Notice: It has been reported that many of the "self inking" stamps are running out of ink and you can help. In the past have suggested bringing a small bottle of ink (bought from an office supply store) to ensure a good tranfer. According to one of our pilots the stamp can be depressed half way down and inked can be placed on the internal ink pad. The great part about doing it this way is that it re-inks the stamp for many pilots that follow. Talk about team-work! Prior to this idea we have added some separate stamp pads to the to the stamp cases or replaced them with stickers.
*Most of the stamps will be located behind the Fixed Based Operators (FBO's) customer service desk. Here is a list of the airports where the stamp will be located in an alternate location:
*Brevard, NC ~ Transsylvania Co. Airport (22W). Important: Due to litigation the airport is now considered Private Use/Private Owned with several restrictions. Please contact Randy Bagby, Airport Mgr. (828) 877-5801 for a required briefing and permission to fly into the airport. Arrival/Departure procedures can be found at: http://www.transylvaniacommunityairport.com/ (click on the "arrival procedures link).
*Cape Hatteres (HSE) ~ Billy Mitchell Airport. Stamp is located in the "open access" area beside the WX Monitor Screen (cubby area).
*Grays Creek (2GC) The FBO has non-standard hours, please call ahead. We are working on getting stamps for the flight school at this time.
*Greensboro, NC ~ Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO). The stamps at one of the FBO's was reported as missing. After a site visit (11/29/2013) it was discovered that they were in the drawers facing the customer (customer service rep perspective) at Landmark (in clear plastic pencil box) and Atlantic Aero (stamp without box) FBO's.
Greensboro, NC ~ Southeast Greensboro Airport (3A4). Stamp located in an "Operation: Fly NC" mailbox to the right of the blue main office hangar (front side of building, end of sidewalk).
*Engelhard, NC ~ Hyde County Airport (7W6). According to the local contact (April 2014) the stamp was being used by some of the locals to graffiti some of the structures at the airport. Therefore, the stamp has been placed inside the FBO building and can be accessed after hours. The code to the building is 12 and the stamp is sitting on the corner of the desk closest to the door.
*Kill Devil Hills (FFA) ~ First Flight Airport, Kill Devil Hills, NC. The stamp was lost but now it is back! This is odd because it seems this has happened a couple of times.
*Maxton, NC ~ Laurinburg-Maxton Airport (MEB). The original NOTAM is invalid due to the Coke machine, where the stamp resided, has been removed. Please note the FBO has non-standard hours. We are working on installing a mailbox or other outside accessible location for the stamp.
*Ocean Isle Beach ~ Odell Williamson Regional Airport (60J). Stamp located in mailbox between the self serve fuel pump and the FBO.
*Ockracoke, NC ~ Ocracoke (W95). Stamp is in building (enter standard VFR transponder code for access). Look in pilot computer desk.
*Raleigh, NC ~ Raleigh-Durham Intl Airport (RDU). The TAC Air stamp has been replaced with a booklet of stamps that reside in the third draw down on the left (customer service rep position) in a manila envelope with a large OP: Fly NC logo.
*Richmond County Airport, Rockingham (KRCZ). We will contact the airport manager about re-locating the stamp to the unlocked portion of the FBO which has an access code of the numbers one through five.
*Rutherfordton, NC ~ Rutherford County Airport (KFQD). The stamp has been found and put to use stamping visiting pilots booklets. (Updated: Feb. 18, 2015)
*Shelby, NC - Cleveland County Regional Airport (KEHO) have created a special area in the preflight planning room for the rubber stamp. Look for the framed noticed for OP Fly NC with the stamp box located just below on the counter. (03/24/2015)
*Siler City, NC ~ Siler City Municipal Airport (KSCR). Stamp is in a mailbox with a Fly NC logo on a column outside the door to the FBO, so it can be accessed anytime. (Updated: 01/12/2015, re: airport identifier change)
*Star, NC ~ Montgomery County Airport (43A). Stamp located in an "Operation: Fly NC" mailbox.
*Tarboro, NC ~ Tarboro - Edgecombe Airport (ETC). Stamp located in the small pilots lounge building, in the middle desk drawer.
*Wadesboro, NC ~ Anson County Airport (KAFP). It's been reported that the stamp is a little light on ink, we will add a stamp pad ASAP or re-ink for the next person. Otherwise the building code access is the unicom frequency.
*Waxhaw, NC ~ Waxhaw, JAARS Townsend Airport (N52). The stamp was reported as missing but airport officials state it is hidden but definitely in the telephone box by the hangar door (11/30/2015). Apparently area youth have been interested in the phone box and airport officials decided to better conceal the stamp so it doesn't "walk off." For security gate access please call the office at 704.843.6220 .
*Williamston, NC ~ Martin County Airport (MCZ), . Stamp located in an "Operation: Fly NC" mailbox to the right side of the stairs to the FBO.
*Wilson Industrial Airport (W03) ~ The stamp has been replaced and is located in the FBO. (Update: 11/30/2015)
Questions? Contact Us.
Our neighboring States that have airport visitation programs like Operation: Fly NC:
*Virginia Ambassador Program
*Explore Maryland by Air "Passport" Program
*South Carolina Ambassador Passport Program
Operation Fly NC
"Are you ready for the challenge?""
Q: What should I do if the FBO personnel doesn't know about Operation: Fly NC and the "official stamp?
A: Think of it as a treasure hunt and ask the customer service representative to open up the various drawers behind the service desk. The stamp should be in a clear pencil box. Due to lack of communication some employees are not aware of the program.
Q: What happens if I can't get my booklet stamped at an airport or museum?
A: You can take a picture of yourself in front of the airport sign, FBO or a door with the FBO/airport name. Print your picture(s) and place it in your booklet (online albums are also acceptable).
Otherwise, you can get a signature (plus printed name) of a person (with contact phone number) that happens to be at the airport at the time of your arrival.
Q: Do I have to attend a "live" seminar for the safety seminar portion of the Operation: Fly NC program?
A: You can receive credit also from online courses such as offered by; AOPA Air Safety Institute (ASI) and other pilot safety organizations. Simply print the completion certificate and attach it to your booklet.
Q: Can you guarantee that I will receive a prize?
A: Unfortunately not, but we will put you on a waiting list if the prize stock is low. In the duration a certificate will be sent out recognizing the specific level accomplishment. Prize distribution is dependent on funding so there is a remote chance the awards won't be given out.
Q: What if my question is not answered in the FAQ's?
Operation Fly NC Pilots: The Details
If you decide to accept the mission you will be rewarded.
Fly to North Carolina’s public-use airports.
Visit North Carolina aviation museums.
Attend pilot safety seminars.
Below are the requirements for each level:
• Gold Level: Fly to all 81 participating airports, attend four pilot safety seminars and visit four museums.
• Silver Level: Fly to 60 participating airports, attend three safety seminars and visit three museums.
• Bronze Level: Fly to 30 participating airports, attend one safety seminar and visit one museum.
Mission Objectives: To promote flight proficiency, education and tourism in North Carolina!
PIREPS About Operation: Fly NC
"Operation Fly NC gave me an excuse to fly again!" ~ John P.
"I was totally unaware of the diversity of the beautiful State that I call home." ~ Mark A.
"I found out that Operation Fly NC was not about flying to airports,
it's about the people you meet along the way." ~ Perry R.