NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The ILM Airport Authority met with the New Hanover County Board of County Commissioners Monday. Tom Barber, chairman of the authority, gave a presentation on airport developments at the meeting.
One such goal discussed by the authority was promoting general aviation. New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield asked the authority about the recent decision by the authority to remove the Aero Services company from airport property.
"I'm concerned about tax dollars leaving our community; with airplanes leaving our community," Barfield explained.
Barber said Aero Services had previously missed rent payments and that they weren't meeting some general requirements.
"Some of the things we want to have for general aviation, they were not providing," explained Barber. However, Barber elaborated that the company being voted off the property does not mean the airport has turned its back on general aviation.
"It has been said that we're trying to drive them off the airfield. That is not the case," Barber said. "If anything, we want to increase general aviation because it's good for the community, it's good for the pilots." Barber stated.
Additionally, Barber said that he thinks the new company coming in, the Brixtel Group, will provide space for pilots to store their personal planes.
Gerard Tremblay, Manager of Aero Services, said he has never been late on rent payments since he has managed the business. Tremblay maintains that Aero Services was offered an unfair lease agreement that just wasn't possible for the business to financially agree to.
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