SaltAir’s Fleet


At SaltAir Aircraft Leasing INC, we boast in our impressive fleet of aircraft. Available for use in flight instruction as well as for rent. Our convenient locations in Hickory, North Carolina at KHKY and Morganton, North Carolina at KMRN provides easy access to students & renters from Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and the Blue Ridge Mountains!

If you already have your pilot’s license and wish to rent one of our aircraft you will need to fill out or print this form & contact us to set up a time to meet with the manager Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm anytime prior to your flight.

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Piper Archer III  – N87W

Our Piper Archer III, located in Hickory, NC is a low-wing piston single-engine airplane with a tricycle type landing gear. It has a 180 HP engine, four seats, A/C, Garmin G600 glass panel and dual Garmin 430 WAAS GPS’s. With its predictable handling, simplicity, good looks, nice interior, and well-stocked panel, the Archer III makes an excellent entry-level airplane for new pilots training VFR. It is also a great airplane for training IFR! Take the Archer III on your next cross-country flight at a rental rate of $150 per hour.

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Cessna  172N – N79514


The Cessna 172 Skyhawk, located in Hickory, NC is the ultimate training aircraft and the most popular single-engine aircraft ever built. With forgiving flight characteristics, great visibility, slow landing speed and a forgiving stall – the Cessna Skyhawk is a flight training favorite ideally suited for student pilots. At a rental rate of $125  per hour come and try it out for yourself!

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Remos GX – N119GX

SaltAir offers you this fun, safe, easy to fly Light Sport Aircraft engineered and handcrafted in the North-Eastern part of Germany. The Remos GX, located in Hickory, NC, offers the latest in style, comfort, cockpit innovations, and safety features. Having extreme docile flight characteristics, it’s flight controls are very light and responsive. Between the responsiveness and well-balanced structure, these aircraft have outstanding maneuverability. With a cruise speed of 100 kts, the Remos GX holds its own in cross-country performance. Exceptional visibility gives you a great flight picture; making your flight easier and more enjoyable. At a rental rate of just $110 per hour this is a great little plane to take out for a spin.

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Cub Crafters Sport Cub – N743CC

SaltAir offers this finely crafted Light Sport Aircraft for your rental needs in Hickory, NC! Whether flying around town, camping or on a remote wilderness excursion, this Sport Cub always delivers. Our Sport Cub is a truly unique aircraft with its high wings, tandem-seats, and conventional landing gear you won’t want to miss out on flying this treasure. With a beautiful grass landing strip located at KMRN just a short distance from KHKY! Obtain a tailwheel endorsement and challenge your skills! At a rental rate of $110 per hour it is surely the diamond in the rough! Come out and experience your stick and rudder skills as you challenge your sense of adventure.