North Central State Airport
|North Central State Airport|
|Owner||State of Rhode Island|
|Operator||Rhode Island Airport Corp.|
|Serves||Pawtucket, Rhode Island|
|Location||Smithfield / Lincoln|
|Elevation AMSL||441 ft / 134 m|
North Central State Airport (IATA: SFZ, ICAO: KSFZ, FAA LID: SFZ) is a public use airport in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The airport is owned by the State of Rhode Island and opened for service in 1951. It serves the city of Pawtucket and is located three nautical miles (6 km) east of its central business district. It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a local general aviation facility.
The airport is situated in the towns of Smithfield and Lincoln. It is located in the upper region of the state and is roughly horizontally centered in the state, hence the name "North Central". It is designated as a reliever airport for general aviation activity from T.F. Green Airport.
North Central State Airport is one of six active airports operated by the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, the other five being T.F. Green State Airport, Quonset State Airport, Westerly State Airport, Newport State Airport, and Block Island State Airport.
Like all state-owned airports in Rhode Island, there is a $5 landing fee for any aircraft not registered in Rhode Island.
Facilities and aircraft
North Central State Airport covers an area of 475 acres (192 ha) at an elevation of 441 feet (134 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 5/23 is 5,000 by 100 feet (1,524 x 30 m) and 15/33 is 3,210 by 75 feet (978 x 23 m). Runway 5/23 is used more often than Runway 15/33 due to crosswinds.
For the 12-month period ending November 30, 2007, the airport had 27,181 aircraft operations, an average of 74 per day: 99% general aviation, 1% air taxi and <1% military. At that time there were 120 aircraft based at this airport: 92.5% single-engine and 7.5% multi-engine.
It is a non-towered airport and generally, caters to private pilots and general aviation, and the aircraft that are seen there are usually either piston or light jet aircraft. The airport is not able to serve large airliners, and the use of North Central to these types of aircraft is purely emergency-related. The airport is the base for a repair facility.
- Airfield photos of North Central State Airport (SFZ) from U.S. Civil Air Patrol at the Wayback Machine (archived August 14, 2007)
- FAA Terminal Procedures for SFZ, effective July 19, 2018
- Resources for this airport: