Airport Info

Note: This information should not be used for pre-flight planning. It is advisory only.

  • 35.66074, -80.97334
  • 35° 39′ 38.7″ N, 80° 58′ 24.0″ W
  • 35° 39.645′ N, 80° 58.400′ W

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).

NC26 on Charlotte Sectional

NC26 on Charlotte Sectional

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!

Standard practice at our airpark is to turn on the runway lights during takeoff and landing during the day or night so that people on the ground are aware of landing and departing traffic. Three clicks for on.

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
Identifier: NC26
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 Operations
Airport use: Private use. Permission required prior to landing
Control tower: no
Attendance: UNATNDD
Wind indicator: yes
Segmented circle: no
Lights: ACTVT RY 05/23 LIRL ON 122.9.

Airport Communications
CTAF 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
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 … .-.. .–.

Runway Information
Runway 5/23
Dimensions: 3000 x 100 ft. / 914 x 30 m
Surface: Turf
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
P.O. BOX 281
Phone 877-359-6226

Instrument Procedures
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)