PRESS RELEASE JUNE 13, 2022
Wilmington, NC (KILM): SAR Trilogy Management, LLC announces its Aero Center Wilmington (aka “AC-ILM”) full service fixed base operation (FBO) is open for business effective today.
“Aero Center Wilmington will bring more aviation activity to ILM,” says S. Michael Scheeringa, founder and managing director of SAR Trilogy Management, LLC. “We saw an opportunity to grow with Wilmington. We have built a world-class facility and brought on an experienced local team. We financed the project with Wilmington-headquartered Live Oak Bank. The Aero Center Wilmington will reflect the aviation needs of the community.”
Sandra Spaller, General Manager, and Chris McPherson, Director of Maintenance of Aero Center Wilmington, will lead the team of aviation enthusiasts that will deliver industry-leading customer service to the Wilmington aviation community. A lifelong Wilmington resident, Sandra joined Aero Centers with over 30 years of FBO experience. Chris has a 30-year aviation history and has been a part of the local community for almost a decade.
The first phase of Aero Center Wilmington consists of almost 100K sq ft of ramp space, new FBO and office space (11K sq ft), two hangars (10K and 15K sq ft totaling 25K sq ft), and a 50K gallon fuel farm (Jet-A, 100LL, plus GSE fuel). The hangar height can handle the largest business jet available in the market today. Aero Center Wilmington is located north of the taxiway Alpha and Hotel intersection and near the U.S. Customs office. For those driving, the address is 1830 Flightline Road.
Aero Center Wilmington’s service offerings for General Aviation include aircraft fueling, parking, hangar storage, and aircraft maintenance for both piston and turbine aircraft, as well as 24/7, 365 AOG/on-call maintenance support services for both general aviation and commercial airline customers. In addition, AC-ILM will support commercial airlines with fueling services.
Sanjay Aggarwal, a co-founder and managing director of SAR Trilogy, added, “We signed our lease two years ago and started development immediately. While the COVID-19 related supply chain and labor issues delayed our opening, we could not have asked for a more supportive partner than the team at Wilmington International Airport led by Jeffrey Bourk and the New Hanover County Airport Authority led by Donna Girardot. They have provided the right atmosphere to attract new business to the airport and community. We look forward to seeing the General Aviation business at ILM grow again, starting with returning tenants. All customers, general aviation, commercial airlines, and the military will benefit from the competition Aero Center Wilmington brings to the market.”
About Aero Centers:
SAR Trilogy Management is creating a portfolio of locally managed and nationally recognized full-service FBOs with the umbrella brand Aero Centers™. So far, three Aero Centers have been announced – Wilmington, NC (ILM), Lakeland, FL (LAL), and Spokane, WA (GEG). Aero Centers will offer a full spectrum of general aviation services either themselves or through partnerships or tenant management. These services include a private terminal, aircraft parking, storage/hangar, Part 145 Certified Repair Station, aircraft management, charter broker, Part 135 charter operations, Part 141 flight school, and commercial into-plane service. In addition, each Aero Center will be known as a customer-centric private aviation expert to the community it serves.
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