Flying your private plane into the Outer Banks is easy and there are several options for landing and take-off. – by Jenny Hawk
Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo, NC (Airport Identifier, KMQI) has access to the NC Aquarium, historical locations on Roanoke Island and waterfront, downtown Manteo. There are plenty of pilot friendly restaurants based in Downtown Manteo including Full Moon, owned by former Kitty Hawk Aero Tours chief pilot, Paul Charron. Dare County Airport has a host of rental cars and courtesy cars for transient pilots. The airport is home to biplane rides, helicopter tours, air tours, banner towing operations and, flight training.
First Flight Airport (KFFA), Billy Mitchell/Hatteras Airport (KHSE), and Ocracoke’s Airport (W95) are all owned and maintained by the National Park Service. All have access to a pilot lounge where pilots can rest or get a weather briefing. Billy Mitchell is situated only five miles west of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, one of the most stunning geographical scenes on the East Coast. Ocracoke Airport is about 20 miles southwest of Billy Mitchell Airport and is just a ten minute walk into the quaint town of Ocracoke. Pilots can hail Howard’s Pub on the radio on unicom frequency 122.90, and Howard’s Pub will send a golf cart to pick up for the “$100 hamburger.”