Foothills Regional Airport Authority

About the Authority

The Foothills Regional Airport Authority oversees the operation of the Foothills Regional Airport. Foothills Regional Airport is located on NC-18, between Lenoir and Morganton, North Carolina. The airport is less than an hour’s drive from Blowing Rock, Banner Elk and Boone. The cities of Lenoir and Morganton and Burke and Caldwell counties help fund the airport. Click here to visi the airport’s website.


The Authority meets at noon on the last Wednesday of every month at the airport, located at 3566 Morganton Lenoir Airport Avenue, Morganton, NC, 28655. The meetings are open to the public.


The Authority consists of City Council and County Commission members from the cities of Lenoir and Morganton and Burke and Caldwell counties. Each of those governing bodies appoint a non-elected citizen to the board.

  • Wayne Abele, Burke County, Term Expires December 2018
  • Jeff Branch, Caldwell County, Term Expires January 2018
  • Joe GibbonsChair, City of Lenoir, Term Expires October 2018
  • Dennis Pearson, Burke County Representative, Term Expires January 2019
  • Bob Pruett, City of Morganton Representative,
  • Sidney SimmonsCity of Morganton, Term Expires December 2017
  • Bruce Roberts, Caldwell County Representative, Term Expires April 2019
  • Charles Thomas, City of Lenoir, Term Expires April 2020