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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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Can't even manage a event hosted every 3 years? How much of a complete fail are you dweebs at ILM?

Another poster says we don't have money for such events... yes we do.
Speak for yourself.

Surprisingly, no quotes...

Surprisingly, no quotes from those grumpy airlines the ILM officials are saying put the skids on their show. My guess is ILM is in such financial straights that they can no longer AFFORD to host a show...too easy to blame the piddly one or two airlines still flying out of ILM. Nope, ain't buying it one bit, and neither should the media.

Only once every three years and they can't schedule...

...a few measly flights around this long time event? The airshow is such a nice and exciting family event for this area. Always have to have a few whiney-butts to ruin it for everyone. It's a shame, it's lost revenue and it's the loss of something a lot of us really look forward to attending. Why don't they go ahead and kick out that two-bit, 50 cents "fair and expo" while they're at it and REALLY make the little kids cry!



Seymour Johnson canceled their air show too

No one has money to spend on these types of events.

whats next

Whats next the Azalea Festival ?


can only HOPE!

Azalea Failure ?

I'd take the air show over the Azalea Failure any day. A parade of flat beds and pick ups advertising strip mall business, an unknown supporting actress from a B movie filmed here as a queen, funnel cake, drunk fests, and Skynyrd in a parking lot ! Wow, can't wait.

Azalea fest

Say what you want about the Azalea Festival, but it brings in a lot of money to the city's businesses. Anything that pumps money into our economy is fine with me. I enjoy air shows as much as the next person, but I have a feeling the Azalea Fest might bring a little more money to our area than the air show does.

Nailed it!

The "parades" around here suck beyond all belief.... Parades suck in general but Wilmington takes them to a whole new level.

air show

My family has enjoyed this event for years, I just informed my son of the cancellation, he says "Wilmington suks" oh well..thank goodness for Seymour Johnston air show each year..and it's FREE...cya Wilmy..thanx for a NO SHOW:(

Absolutely Disgusted!!!!!!

I am sure that the complaints were from those people who feel their lives are somehow more important than others. People with noses so high in the air if they went out in the rain they would drown!!
This is a shame that the many have to suffer for the crying of a self-righteous few.
The people at the executive level at the airport should hang their heads in shame!!! What's next? Cancel the fair or circus? What a load of junk!!!!!
BOO!!! to those that made this decision!!!
I highly suggest that anyone who was considering to fly into or out of ILM take their business elsewhere, it is cheaper any way!!!!

you'll be fine

When I plan a vacation and book a flight I plan ahead for a month or so based on my time schedule of flights. The airshows, as great as they are, interrupt scheduled flights coming in, therefore flights going out can't make it because the plane for that flight couldn't get in to ILM. Planes can't get in or out. I enjoy the air shows as much as anyone else but I do understand the concern. If you planned something fun (not to mention for business) and you couldn't go because someone was doing something else for fun and that blocked you, how would you feel? Not to mention safety. Things have changed in our world and the airline industry is one of the major changes. Sometimes priority takes precedence over play. Those of you who are upset, you will find something else to do and you will be fine, I promise.

I think You'll Be Fine!

I have attended airshows all over the world and as part of the U.S. Army even had the pleasure and luck of working a few.
Let me explain something to you ignorant fool.
Airshows do entertain, they also educate the public by using older aircraft that supported and defended our country. They allow people who would never have a chance to see aircraft up close, to learn and enjoy the strength and power of equipment that allows our everyday lives to exist as they do.
As for for YOUR piddly vacation. plan around the airshow, IT IS scheduled 3 years in advance dunderhead.
You say priority over play? Whose priorty yours!!! GIVE US A BREAK!!!


Anyone who doesn't have the vocabulary to write with intelligence rather than name calling needs to hush up. Besides, I think, based on your attitude of I'm right and you are wrong, you are from the north. Go on back home.

Guest111, You are wrong.


You are wrong. Every time there is a scheduled flight, the airshow is temporarily suspended until the flight either lands or takes off. This is how it has always been. We are not being told the whole story.


point made . . excuse me

ILM Airshow

Guest111 is correct. At the last show, traffic was not delayed. We heard of no miss connections and everything was coordinated prior to the show...Just bad management at the airport, plain and simple. We are not talking about a tremedous amount of aircraft. ILM has very little air carrier traffic.

As usual the MIGHTY DOLLAR

As usual the MIGHTY DOLLAR speaks! There is no country
better than ours but come on people, what is really
HURT by a little DELAY!, or better yet, how hard would it be
to schedule around the air show. BIG BUSINESS AIRLINES WIN AGAIN,
and we lose out!

You Got That Right

You're right in more ways than you may know. We've become a nation of obedient slaves -- and our masters are the corporations. It's endless consolidation (banks, media, etc. all the way down to apartment complexes.) Yes, even apartments, like mine (Campus Walk) that ten years ago had a two page lease but now, after being taken over twice by ever bigger corporations has a near 20-page lease with bans against virtually everything except burping and farting. I thought Wilmington was great when I first moved here but now I'm ready to leave.

Ill Advised

The City of Wilmington can run a parade through downtown, arrest a local newsman and close busineses. The dummy airport cannot schedule flights around the air show which they have done in years past. In fact the crowds like watching the airliners landings. It delayed any actvities for appx.10 minutes from time the aircraft landed till off the runway. This is just another example of denying the many for a few grumbling passengers. Airport officials need to reconsider or reconsider finding another job!

you don't understand everything involved

You are not a person who flies. You don't understand being late here can cause delays like a domino effect down the line in other cities. If it is late leaving here it causes delay in the next city the plane is scheduled to go to. Some folks are on a tight time line to change planes and their schedule was based on how long they have to change planes in Charlotte or Atlanta. It's not just Ilm involved, it's the entire flight schedule of that aircraft for the day.

Another uninformed comment

I fly in airshows all over the country. They bring in huge amounts of revenue for the community thru tourism. They attract folks from all walks of life, both young and old, once a year who immensely enjoy them, yet Wilmington won't accommodate them once every three years.

I used to fly for the airlines. They always have advance knowledge of the schedules and the restrictions on airspace and can and do get permission to take off and land during airshows. The AirBoss, who is the traffic director during the events will halt performances for the short time it takes to launch or recover an airline and then continue the show if needed.

This is just another short sighted PC move by Wilmington to appease the noisy few at the expense of the silent majority.

When will we say "enough is enough" and quit catering to the squeaky wheel. We are losing ground in all areas of public entertainment because our elected officials don't have the backbones to stand up for the entire community.

air show

i am very very very disappointed that they are going to cancel the air show, because they cant or wont schedule flights around the show once a year. after all these years. ILM YOU STINK!!!!!!

Air Show

It is a shame it has to Taken away from those of us that Love seeing and feeling the thrill of these fabulous machines. I am a videographer and this show has always been a highlight of my moving here from Los Angeles 3 years ago...

Now I'll have to move again... :(


SO you moved here because of an air show that takes place every 3 years? Must be rough.