Gilbert International Airpark (SC45) is a PRIVATE airpark. You must be a member or have permission of a member to use the runway and facilities. Photos and information on this website regarding length, obstacles, and other runway characteristics are for informational purposes only. You should do your own thorough research using approved FAA sectional charts and chart supplements before visiting our airpark. A personal weather station on site can be checked here.
SC45 is located 2 miles south of Gilbert, SC. The 3000' grass runway is 75' wide and in good condition. Field elevation is 551' MSL. Runway 09 is the favored calm wind landing runway, while runway 27 is favored for takeoff. Both runways have a LEFT traffic pattern. CTAF is 122.9 and runway lighting is 122.85. Announce intentions to "Gilbert Traffic" and begin announcing arrival 8-10 miles out. Pilots should stick to safety-essential information. CTAF is not for personal conversations - 122.9 is shared by many airports in the surrounding area. Brush up on non-towered airport operations by checking out Advisory Circular 90-66B.
Several cell towers are located near the airpark along I-20. The closest one is located 620’ north of the final approach to Runway 27. Use extreme caution on downwind turning base for Runway 09 as the tallest local tower (1062' MSL) is approximately 2.5 miles NNW of the field. Please familiarize yourself with these obstacles on the Charlotte sectional and speak with a land/homeowner before attempting to fly in for the first time.
Your eyes provide the most important information to process as a pilot. You must understand the hazard visual illusions present and be able to identify and overcome them. Terrain on and around an airport can create an optical illusion.
The leading illusion we deal with at Gilbert Airpark is Runway Slope Illusion.
When landing on Runway 09 or 27, there is an upslope on the first half of the runway. The challenge to Runway 27 is there are trees as high as 75'. "An upsloping runway can create the illusion that the aircraft is higher than it actually is, leading to a lower approach."
To read more on preventing landing errors due to optical illusions, take a look at the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge.