Pilots are Welcome Here

Mountain Air strongly supports aviation and pilots, who make up a strong percentage of our homeowners. We are a true fly in/fly out and work to promote aviation and assist pilots through the Mountain Air Pilots Association (MAPA). A Safety video is required for all pilot’s first visit, and after that, helpful concierge service is provided through the on-site Pro Shop.

Airstrip Name: 2NC0 (Two NC Zero)

Length: 2875 feet

Elevation: 4,436 feet (Highest-elevation runway east of the Mississippi)

Residents: Community of 50+ pilots 

Aircraft: Airstrip accommodates small jets to all general aviation aircraft and helicopters

Variety of aircraft already on mountain include King Air, Pilatus, Cirrus, Cessna, Bonanza, Diamond, Eurocopter, and Robinson helicopters

Services: Concierge service is provided through the on-site Pro Shop 

Close proximity to larger airports with fuel and services: KAVL (Asheville), 

KTRI (Johnson City), KSPA (Spartanburg), KHKY (Hickory), KGKT (Gatlinburg), 

7A8 (Avery County/Spruce Pine)

Weather stations and cameras on runway accessible via Internet

PLEASE NOTE: private airstrip – advanced permission required

Testimonials from Our Pilots

Having a private airstrip at our ‘front door’ gives us the freedom to enjoy easily all that Mountain Air has to offer. And, the runway enhances our experience at the mountain because it offers us the opportunity to be around other aviation enthusiasts.

EddiePilatus Owner

I now live on Mountain Air full time. For the last five years of my working life, I would fly from my home to Mountain Air on Fridays and return on Monday mornings. It gave me a new lease on life!

TrevorDiamond Owner

When looking for an airpark community to call home, we wanted to combine it with an interesting neighborhood, mountain views, outdoor adventure, entertainment such as music, theater, and the arts, learning opportunities, and a strong community with diverse people. Mountain Air has exceeded our expectations on all fronts.

Linda Commercial Pilot, Airframe & Power Mechanic

I love the convenience, challenge, and beauty of flying into Mountain Air. Being able to quickly escape my hectic and stressful daily life allows me to rest, recharge and play in these beautiful mountains.

JDPiper Meridian Owner

I think I have found aviation heaven! I have been flying for over 40 years, and about 10 years ago I found what I consider to be the best retreat/vacation home community in the USA. Mountain Air is next to Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi with average temperatures in the 70s in July. Our family takes our plane and helicopter up to Mountain Air for the summers, and we stage our summer trips from there. It’s a short hop to most anywhere on the eastern seaboard. I love flying, and it doesn’t get any better than this. We are currently building our new home on the runway with spectacular views of the golf course and Blue Ridge mountains.”

ArvidEurocopter & Pilatus Owner

Skimming over the rugged mountains and tall evergreens, I am always taken aback by the awesome beauty of the approach to Mountain Air. It is a terrain of manicured fairways, lush vegetation, and homes that seem to blend in naturally. Landing on the runway at the peak of this mountain is thrilling, and I’m fortunate to call this paradise my home.

SteveRobinson R44 Owner

I’ve flown all around the United States, and there is nothing like landing and taking off at Mountain Air. It is beautiful and exhilarating! I love this place where there are great people, aviation, golf, nice weather, outdoor and social activities. It’s impossible to choose my favorite thing at Mountain Air.

JimCirrus Owner

As a Florida pilot, I bought at Mountain Air to escape the summer heat. From my runway home in Florida to Mountain Air is a two-hour flight instead of a 10-hour drive, and where I enjoy an average summertime temperature of 72 degrees. In the fall the colors of the forest from my patio is spectacular.

ClarkCessna Owner

The runway also hosts special events throughout the year, such as a 4th of July party with fireworks, outdoor movie nights, stargazing and astronomy gatherings, and airplane and auto events.


The members of the Mountain Air Pilots Association come from diverse aviation backgrounds. Individually and as a group, they participate in recreational flight while actively promoting programs emphasizing safety and training.

Please note the Mountain Air runway is private and permission is required to land. Contact the Mountain Air Property Owners Association at 828-682-1578 to request the necessary documents.

fourth of july fireworks on mountain air runway

At an elevation of 4,600 feet, the paved runway measures 2,875 feet and landing here is considered a special treat by pilots and their families. Once on the ground, you’re just steps from the club and a short jaunt from home.


You’re invited to visit and enjoy a taste of what we offer and what you and your family can enjoy for generations. Your personalized taste of Mountain Air will include:

  • Three-day/two-night stay for two in a spacious suite in the mountaintop Falling Leaf Lodge
  • Personal tour of the community, Club and homes
  • Full access to the Club amenities at preferred rates
  • All for the cost of $350 plus tax

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