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 6,502 1,982 Asphalt
SOP is located in North Carolina
Location in North Carolina

Moore County Airport (IATA: SOPICAO: KSOPFAA LID: SOP) is a public airport located 3 miles (5 km) north of Southern Pines and 5 miles northeast of Pinehurst, in Moore County, North Carolina, USA. The airport covers 500 acres (202 ha) and has one runway. The current runway is paved, 6,502 feet long and 150 feet wide. SOP is primarily used for general aviation.

US Airways Express carrier CCAir operated flights to Charlotte with various turboprop aircraft from 1991-2002. Service ended shortly after the September 11 attacks.[3] Commercial service returned briefly with the arrival of Delta Air Lines in 2006. The airline operated seasonal CRJ flights to its Atlanta hub under the Delta Connection banner. The service ended in November 2007.[4]

Relationship with Whispering Pines[edit]

Most of the Moore County Airport property lies within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Whispering Pines, NC, prompting debate over who had ultimate regulatory power over it — the village of Whispering Pines or the Moore County Airport Authority. Because of this, the Airport Authority and the Whispering Pines Village Council have butted heads on occasion.

The rift was exacerbated by the Airport Authority's $2 million proposal — that was approved by lawmakers — to build several large hangars using taxpayer funds to better serve its local customers. There was some concern within the village that the hangars would attract more aircraft and create additional noise. As a result, the Whispering Pines Village Council hinted at its desire to limit the airport's growth, which could stunt the economic growth of the Sandhills and stall job growth.[5]

However, a recent court ruling said the village had no legal jurisdiction over the airport because it operates under an independent authority that was established in 1993. Whispering Pines decided sensibly not to appeal the ruling as a result.[6]


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