Living with your airplane part 2: Residential airparks

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Living with your airplane part 2: Residential airparks
Last installment we talked about having a private airstrip. This post we are discussing living at an airpark community.

Honestly, this is a deeper level of immersion than most of us are accustomed to. Friends of mine report that it’s an amazing experience to live at the airport with their airplanes surrounded by like-minded people. Image a neighborhood where everyone is into flying – nirvana!



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Real estate at some of these airparks can be quite expensive, but there are plenty of reasonably priced ones around too. You do have to watch out for add-on ‘fees’ that can be onerous at some locations.

I have also heard that some of these communities have some ‘social nuances’ that you need to deal with or at least be aware of. I’m sure the vast majority are really welcoming and inclusive to all their residents otherwise no one would live there.

They come in all shapes and sizes, from grass strips to paved runways with instrument approaches. The big ones like Spruce Creek, is practically a self-contained city right on the airport. There is so much going on there that you can hardly keep up. Most residents don’t bother making the trek to OSH as they practically live it 24/7. I have been there a couple of times and it’s amazing. I was leaving a friend’s house one day and turned the corner only to find a T-6 Texan in someone’s front yard undergoing some maintenance. You can’t image how big a T-6 is until you park it in front of your house. You don’t see that everyday!

Like I mentioned in our previous conversation, the ability to live with your machine is something I can only dream about because the rest of my family wouldn’t be so enthused. But for those of you who can, it could literally change your life.

by Brent

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