Wilmington Airport Addresses Concerns About Loud Military Aircraft In The Area

(Photo by MARINE CORPS Lance Cpl. Julian Elliott-Drouin, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.) The Wilmington International Airport recently addressed concerns from area residents about noise generated by military aircraft frequenting the airport during training exercises. (Photo by MARINE CORPS Lance Cpl. Julian Elliott-Drouin, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.) The Wilmington International Airport recently addressed concerns from area residents about noise generated by military aircraft frequenting the airport during training exercises.

Wilmington Airport Addresses Concerns About Loud Military Aircraft In The Area Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 31 March 2021 02:08

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - Many residents living near the Wilmington International Airport have expressed concerns regarding noise from increased military aircraft frequenting the area conducting touch and go take-offs and landings in recent weeks.
According to airport officials, "ILM respects and values all our stakeholder’s and their interests.
We understand there have been some recent concerns from the surrounding community regarding the level of military activity at ILM and the subsequent noise levels."
During World War II (WWII), the airport that is now known as Wilmington International Airport was formerly owned by the federal government as a military airport under the name of Bluethenthal Field  which was, following the WWII, declared surplus property and, under the Surplus Property Act of 1944, the facility was deeded to New Hanover County at no cost.
As stated in the deed, aircraft owned by the Government, or operated by any of its employees or agents on Government business, shall at all times have the right to use the airport in common with others. The government use of the airport is without charge.  In addition to complying with language in the deed, ILM also has obligations as a federally funded facility.  These obligations include making available the use of our airport for government aircraft.
According to ILM officials, "Today, military jets use the approach to ILM as training for approaching civilian fields as they would in forward deployed areas.  The military may also choose to refuel on airport grounds.  One of ILM’s tenants, Modern Aviation, is a fixed-base operator.  As stated in their lease, they offer a variety of services, including fuel sales. Modern Aviation has a military fuel contract and refuels their aircraft.  Modern Aviation has found this contract to be beneficial during these challenging economic times."
According to ILM officials, "Military aircraft are exempt from FAA noise and 1000’ height regulations. As they train for the defense of our country, they do their best to minimize disruptions. Each military base has a dedicated office where members of the public may contact them with any concerns regarding noise, vibration, low-flying aircraft, etc.  The contact information for the military base’s respective noise abatement office is listed below. Members of the public may reach out to ILM’s public safety office at (910) 341-4336 to confirm which military base(s) is utilizing ILM."
Residents can contact military officials to offer feedback regarding noise by contacting the following:
- Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Area Noise Abatement Hotline: (252) 466-1092
- Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Community Hotline: (843) 228-6229 Website: www.beaufort.marines.mil
- Seymore Johnson Air Force Base – Website: https://www.seymourjohnson.af.mil/

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