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Michael J. Smith Airport in Beaufort NC – General Aviation, No Commercial Flights

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Location: Address: 150 Airport Road, Beaufort, NC 28516
Airport Code: MRH
Phone Number: (252) 728-2323
Services: No commercial traffic, Crystal Coast Aviation FBO (252.728.2323) provides ramp usage, hangar, refueling (gasoline (AVGAS 100LL) and Jet A), rental cars and courtesy car, pilot lounge and planning. All aircraft maintenance and avionics are handled by Tailwind Aviation.

Flight School (training): Yes

Pilot information
Lat/Long: 34-44-01.5000N / 076-39-37.3000W
34-44.025000N / 076-39.621667W
34.7337500 / -76.6603611

No FAA control tower, CTAF/UNICOM at 122.8
Cherry Point Approach: 124.1 [0630-2300]
Cherry Point Departure: 124.1 [0630-2300]
Clearance Delivery: 125.65

Runway 8/26: 5003 x 100 ft. / 1525 x 30 m
Runway 3/21: 4191 x 150 ft. / 1277 x 46 m
Runway 14/32: 4001 x 100 ft. / 1220 x 30 m

Wind indicator: lighted – Elevation: 10.1 feet

Beaufort Airport Discussions For Carteret NC

Comments and Discussions

Is it time for officials in Carteret County and Beaufort NC to consider commercial airline flights in to the Beaufort NC airport? Do you think with the Interstate 42 corridor coming in that this is inevitable? How do you think it will affect this quaint community?

As a pilot who has used services at the local FBO at this airport, what can you tell others about this facility? What is the cost to hangar an airplane? Is the FBO operational and staffed 24 hours a day or are there staff on-call during the evening and night? What about on weekends?

Is there anything that you want the Airport Authority Board to know? Are there any other municipal airports in Carteret County NC?

Have you used the flight school? What is the cost?

Airport Authority Board (Information)
Members as of 2018 (contact us for changes)

  • Kenneth Lohr
  • Tom Higgins
  • Mayor Gerald A. “Jerry” Jones
  • Doug Brady
  • Dr. Robert Coles, Chairman

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History: Michael J. Smith airport was named after Beaufort NC native Michael Smith who piloted the ill-fated Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986 as a NASA astronaut.

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News and Information

July 2020: Airport authority members and county officials are in the process of finalizing agreements and financing for a county owned permanent fuel farm complex.

July 2020: The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it’s Economic Development Administration is awarding 3.3 million dollars to the Michael J. Smith airport in Beaufort NC to repair, renovate, or build new hangars that were destroyed during hurricanes Dorian and Florence. The 3.3 million dollar grant also comes with $821,950 local funds. During the repair or renovation of existing hangars, if any money is left over then new hangars will be built as the airport authority tells us there is an increasing need for them.

December 2019: Renee Rogers has resigned her position as the Michael J. Smith field manager, thus tasking the Carteret County-Beaufort Airport Authority to appoint an interim manager until the permanent position can be filled. Mrs. Rogers will have a diminished position as manager until a interim manager can be appointed. The MRH manager is largely responsible for the day-to-day operation of all facilities, FBO operations, taxi ways, runways, and hangars, along with grant writing to find future expansion, growth, and development which will be important as the Interstate 42 corridor project steams forward.

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2 thoughts on “Michael J. Smith Airport in Beaufort NC – General Aviation, No Commercial Flights

  • June 22, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Given comments recently by the Carteret County Economic Development Director, this area is looking at a huge increase in tourism and people living in the area, along with new industry all related to Interstate 42. Look for this airport to be getting commercial commuter flights to either Raleigh and Charlotte soon.

  • October 28, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    I definitely think MRH is ready for limited commercial flights to Charlotte if but one a day. Isn’t this why one of the airport’s runways was extended recently?


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