ILM’s Summer Newsletter

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Calling all Nature Lovers!
Now is the Perfect Time to Start Planning Your Fall Getaway

Fall is a great time to travel as you can beat the heat, and often times, beat the lines as well.  If you daydream about enjoying the crisp air, hearing the crunch of fall leaves under your feet, and sipping on a hot beverage while taking in the sights—now is the time to plan your fall getaway!

View the vibrant fall colors during your upcoming trip & take in nature’s beauty. Check out Fodor’s 10 Best Destinations for Fall Foliage or discover your own favorite spots!

Search Flights from ILM 


New Historical Panels Feature Aviation History
Did you know Bluethenthal Field, now Wilmington International Airport, was originally a 70 acre tract of land thick with long leaf pine trees? That the airport’s landing area consisted of two runways outlined in white sand? Or that Warren Pennington made the first landing here in 1927?Next time you are flying through ILM, or picking up a guest, make sure to check out the new panels in ILM’s historical area. (Located by check-in) The Cape Fear Museum researched and designed these new panels, which feature photographs and information about Wilmington’s fascinating aviation history!

Scratch on 23rd Launches Online & Mobile Ordering

Getting breakfast or lunch on the go just got easier! Scratch on 23rd launched anonline & mobile ordering system; allowing travelers and those living & working close by ILM airport to pick-up fast & fresh food quickly.You can order straight from your computer, smartphone, or tablet; saving time and avoiding lines! “Order for now” or plan ahead and “order for later” so you order is prepared for a specific day/time.Look for the Order Online button on
Scratch on 23rd’s website.

SeaHawk Aviation, Inc Now Offers Aircraft Rental
Looking to get additional flight hours under your belt? In need of a plane to use as a rentalSeaHawk Aviation has a Baron available for rent for $300/hr “dry” rental rate, with discounted block rates available.Baron Features:

· 285HP Continental IO-520C Fuel-injected Engines
· GNS530 – KX155,GTX 330 IFR GPS
· Current Jeppesen Aviation Charts
· Up to 6 Seat Capability
Learn more and Reserve:
SeaHawk Aviation 910-859-8877

Fan Favorites!

Snap a pic while traveling-tag us or hashtag #flyILM for your chance to be featured!

@Steve Maillard
traveling to
St. John, USVI
from Wilmington International Airport (ILM)
So enjoyed the CAF
@airpowertour of
FiFi B29 bomber
at #Wilmington #airport#flyingwithfifi
@Sarina Houston‏ 

Also, went there
again today.
The folks at@ILMairport
are awesome.
We’ll keep going back.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Stakeholder Meeting

The public is invited to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise ​Stakeholder Meeting at Wilmington International Airport Friday July 14th 11am.  The purpose of the meeting is to receive input regarding Wilmington International Airport’s three-year DBE Goal.  We invite you to participate in a meeting to discuss the proposed goal, as well as the availability of potential DBEs for the Airport’s projects, and the Airport’s effort to increase DBE participation. Learn more and find registration information. 



Spring News

Save the Date: AirPower History Tour
(Photo credit: Bill Lavery via AirPower History Tour Facebook page)

The National Air Tour of Historic WWII Aircraft is coming to ILM! Experience the sights, smells and sounds of historic WWII aircraft.  The event features FIFI, the world’s most famous flying B-29 Superfortress and the planes, pilots, and crews of the Commemorative Air Force.  In addition to the B-29 Superfortress FIFI, a T-6 Texan (Navy SNJ) will also be at the event.

Attendees of the event will be able to get up close and touch the airplanes, tour the cockpit (when the aircraft is available), talk to the crews, and watch the planes fly.

Dates & Times:
Friday, June 16, 9a-5p
* Aircraft tours available starting at 9a
* Supporting aircraft available for rides all day (additional cost)

Saturday, June 17, 9a-5p
* B-29 flies at 9a and 10:30a
* Aircraft tours available after 12p
* Supporting aircraft available for rides all day (additional cost)

Sunday, June 18, 9a-5p
* B-29 flies at 9a and 10:30a
* Aircraft tours available after 12:00p
* Supporting aircraft available for rides all day (additional cost)

Event Location: Air Wilmington, 1999 Hall Drive
Cost: $10 for Adults, $5 for children 11-17, and free for children under 10.

Learn More About the Event and/or Book a Private Flight

Summer Spotlight: Washington DC

(photo credit: TripAdvisor)

Whether you want to visit iconic monuments and museums, taste international cuisine, or discover haunted pubs-DC has something for you! Curious what else DC has to offer?  Check out the Top 137 Things To Do in Washington, DC

Feeling inspired? Book your trip from ILM to DCA.  American Airlines offer non-stop summer seasonal service (weekends starting in June) as well as 1-stop flights throughout the week. Delta Airlines offer 1-stop flights.

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TSA Offers Tips & Reminders

Flying this summer? Wondering what items you can bring in your carry on? (Baby food? Medications? Bottled Water? Camping equipment?) Planning ahead and checking which items can be included in your checked bag or in your carry-on helps make going through security as smooth as possible.  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a list on their website which outlines which items are or aren’t allowed in carry-on bags or checked bags.

Learn More About Which Items You Can Pack for Your Trip   

Battle House ILM Receives Coastal Entrepreneur Award

(Photo credit: Hannah Telman, via Battle House’s Facebook Page)

ILM Business Park tenant, Battle House ILM, won a 2017 Coastal Entrepreneur Award. An ILM Business Park tenant since the fall of 2015, Battle House offers mission-based tactical laser tag.  Their business has two party/conference rooms and a 10,000 sq foot facility designated with the simple purpose of having fun-at all ages! The Coastal Entrepreneur Awards are a joint effort of UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Greater Wilmington Business Journal to shine a spotlight on entrepreneurs in the Cape Fear Region. 

Want to become Battle House’s neighbor?
Space is Available for Lease in this Hall Drive Building

KBT Realty Group & Shaw Real Estate Services Relocating to Flex Building

The KBT Realty Group with Keller Williams Realty and Shaw Real Estate Services, LLC are excited to announce that they will be moving to the ILM Business Park, located on airport property, this summer. KBT Realty is a top producing team here in Wilmington with a unique approach to the client experience and has been locally and nationally recognized for their success.  Shaw Real Estate serves the rental needs of Wilmington and the surrounding beach areas; assisting with rentals or residential property management. KBT Realty Group and Shaw Real Estate Services will join Toshiba Business Solutions and Scratch on 23rd, the other two tenants currently occupying the flex building.

View Available Space for Lease in the Flex Building;
located across from the VA Medical Center and down the road from the ILM airport.

Fan Favorites!

Snap a pic while traveling and hashtag #flyILM for your chance to be featured!

Sweet dreams, Loves.
Dreaming about this
view from above.
#wilmington #ilm#flyilm #goodnight
We had the privilege
to participate in
an Applied Graphics
install at #ILM
which was featured
on our local news
Channel 6 Wect!
#wallmural #art
#flyilm #wect
Thanks @lovejoygabriel,
@artscouncilwilmington &
Rhonda Bellamy for
including my
Azalea photograph
in the LOCAL show
currently at the
@ilmairport gallery!
Exhibition through 5/19/17

Slated Budget Appropriations Would Benefit Airport and Travelers

Nearly $12 million over two-year budget cycle could support ILM airport improvements

Wilmington, NC (May 11, 2017)—The Senate released their budget, which includes $40,000,000 in funds for commercial airports across North Carolina in fiscal year 2017-2018 and $50,000,000 in funds in 2018-2019. Funds may be used for improvements to the airports and to pay debt services or related financing costs and expenses on revenue bonds or notes issued by the airport. The Wilmington International Airport is slated to receive nearly $12 million dollars in the two-year budget cycle. ($5,946,945 million in fiscal year 2017-18 and $5,946,945 in 2018-19)

“On behalf of the Wilmington International Airport, we’d like to thank Senator Rabon and Senator Lee and share our appreciation for their support. We’re very grateful that the Senate recognizes the economic development contribution of the Wilmington International Airport and the role it plays in the region’s and state’s vitality and well-being.” stated Gary Broughton Deputy Director of the Wilmington International Airport. The most recent economic impact study, conducted by the NC Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation, indicated ILM had a $1.6 Billion impact on the region. Further, the Wilmington International Airport (ILM) served 817,896 passengers in 2016, setting a new record, and passenger counts are trending upwards again in 2017.

Broughton is hopeful there is continued support from the House as the budget process moves forward. “In order to further meet and serve our customers’ needs, The Wilmington International Airport is looking to future facility improvements and a possible terminal expansion and these funds would help support those efforts.” Broughton shared.


Global Entry Interview Event Scheduled at ILM Customs

Wilmington International Airport’s (ILM) US Customs and Border Protection Facility Hosts Global Entry Interview Event

The US Customs and Border Protection has scheduled a Global Entry interview event at ILM’s International Terminal.  Interview slots are available by appointment the week of June 12th.  Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.

Why You Should Join

  • No processing lines
  • No paperwork
  • Access to expedited entry benefits in other countries
  • Available at major U.S. airports
  • Reduced wait times
  • TSA Pre✓® Eligibility

Interesting in applying? Please take the following action:

  1. Go to the website to register for a GOES enrollment user ID and password.  (Tip: You may need to cut and past the link into your browser.)
  2. Once you have your GOES ID and Password, you can go back to the same website and enroll for Global Entry.  You will need your passport number and expiration date to do this process.  Also you will have to pay the $100 enrollment fee in this step.
  3. Check back to the website and see if your application was approved.  (Tip: It can take 2-3 weeks.)
  4.  Once approved for an appointment, then select a Wilmington NC as the interview location.
  5. You will get email notices from the GOES system confirming your appointment.

Learn More About How to Apply for Global Entry