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Is there a regulation on how late military aircraft such as the Osprey can practice landings at ILM?

Cecil Hester

An Osprey aircraft is shown near the Wilmingon International airport on July 27, 2007. StarNews photo by Mike Spencer.

Q. There have been a lot of Osprey aircraft landing and taking off at ILM recently. Some are flying through after 8:30-9 p.m. Is there any regulation on how late these very loud aircraft can practice landings at the airport? 8:30 is after bedtime for a lot of young children. Also, does ILM generate any revenue by allowing military aircraft to use the runways?

A. There are no regulations for when military aircraft can use local airspace. They do touch and go practice landings, and sometimes land at Wilmington International Airport for fuel, said Gary W. Broughton, the airport’s director of operations. One of the Fixed Base Operators serving general aviation has a military fuel contract.

Other than the sale of fuel by the FBO, no revenue is generated by the military flights.


Is there a noise ordinance that applies to military aircraft flying very low?

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