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 (2016)
Aircraft operations 62,780
Based aircraft 144

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: 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 visits from the Memphis Belle[6] and air shows by World War II warbirds[7]. 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,[8] which has assigned TTA to Plage Blanche Airport in Tan-Tan, Morocco.[9] The airport's ICAO identifier is KTTA.[10]

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, 35 to 50 feet wide, also with a weight capacity of 100,000 pounds. Construction to expand the width to 50 feet along the entire taxiway is underway and scheduled to conclude in July 2018.[11] 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.

For the 12-month period ending May 26, 2016, 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 144 aircraft based at Raleigh Exec.[13]

Businesses at Raleigh Exec[edit]

Several companies operate at Raleigh Exec. 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;

Wings of Carolina Flying Club, one of the oldest flying clubs in the nation.[14] Founded in 1961, Wings of Carolina has more than 400 members from the Research Triangle, Southern Pines and Fayetteville areas.[15]

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.[16]

Sanford Aircraft, LLC, an aircraft maintenance and repair operation providing services for general aviation and part 135 operators. Services, available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., include annual inspection, phase inspection, engine replacement and simple oil changes. Located at the jetport since it opened, Sanford Aircraft is staffed by Inspector Authorized (IA) and Airframe and Power Plant (A&P) mechanics.

Recent and future improvements[edit]

Several significant expansions and improvements have recently concluded or are now underway 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 four new corporate hangars 15,000 square feet or larger — each site with water and sewer service, a large apron and a new taxiway connector.[17] Construction on a two-story, 14,500-square-foot terminal began in July 2018 with a projected opening date of August 2019.[18] The new terminal includes several meeting rooms and commercial space available for short- and long-term rental. Other upcoming projects include expansion of the airport's sewer capacity[19] and the addition of a public fire suppression system for larger hangars.

Economic impact[edit]

Raleigh Exec contributed about $40,050,000 to the local economy, according to a report published by the North Carolina Division of Aviation. Researchers placed its overall economic impact at $40.05 million per year, with $17.16 million classified as "direct contributions," or the spending required to move people and goods through the airport. The airport was credited with creating about 110 jobs on the field and 220 jobs overall with a total estimated payroll of $11.63 million.[20]


  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. ^ Mennel, Phoebe Judge, Eric. "Memphis Belle Visits North Carolina". Retrieved 2018-07-09. 
  7. ^ WRAL. "WWII warbirds to take to Sanford skies this weekend :: WRAL.com". WRAL.com. Retrieved 2018-07-09. 
  8. ^ "Raleigh Exec Jetport at Sanford-Lee County (ICAO: KTTA, FAA: TTA, IATA: none)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Tan Tan Airport, Morocco (IATA: TTA, ICAO: GMAT)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  10. ^ "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)
  11. ^ (http://powerserve.net), Powerserve. "Airport Projects | Raleigh Executive Jetport". www.raleighexec.com. Retrieved 2018-07-09. 
  12. ^ Raleigh Exec: About the Jetport Archived 2011-07-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ AirNav
  14. ^ Raleigh Exec: Business Opportunities Archived 2011-07-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Wings of Carolina Flying Club: About
  16. ^ North Carolina Forest Service moves firefighting operations to Raleigh Exec Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ "Expansions and Events!". Retrieved 2018-07-10. 
  18. ^ "Director: We Want to Triple Raleigh Executive Jetport's Terminal". http://www.raleighexec.com/Resources/127.png. 11/14/17. Retrieved 7/10/18.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help); External link in |website= (help)
  19. ^ "Golden LEAF Foundation Grants $1.5M to Sanford/Lee County Sewer Extension Project". City of Sanford, North Carolina. Retrieved 7/10/18.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  20. ^ "Economic Impact of Airports in North Caroilna 2016" (PDF). 2016. 

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