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.

Member Name - Term Expires

  • Wayne Abele, Burke County - Dec. 2018
  • Jeff Branch, Caldwell County - Jan. 2018
  • Joe GibbonsChair, City of Lenoir - Oct. 2018
  • Dennis Pearson, Burke County Representative - Jan. 2019
  • Bob Pruett, City of Morganton Representative -
  • Sidney SimmonsCity of Morganton - Dec. 2017
  • Bruce Roberts, Caldwell County Representative - April 2019
  • Charles Thomas, City of Lenoir - April 2020