Raleigh Executive Jetport

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Raleigh Exec
Airport typePublic
OwnerSanford-Lee County Regional Airport Authority
ServesResearch Triangle Region
LocationSanford, North Carolina
Elevation AMSL246 ft / 75 m
Coordinates35°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
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 (2019)
Aircraft operations62,780
Based aircraft163
The O.A. "Buddy" Keller III Terminal at Raleigh Exec, a two-story, 14,500-square-foot facility, opened in October 2019 with corporate meeting rooms, fully equipped pilot's lounge and an observation deck overlooking the field

Raleigh Exec: The Raleigh Executive Jetport[2] or Raleigh Exec Jetport at Sanford-Lee County[3] (ICAO: KTTA, FAA 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.

The jetport 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 also hosts community-oriented special events; some recent examples include free flights for children as part of the EAA Young Eagles[6] initiative, visits from the Memphis Belle[7] and air shows by World War II warbirds.[8] Raleigh Exec conducts tours of its facilities for guests and 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,[9] which has assigned TTA to Plage Blanche Airport in Tan-Tan, Morocco.[10] The airport's ICAO identifier is KTTA.[11]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Raleigh Exec 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 weight capacity of 100,000 pounds, and a parallel taxiway, 50 feet wide also with a weight capacity of 100,000 pounds. The facility also has full lighting, signage and safety equipment, including an automated weather observation system (AWOS), instrument landing system (ILS), ground communicator outlet (GCO) and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast system (ADS-B).[12] Because the ADS-B is located on the airport grounds, pilots can monitor both ground and air traffic.

The O.A. "Buddy" Keller III Terminal opened in the fall of 2019 as the business and social center of the jetport. The two-story, 14,500-square-foot building includes a pilot lounge with "snooze rooms" and a live video feed of the ramp; one large conference room, a technology-enriched meeting space accommodating 30 people with 16 seated around the table; one small conference room, another technology-enriched meeting space with seating for eight around the table; and a second-floor observation deck with rocking chairs overlooking the runway.[13]

For the 12-month period ending July 5, 2019, 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 163 aircraft based at Raleigh Exec.[14]

Businesses at Raleigh Exec[edit]

Several companies operate at Raleigh Exec. They include:

  • AeroServices: avionics support to single engine piston, turbo-prop and jet business aircraft, including experimental, Warbird and light sport markets.
  • Bandit Flight Team: aerial tributes in vintage military aircraft performed at major sporting events, military ceremonies, community gatherings and corporate activities.
  • Elite Aircraft Services: aviation services, including consulting on aircraft acquisition, aircraft management and maintenance, and customized pilot training.
Raleigh Exec terminal, viewed from the field during the U.S. Aircraft Expo on June 26–27, 2020
  • Executive Flight Training: flight training using Piper Warrior, Piper Arrow and Cessna 172 aircraft.[citation needed]
  • MAG Aerospace: maintenance as well as avionics repair, installation and maintenance for single-piston through twin-turboprop aircraft.
  • North Carolina Forest Service: which moved its regional aviation firefighting operations to Raleigh Exec in 2015. The facility serves as an operational base for five fixed-wing aircraft and two helicopters used to fight forest fires as well as the centralized maintenance location for the entire state.[15]
  • Odyssey Aero Club: checkout for members in FAA Technically Advanced Aircraft, including VFR and IFR checkouts, instrument training and commercial training.
  • Wings of Carolina Flying Club: one of the oldest flying clubs in the nation.[16] Founded in 1961, the nonprofit has more than 400 members from the Research Triangle, Southern Pines and Fayetteville areas. It offers aeronautical training, low-cost aviation education, social opportunities and inexpensive hourly aircraft rental for members.[17]

Recent and future improvements[edit]

Several significant expansions and improvements have recently concluded at Raleigh Exec. In addition to widening the taxiway to 50 feet and improving its weight capacity to 100,000 pounds in 2018, Raleigh Exec expanded its North Terminal area, adding sites for seven new corporate hangars 15,000 square feet or larger — each site with water and sewer service, fiber internet service, adjacent rail service, a public fire suppression system, a large apron and a new taxiway connector.[18] The O.A. "Buddy" Keller III Terminal, a two-story, 14,500-square-foot terminal, opened in October 2019.[19] Other upcoming projects include expansion of the airport's sewer capacity.[20]

Economic impact[edit]

Raleigh Exec contributed about $61.16 million to the local economy, according to a 2019 report published by the North Carolina Division of Aviation.[21] Researchers estimated that the jetport generated $19.5 million per year in personal income and $2.376 million in state and local taxes. The airport was credited with creating about 470 jobs, including those located on the jetport grounds and other supported by activity taking place at the jetport.[22]


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Form 5010 for TTA PDF. Federal Aviation Administration.
  2. ^ "Raleigh Exec". Sanford-Lee County Regional Airport Authority. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  3. ^ "Raleigh Exec Jetport at Sanford-Lee County - TTA" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 27, 2021.
  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.
  6. ^ EAA Young Eagles
  7. ^ Mennel, Phoebe Judge, Eric. "Memphis Belle Visits North Carolina". Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  8. ^ WRAL. "WWII warbirds to take to Sanford skies this weekend :: WRAL.com". WRAL.com. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  9. ^ "Raleigh Exec Jetport at Sanford-Lee County (ICAO: KTTA, FAA: TTA, IATA: none)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  10. ^ "Tan Tan Airport, Morocco (IATA: TTA, ICAO: GMAT)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  11. ^ "Raleigh Exec Jetport at Sanford-Lee County – TTA (KTTA)". National Flight Data Center. Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  12. ^ Raleigh Exec: About the Jetport Archived 2011-07-15 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Raleigh Exec Amenities".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ AirNav
  15. ^ North Carolina Forest Service moves firefighting operations to Raleigh Exec Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Raleigh Exec: Business Opportunities Archived 2011-07-15 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Wings of Carolina Flying Club: About
  18. ^ "Expansions and Events!". Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  19. ^ "RaleighExec Jetport Dedicated to CCC Managing Member Buddy Keller – Carolina Commercial Contractors".
  20. ^ "Golden LEAF Foundation Grants $1.5M to Sanford/Lee County Sewer Extension Project". City of Sanford, North Carolina. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  21. ^ North Carolina Division of Aviation
  22. ^ https://connect.ncdot.gov/municipalities/State-Airport-Aid/State%20Airport%20Aid%20Documents/Economic%20Impact%20Brochure%20(Jan%202019).pdf[bare URL PDF]

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