Long Island Airport is an airpark community located in Catawba County, North Carolina on the beautiful shoreline of Lake Norman. Nestled on a peninsula surrounded by Lake Norman, Long Island Airport is a haven for aviation enthusiasts both land and water based. NC26 has a 3,000 x 100 foot lighted turf runway, a seaplane ramp, and boating docks, in a family-friendly community. The airport has many experimental aircraft owners/builders in residence, and many community members are active in EAA Chapter 309, with weekly build nights at Long Island as well as nearby Lake Norman Airport.
The airport hosts an annual fly-in event the last Saturday in September, and residents host frequent holiday parties year round (Independence Day, Memorial Day, Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s Day, etc.). Many community member get together the 3rd Saturday of each month for a group fly-out to area aiports with restaurants on site (Carthage and Rutherford are common destinations).
Airport is unattended: Call 1-877-FLY-NC26 (1-877-359-6226) for information and permission to land. Mowing occurs in the Spring through Fall months, usually on Thursdays. However, we may mow on other days due to rain. Watch for the mower during takeoffs and landings!
CAUTION: There are additional powerlines of varying heights (from short poles to tall towers) near LIA around and across the lake that are NOT shown on sectional charts and that are not marked by orange balls. Seaplanes and low flying aircraft should exercise EXTREME caution when approaching to land in the cove parallel to the runway or when flying low (partiularly below 400′ AGL). Accidents have occurred in which an aircraft struck powerlines between Long Island Airpark and nearby Lake Norman Airport.
Airport Location Info
Lat/Long: 35-39-39.4840N / 080-58-14.2740W
35-39.658067N / 080-58.237900W
35.6609678 / -80.9706317
Elevation: 864 ft. / 263.3 m (surveyed)
Variation: 05W (1985)
From city: 1 mile SE of LONG ISLAND, NC
Time zone: UTC -4 (UTC -5 during Standard Time)
Zip code: 28609
Airport use: Private use. Permission required prior to landing
Control tower: no
ARTCC: ATLANTA CENTER
FSS: RALEIGH FLIGHT SERVICE STATION
Wind indicator: yes
Segmented circle: no
Lights: ACTVT RY 05/23 LIRL ON 122.9.
WX AWOS-3 at SVH (6 nm N): 119.225 (704-873-1978)
WX AWOS-3 at IPJ (14 nm SW): 119.675 (704-735-6954)
Nearby radio navigation aids
VOR radial/distance VOR name Freq Var
BZMr140/18.1 BARRETTS MOUNTAIN VOR/DME 110.80 06W
CLTr003/28.3 CHARLOTTE VOR/DME 115.00 05W
NDB name Hdg/Dist Freq Var ID
LINCOLNTON 043/9.3 432 06W IZN .. –.. -.
STONIA 024/29.6 260 06W GHJ –. …. .—
FIDDLERS 102/34.3 391 07W FIQ ..-. .. –.-
FIRST RIVER 057/39.3 417 06W SLP … .-.. .–.
Dimensions: 3000 x 100 ft. / 914 x 30 m
Runway edge lights: low intensity. To activate use 122.9 (3 clicks on, 5 clicks off)
Traffic pattern: left left
Airport Ownership and Management
Ownership: Privately-ownedManager: LONG ISLAND HOA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Owner: LONG ISLAND AIRPARK HOMEOWNERS ASSO
P.O. BOX 281
SHERRILLS FORD, NC 28673
There are no published instrument procedures at NC26.
Some nearby airports with instrument procedures:
14A – Lake Norman Airpark (4 nm SE)
KSVH – Statesville Regional Airport (6 nm N)
KIPJ – Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport (14 nm SW)
KJQF – Concord Regional Airport (21 nm SE)
KHKY – Hickory Regional Airport (21 nm W)