Raleigh Executive Jetport

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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)[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. Raleigh Exec also offers tours of the facilities to guests. The Jetport offers full services, including Jet A and 100LL aircraft fuel, complete aircraft maintenance, avionics repair, pilot weather services, flight schools, secure hangars with limited-access gates, car service, courtesy and rental automobiles, and catering.

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,[7] which assigned TTA to Plage Blanche Airport in Tan-Tan, Morocco.[8] The airport's ICAO identifier is KTTA.[9]

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).[10] 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. Currently there are 120 aircraft based at Raleigh Exec.[11]

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;

Elite Aircraft Services, and Elite Aircraft Maintenance the Southeast's only Platinum Cirrus Training Center;

The Wings of Carolina Flying Club, one of the oldest flying clubs in the nation.[12] Founded in 1961, Wings of Carolina has more than 350 members from the Research Triangle, Southern Pines and Fayetteville areas.[13]

The North Carolina Forest Service has moved its regional aviation firefighting operations to Raleigh Exec. The facility serves as an operational base for five fixed-wing aircraft and two helicopters used to fight forest fires. It also serves as a centralized maintenance location for a total of 25 Forest Service aircraft.[14]

Sanford Aircraft, LLC provides aircraft maintenance and repair services to general aviation and part 135 operators at the Raleigh Executive Jetport. Whether it is an annual inspection, phase inspection, engine replacement or a simple oil change, we are here to assist you. We have been located at the Jetport since it opened and are staffed by Inspector Authorized (IA) and Airframe and Power Plant (A&P) mechanics. Services are available Monday through Friday 8-5.

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. Even with the new hangars, a wait list for hangar space is now upwards of 50+ potential base customers. [15]

Economic impact[edit]

Raleigh Exec contributed approx $32,170,000 to the local economy, according to a report published the Alliance for Aviation Across America. 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 airport was credited with creating about 300 jobs and 50+ jobs on the field. [16] [17]


  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for TTA (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 8 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Raleigh Exec". Sanford-Lee County Regional Airport Authority. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Raleigh Exec Jetport at Sanford-Lee County" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ "KTTA – Sanford-Lee County Regional Airport – Sanford, North Carolina". FAA information effective June 3, 2010. AirNav. Archived from the original on June 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ Raleigh Exec: Events @ the jetport
  7. ^ "Raleigh Exec Jetport at Sanford-Lee County (ICAO: KTTA, FAA: TTA, IATA: none)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tan Tan Airport, Morocco (IATA: TTA, ICAO: GMAT)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Raleigh Exec Jetport at Sanford-Lee County – TTA (KTTA)". National Flight Data Center. Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved July 10, 2012.  External link in |work= (help)
  10. ^ Raleigh Exec: About the Jetport
  11. ^ AirNav
  12. ^ Raleigh Exec: Business Opportunities
  13. ^ Wings of Carolina Flying Club: About
  14. ^ North Carolina Forest Service moves firefighting operations to Raleigh Exec
  15. ^ Raleigh Exec anticipates opening refurbished runway on Thursday
  16. ^ 2012 Economic Contribution of Airports in North Carolina
  17. ^ http://www.aviationacrossamerica.com/your-local-activity/?zipcode=27332&distance=100&ajax_hidden_state_name=&hidden_state_name%5B%5D=&cd=

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