ILM News: Aviation Day, Laser Tag, New Airport Projects, and More!

Welcome and Happy Fall!
Did you know that there are only 48 days until Christmas?  Before you know it, the holidays will be here so make sure to book your flights as far in advance as possible!  This will help you to avoid last minute fare increases and limited flight availability as our flights do completely fill up during this season!  Reduce stress by following the top 5 holiday travel tips listed below:

  1.  Arrive Early!  Airlines recommend you arrive 90 minutes before your flight departure time.  Although we pride ourselves on excellent customer service and short security lines, the holidays increase the amount of travelers in and out of ILM, so be prepared!
  2. Pack Light!  Many times at ILM, you’ll have to gate check your bag due to the high number of full flights we have.  We understand that this can be an inconvenience and often, hold up the boarding process.  Consider checking your bag to expedite the process and reduce stress!
  3. Know the Rules!  Can you carry a pie?  Can you carry your medicine?  Can you carry a bottle of water?  TSA has a great tool on their website that will help you figure out you can and can’t bring through security.  Know before you go… Check it out here!
  4. Go Mobile!  ILM supports the mobile boarding process, so save your boarding pass to your phone for even more convenience.  Check in, clear security, and board from the ease of your mobile device!
  5. Patience Goes A Long Way!  It’s the holiday season and no one likes a stressed traveler!  Remember to take an extra deep breath and relax, especially when dealing with less-than-ideal situations.  A friendly smile can help ease the process when things don’t go as planned.
ILM Business Park News





ILM Business park is growing!  The addition of a 10,000 sq. ft. Flex Space building is beginning to take shape near the entrance of ILM and can accommodate offices, retail, and more.  The vanilla shell facility is perfect for any tenant with special up-fit needs. If you’re looking for a new home for your business, space is leasing now!  Please direct inquiries to [email protected].

ILM Business Park also welcomes another recent addition!  Battle House ILM, a high-end, tactical laser tag facility, is located at 1817 Hall Drive.  The mission-based game is not the traditional style of laser tag, but rather features multi-level buildings, simulated combat missions, and realistic, hi-tech weaponry.  Often times, the missions require teams to develop strategy and tactics to be successful.  Perfect for parties of all types and corporate events, more information can be found at!

General Aviation at ILM

New General Aviation Project at ILM: As part of the General Aviation Master Plan adopted by the New Hanover County Airport Authority, ILM began rehabilitating the North Ramp.  The project consists of a 10-inch concrete overlay on the ramp area, as well as the installation of storm-water and drainage ditch piping.  Executed by Trader Construction, the project is expected to be completed by May of 2016, with an investment of $6.8 million for future General Aviation development at ILM.

Private Pilot Ground School Available at CFCC:  You can learn to fly!  Cape Fear Community College is offering the first course required for the Private Pilot License.  This 72-hour course is the ground school that is required to take the FAA test.  Course runs January 25 to April 13, 2016 at CFCC North Campus.  For more information, please call 910.362.7254 or visit

Spotted at ILM!

Recently spotted at ILM was this A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)! The first production A-10A was delivered to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., in October 1975. The upgraded A-10C reached initial operation capability in September 2007. Specifically designed for close air support, its combination of large and varied ordnance load, long loiter time, accurate weapons delivery, austere field capability, and survivability has proven invaluable to the United States and its allies. The aircraft has participated in operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Provide Comfort, Desert Fox, Noble Anvil, Deny Flight, Deliberate Guard, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
(Caption Source: A-10 Thunderbolt II)

ILM Welcomes Bob Campbell, Promotes Gary Broughton

Robert J. Campbell, CPA joined Wilmington International Airport (ILM) as the new Finance Director, effective October 30, 2015.  Campbell has over 25 years of experience in public and private accounting and finance.

Campbell graduated from the School of Business at the University of Albany with a concentration in Accounting and a minor in Economics.  He obtained his certified public accounting license in New York and now holds a reciprocal license in the State of North Carolina.  Bob spent the first eight years of his career in public accounting before moving into the private accounting arena.  His career spans many industries including real estate, restaurants and financial services.

Another recent announcement is the promotion of Gary W. Broughton, CM, to the position of Deputy Airport Director.  Broughton has been the Operations Director at ILM since July 2004.  His thirty years of experience with US Airways and accreditation as a Certified Member (CM) with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) earned Broughton the promotion effective October 29, 2015.