Flying In

SUFFOLK EXECUTIVE (KSFQ)
200 AIRPORT RD
SUFFOLK, VA 23434
757-923-2487

sevenLocation: 3 miles SW of SUFFOLK, VA in southeast Virginia on the western edge of the Dismal Swamp
Sectional: WASHINGTON
UNICOM: 122.7
Ground Control: 121.75

Runway 7-25 is closed by NOTAM. Only runway 4-22 will be in use.

Here are the instructions for approaching the Virginia Festival of Flight and Fly-In by air.

GAApproach

The initial point for entry from the north is a warehouse (see picture below) on Route 460, southeast of Windsor, VA. This warehouse has a water tower on the east side. The suggested altitude at this point is 2000 feet in order to be above the radio tower nearby that is topped at 1085 feet MSL.

Fly in a single file on a heading of approximately 100 degrees magnetic, following Route 460 toward the City of Suffolk. All pilots should maintain 2000 feet altitude and watch for other aircraft.

GAInitial

The second point to look for is a water tower (see below) on the east side of Suffolk. There is a landfill approximately 5 miles east of this point which you will be able to see. Stay west of the landfill to avoid potential high density bird activity. Maintain 2000 feet until you pass the water tower.

GASecond

Turn to the right and follow the edge of the Dismal Swamp (see below, very distinctive; forest on the left, open fields on the right). KSFQ will be off the right wing. Stay close to the Dismal Swamp as you descend to pattern altitude (1072 feet for single engine / 1572 feet for twin engines). If 22 is the active runway look for downwind traffic coming in your direction, and maintain separation.

DismalSwamp

If landing on runway 22, continue along the edge of the swamp past the runway threshold, and then enter the downwind leg on a 45 degree angle, left base and then final.

RW-22

If landing runway 4, enter a 45 degree leg to a right base and final on runway 4.

RW-4

Remember, runway 7 – 25 will be closed.

WARNING: There will be skydiving and drone activities in the area. Therefore DO NOT overfly the field. Stay in the designated pattern.  After landing, exit the runway as soon as possible onto the new parallel taxiway.

ONCE CLEAR OF THE ACTIVE RUNWAY SET YOUR RADIO TO 121.75 AND FOLLOW GROUND CONTROL’S INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARKING.

Ground Control volunteers will be assisting with aircraft parking.  Parking will be organized first-come first-served, and the majority will be on grass.  All grass parking areas will be assessed prior to your arrival, looking for any obstacles to a safe parking experience. If you require any special accommodations:

  • Aircraft camping, fuel prior to departure, or parking limitations
  • Desiring fuel upon arrival
  • Transient parking
  • Non-grass parking

be sure to communicate these to ground control upon making initial contact.

Ground Signals