Construction postpones Family Day

Jul. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Construction projects to expand Raleigh Exec: The Raleigh Executive Jetport at Sanford-Lee County have forced officials to postpone this fall’s FAMILY DAY @ the jetport.

Jetport manger Greg Hudson said event planners hope to hold an air show in the near future, possibly in the spring. In any case, he expects the Triangle’s aviation festival will return next year to its regular date on the second Saturday of October. 

“We could have as many as three separate construction projects going on this fall and, if so, we wouldn’t be able to open large portions of the jetport to guests,” said Hudson. “We considered holding a smaller festival, but safety was still a concern and we didn’t want to disappoint guests who have enjoyed larger Family Days in the past.”

Family Day attracts thousands to Raleigh Exec each fall. Recent festivals were headlined by an air show and free airplane rides for children by the EAA Young Eagles. Visitors also enjoyed military planes, medical helicopters and other aircraft flown in for display. 

While the cancellation was disappointing to everyone, Hudson said the good news is that construction reflects a bright future for the regional jetport.

Last year, Raleigh Exec renovated its 6,500-foot runway, a project that also increased the runway weight capacity to 100,000 pounds — allowing even larger aircraft to land. That part of the improvement plan also included upgraded, energy-efficient lighting on the field. 

Depending on when various plans are finalized, construction this fall could include expansion of existing corporate hangars and construction of 28 new T-hangars to meet current demand to house smaller aircraft.

Raleigh Exec: The Raleigh Executive Jetport at Sanford-Lee County (airport code: KTTA) is located at 700 Rod Sullivan Road, just of U.S. Highway 1 at Exit 76 (Farrell Road), about 20 miles southwest of Cary.