Check density altitude as well as weight and balance. Summertime density altitude can exceed 5,500 ft. This greatly reduces aircraft performance. Consult the performance charts and your aircraft POH before departing. For reference at 85 deg. F the density altitude on the field is 5,000 feet.
The mountain peak to the South reaches 4,500 ft. MSL; the peaks to the east are almost as high.
History of the airport.
The FAA agreed to fund the airport if it was transferred to a municipality. The airport was given to Avery and Mitchell counties and the FAA finished the airport as a public use airport. Until the late 80's the airport upkeep was entirely funded by the users, primarily Brad Ragan Inc. and Feldspar Corp.
In the 90's the Avery County Airport Authority was formed by the
Take NC-105 out of Boone for about 15 miles. Turn right onto US-221. Proceeded 10 miles on US-221 turn right on NC-194 (three mile hwy) Continue on for approximately 4.5 miles. Turn Left on US-19E continue on for approximately 2 miles Brushy Creek Road is on the left in the apex of a 4 lane road just after a large billboard saying "Pittman Signs" and just before some storage buildings. The airport will be on the right approximately 1/2 mile on
From Exit #81 Turn Left on Sugar Hill Road continue for approximately 2 miles. Turn left on US-221. Go approximately 10 miles to NC-226. Turn Left on NC-226 proceeded for approximately 10 miles on NC_226 and turn Right on US-19E. Proceed for approximately 5 miles on US-19E.
Take the Weaverville Exit onto US-19N for approximately 18 miles. Turn Right onto US-19 continue on for approximately 34 miles.
Take NC-181N for approximately 36 miles. Turn Left on the
Go South on US-19E. Continue on US-19E approximately 34 miles.