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ONLY ON 3: Wilmington air show cancelled due to past complaints, disruptions


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A thrilling event in the Cape Fear is no more. WWAY learned from leaders at Wilmington International Airport Friday its air show has been cancelled.

It’s aviation at its finest with roaring jets and acrobatics of all kinds. The Coastal Carolina Air Show at Wilmington International Airport has been a high-action treat for thousands from all of over the country. But ILM Director Jon Rosborough says the show, held every three years, is being grounded after past complaints and disruptions.

"It interferes with our commercial air space," Rosborough said. "During the last two air shows, we had several flights delayed which was an inconvenience to our passengers and several of our passengers missed connections."

Because the show features military jet teams, all air space is reserved for them, meaning other air traffic is stalled for up to two hours. "The airlines complained. The airlines have said you know you've caused us hardship," Rosborough said.

During past shows, people have enjoyed not only the action in the sky but have also been able to tour some of the impressive aircrafts.

For pilot Matt Wade, going to the air show has been a family tradition since he was a little boy. He just learned today of the show's cancellation.

"There’s always stuff for the kids with food in addition to the air show so it will be disappointing to lose that," Wade said.

So Wade says he will resort to attending other air shows in the region. "If you're willing to drive a couple of hours, there is always a good air show you can get to."

The next Coastal Carolina Air Show would have taken place next year.

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Air show

I went twice. Loved it both times, but as with other things once you see it once, its gets boring after.
This is one item that brings to the forefront the economic conditions of our time and Seymor Johnson AFB is cancelling their's because of budgets.
Let it be cancelled for this year and let us remember the past ones fondly and hope that in future years it can come back to town.
As for interfering with travel? I have to believe we can work around this air show as they do it in many other airports that are busier than ours.
I will vote for a temporary cut to this display in the hope that our economy will improve to a point where this is no problem for them to put on and for us to attend, and for the airlines to not worry about.

Want a laugh, channel 6 news

Want a laugh, channel 6 news just said wilmington airport people wanted the county to give them 4.5 million loan for construction, they are off their rocker, the county doesn't have any money, that money belongs to the taxpayer that the authority doesn't want to be able to have an airshow, i.e., they want our money, just not our presence.

If it's just a matter of

If it's just a matter of funding that's easy, we'll just get rid of the MLK parade that is meaningless and then if we need more cut out the Azalea festival, both of these events cause 10 times the delays and aggervations to the traveling public.

lost revenue

So why isn't anyone crying about all the lost revenue from air show patrons?

Air show confusion

I have been to several air shows at ILM where they HALTED THE AIR SHOW momentarily between acts to allow a commercial landing and that seemed to work so I'm not sure what's going on here.


Come on ILM. One weekend every three years and you can't properly schedule to make this happen? We fly in and out of ILM for business at least four times a month and how many delays do we experience? Tons! How about the flight in December were we had an hour and a half delay on the tarmac because of mechanical issues...the real issue? There are no full time mechanics on duty to fix the problem... period! We had to wait for some contracted mechanic to wake up, get dressed and drive 30 minutes to come fix the plane. Maybe if ILM continued to host this type of big $$$, big attendance, beloved traditional event, they would be able to hire full time mechanics again! Delays .. "my you know what!"

Not one word of protest from our illustrious city "leaders"

Gee, you'd think Saffo and council (cronies) would have at least said something about the airport cancelling one of the big deals around here. Something that lots of Wilmingtonians are proud of and look forward to. However, unless I missed it, not one word.

Oh well, I guess that's understandable. Not a one of them can profit in some way from some sort of "downtown" real estate deal from the airshow.

let Saffo remain silent

Please don't wake the sleeping. Saffo has been very quiet since the baseball fiasco. Let him remain silent. The next thing you know he will want to build something worthless in the middle of the river. shhhhh

air shows in Wilmington

Possibly the traveling public could help out with this. We could all drive to Fayetteville, Raleigh, or Myrtle Beach to catch our flights, and eliminate the problems of delayed flights in Wilmington. This decision is short sighted, and damaging to an economy already hurting.

I hate this crappy airport

I live right by the Airport and there isn't anything we love more than these air shows. The ear piercing, house shaking Military jets are our favorite, so knowing we won't be seeing it this year because this crappy airport, that THINKS it's an international airport, doesn't want it just sucks. First they cut down all the woods around the place, in the name of "homeland security", which is such a joke, more like lighting and future dreams of expansion, but "security" is an easier way to avoid state wetland and local regulations. Once again this crappy airport is proving themselves to be a pompous kingdom on high looking down on us Wilmington residence as nothing but peasants in their grand "international" fairy tell dreams. I hate this crappy airpirt. least be honest..

I was at the last ILM airshow and distinctly remember "pauses in the action" while commercial flights departed and landed.

I got a great idea! Let's

I got a great idea!
Let's cancel the undedicated management of ILM and keep the air show !

Screw the Airport Commission

This is just a load of CRAP!!!!!! I grew up in Wilmington watching these shows and they were great. I remember everytime a flight came in the anouncers making a big deal over it and welcoming the people coming in to Wilmington, and wishing them a pleasent stay. How was this justified? It is not like Wilmington has dozens of flights every hour coming in, and the business the show brings to the city far more important than a bunch of jacka$$es who want to kill the fun that has been enjoyed for years. The citizens of Wilmington need to flood the airport with protests, and tell them just how much it pisses them off the wishes of a few is trying to kill the fun for the masses.

GOSH DAB jets were scaring the Hogs Again!

Those DANG jets were scaring Mr. LemLars hogs again were they?
Those GOSH DAB Paratroopers...they made the most noise!!!
Maybe we can get a Hang Gliders Air Show here instead. Nope...that would still be an event that would upset certain ones.
Possibly...the noise was disturbing the Reality Shows filmed at Screen Gems...or the "Teen Mom 2" type shows. Possibly the air turbulence from the jets swirled the air around too much from the "Do Do Factory" on 23rd Street across from ILM.
Doesn't say much for an International Airport...does it? Says a lot about Wilmington :-(
I looked up Wilmington International Airport on Wikipedia...and it read..."No Air Shows Here". It's been changed!
In reality...individuals that perform one of the most dangerous performance tactics in the skies, as we know it...and now you can't even see it unless it's on TV.

"We had several flights delayed"

Both of them?

Here in Daytona Beach

Here in Daytona Beach normally we have two air shows a year. DAB is one of the busiest airports in the nation and never seems to be a problem with the flow of aircraft or pedestrian traffic. It only does so by good management of the air boss and the local traffic officers

If it works in Daytona Beach, the problem must be with ILM

Overwhelmed by their lack of business, or their inability to attract new business, ILM management doesn't want to mess with the one or two flights it might effect. That's what happens when one or two flights are such a large percentage of their overall business.

I love the Wilmington area, but the airport is a podunk airport with podunk management. ILM management's brains are far too small to ever even think big, much less creatively.


am glad to know this! Now I can get a group of complainers together and put a stop to he Azalea Festival...that is a WEEK of aggravation and delays!

I agree

I agree with you. So tired of sitting through red/green lights waiting on the limo with the queen in it that I've never heard of. I have to work for a living, I travel a lot in the county and it is a very big aggravation to me.


It frustrates me to have to wait through several cycles of a traffic light because the "queen" and her entourage are going somewhere.

Air Show

Blame it on BUSH...Too many times a few BIG MOUTHS have attempted and usually get something cancelled. As for the parade on MLK day. Maybe, just maybe, there is a little racism in all the up roar. Anyone complain about the Saint Pats day parade. Air shows both the flying and the static displays are great fun for all generations. Let's get a life and stop trying to stop fun events. Maybe the show could fly out of the USMC base at Little River and do their fly over here. The static displays could then be at ILM. Chicago has a huge air show and one of the busiest airports, O'Hare , in the country. Wonder how they can do it.



A shame that ILM can not

A shame that ILM can not keep the tradition of flight in its own State. As a former commercial pilot I can tell you that many other "busier" airports and cities can function around events with ease among aerial demonstration teams. Coordinated schedules are the difference in delays and missed connections, which is something that the airlines know too well. This in my opinion shows a lack of will and interest on the part of the ILM airport committee and should be reconsidered.

It won't be reconsidered.

It won't be reconsidered. The airport management figures are paid too much money to actually have to worry about working, so they're doing everything they can to ensure that they can earn their lucrative salaries without having to lift a finger.

The hits keep coming *smh*

Perhaps the folks at ILM need to chat with the folks at the Columbus Airport in Georgia, which also has scheduled air carrier service. During the show there, the Air Boss was aware of the airline schedule, got an inbound/outbound call from ATC, and suspended the airshow until the scheduled airliner landed/departed (this was even built into the behind-the-scenes flow schedule). TOTALLY transparent to the airline customers. The announcer played it up really well & kept the crowd entertained until the air show portion started again when the airliner was noo longer a factor. No brainer if you ask me.

air show

Wow. so a few planes have to wait a little while. People passing through Wilmington!! Now all of us who live here and enjoy the air show every year have to go without because of a few whiners who don't even live here? How it that right? The Airport authorities see every year how popular this event is, from the cars lined up along side the airport fence to the many hundreds who pay to come in and participate in the extra's ! Can't you leave those of us who live here something to look forward to that we all enjoy in these hard times.. we even make picnic lunches and put blankets on the grounds with our familie's to enjoy relaxing and watching this wonderful air show. It's a tradition. You don't take away popular traditions because of a few very minor complaints. way I look at it is YOU put the happiness of those who LIVE here above those passing through.
Here I sit day after day listening to all these new noisier planes coming near my home, never quiet anymore. so why not compensate those of us living close enough to the airport to never have quiet. ,if you are going to take away a show we invite friends and relatives to enjoy in our yard each year, those jets and planes we watch at the air show are beautiful, education, exciting and something to look forward to. The passengers passing through whining should have no say or pull in this town's activities.
Please rethink this decision. It's flawed..........

Total B/S, there is no way

Total B/S, there is no way with flow control and schedules 1 day every 3 years these guys can not coordinate an airshow and a couple of arrivals and departures, as a member of EAA 20 plus years ago I remember a discussion about "commercial" airspace, it's all coming full circle now, socialist agenda. Other countries have had it, now it's our turn, needless to say it's a huge disappointment to see the airshow canceled, just more HOPE and CHANGE.

How can they?

AIRLINES even "demand" that a "AIRSHOW cannot take place, after all KILM is/has been FUNDED via OUR tax-Dollars? (Federal)... Through FAA & DOT; *Grant Monies*... (yes I looked it up).

YOUR taxes folks, now, WE are told We cannot have a AIRSHOW?
I think "defunding" the "Airport" via OUR tax dollars would be a nice reversal...
Then listen to everyone *Squeel* like a PIG coming off the FED .GOV teet...
Let the airlines *fund* & maintain this "airport" them selves...
Lets see how far THAT goes....

they do fund and maintain

Airlines do fund and help maintain the airport. They pay taxes here and they pay fees to be allowed to land and take off from these runways. You folks are so uninformed. You are blowing smoke out of your ***. Airplanes do not come to ILM for free.

So minority rules once

So minority rules once again. How sad and foolish. How about moving it to Brunswick County Airport or elsewhere. Guess that's not an option. Just cancel it. Knuckleheads.