North Carolina’s Wilmington International Airport (ILM) will receive a second FBO after a group led by business aviation industry veterans Marty Hiller, Michael Scheeringa, and Sanjay Aggarwal won a contract after a request for proposal was issued by the New Hanover County Airport Authority.
According to Hiller, who operates two FBOs at The Florida Keys Marathon International Airport, the new entity known as Marathon Aviation Partners will operate the Aero Center Wilmington FBO, to be constructed on a 6.3-acre leasehold at ILM under the name Aero Center Wilmington. Hiller remains the owner of Marathon Aviation Associates.
Hiller expects to break ground on the new facility within three months and for the FBO to be operational in at least one of the hangars by next April. Located on the west side of the airfield, just north of the commercial terminal, it will include a 5,200-sq-ft FBO terminal, a fuel farm, and a pair of up to 12,000-sq-ft hangars able to accommodate the latest ultra-long-range business jets.
“Wilmington is very much a combination of a vacation destination location plus it has a nice business side to it,” Hiller told AIN. “When we came up with the name, it was very specific that it was Aero Center Wilmington because we want to serve the local clientele and the local community.”