Letter: Enjoy the ‘changing of the seasons’ at Palmetto Air Plantation

By Barbara Amato

Airparks are here to stay. My husband and I moved to Palmetto Air Plantation in Manning, South Carolina two years ago from West Palm Beach, Florida and just love it.  We have a hanger home with three bedrooms and four bathrooms plus a loft with fireplace.

The hanger is large enough for our cars and two other planes.  This airpark is very affordable and just a beautiful place to live and play.  The area is half way between Charleston and Columbia with serious shopping just a short drive away. Manning is small town living just off Interstate 95 and very accessible.

We have enjoyed seeing the changing of the seasons at Palmetto Air Plantation. Something we didn’t experience for more than 30 years.

Anyone out there seeking a reasonable climate in which to live should check out Palmetto Air Plantation. We welcome and invite you to call and check us out. Happy Flying everyone.


Your flying friend

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Letter: An Affordable Airpark Lifestyle

By Marty Harris, Florida

As a new pilot living near Burlington, VT (circa 1978) and later in Northern Illinois, I was envious of my fellow pilots living on airparks, pulling their planes out of the hangar and flying wherever and whenever they chose! I especially liked the rustic nature of Shelburne Airpark (VT) with the pole barn hangars and country atmosphere. Later I would scan the GA News and that yellow rag at the FBOs for real information about affordable airparks. I hoped one day that dream would be possible for me but was sure the “entry” fee would be too high to become a reality, especially when I saw the “high-end” airparks like Spruce Creek near Daytona and Casa de Aero North of Chicago with strict covenants excluding most blue collar flyers like me.

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Question about fuel tanks on the property

Michael Moore is looking for information regarding fuel tanks on his property. This comment came in response to a June 2004 story.

“I have three tanks in my back yard. When I purchased the new home in 2002, I was told that the tanks in the yard were for my personal use. I found out last winter that the tanks help supply the neighborhood. There are three tanks in my back yard that or a 1,000 gallons each. They are about 25 feet away from my house and about 10 feet from the property line. Where should I go to get the regulations and answers to this problem? Even though the state has their own set of regulations, can they operate outside federal regulation?”

Feedback is certainly welcome.

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Letter: Looking for affordable runway lighting

Chuck Laird called earlier this week to ask about runway lighting for the Adelanto Airport. I asked Chuck to send me a letter that outlined the project in detail so I could put it out to the Living With Your Plane community. If you have any input you’d care to share, please do so in the comments section below…

Thanks for the response to my telephone inquiries about finding an affordable runway lighting system for our small rural airpark. It is identified as the Adelanto Airport (52CL) and is a private, multiple ownership, airport located about seven (7) miles southwest of Victorville Airport (VCV). It is a fully State Permitted daytime use airport and Zoned as a Residential Airpark within the City of Adelanto. To increase its feasibility and usefulness to pilots, we are interested in providing for safe night flying.

It has two dirt runways. Runway 27 is about 5100 feet long and 100 feet wide. Runway 17 is about 3800 feet long and 170 feet wide. Airport elevation is 3070′ msl.

Runway 17 is the runway we’d like to light as it meets the FAR Part 77 Airspace requirements. Runway 17, as well as its reverse Runway 35, has high power transmission lines on each end. These high tension wires pose no particular problem during daylight VFR flying as they are about 150 feet AGL whereas our traffic pattern in their vicinity is at least 400 feet AGL. They are fitted with “balls” along their high wires for their identification during daylight flying but are not lighted for easy location at night.

Hence, flying at night will require the fitting of some sort of a lighted Visual Approach Indicator such as a VASI, PAPI, etc. to assure safety.
Our preliminary cost estimate including L-860 runway lights, L-801 rotating beacon and L-881 PAPI is nearly $32,000 not including Engineer, Surveyor, Electrical, Concrete and other construction excavation, concrete, trenching, etc. It’s believed the total costs could easily reach $40,000 even with a lot of anticipated “donated labor”.

We hope there are other small airport experiences of developing airport/runway lighting and approach path indicators that may guide us in a more affordable plan. Maybe only partial runway lighting with a mix of solar powered battery lights and “reflectors” have been tried/used, etc.

Thank you for all of your help.

So… if you have any feedback or experience, please share below in the comments for all to see. Thank you.

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Pontiac Aircraft debuts new architect rendering video

PONTIAC, Quebec – Pontiac Airpark owner/developer Andre Durocher emailed me the following video of what an architectural rendering. Does your airpark have something similar? Send me a link.

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Hensley Airpark runway temporarily closed

Ted Hensley, in a September 4 email, noted…

Hensley Airpark in East Tennessee is temporarily closed due to the cutting of the runway for a much anticipated drainage improvement to the North End.

“The above photo was taken at noon today [September 4] and you can see that the asphalt has been removed in the area to be excavated. In meeting with the contractor, he hopes to have the pipes installed and the runway repaved this Friday [September 6]. There will then be several more days of effort where the culverts go under the grass strip along the eastern edge of the paved runway and the common area along the western side of the paved runway.

“The entire project is due for completion by Wednesday the 11th, Lord willing and the creeks don’t rise.”

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Wanted: Data regarding private instrument approach

Mike Meadows is a resident of Dry Creek Airport in Cypress, Texas. He’s been scouring FAA records seeking information on private instrument approaches. From his email:

The FAA’s website lists 164 Reimbursable Special Instrument Procedures. So this is for privately owned, and private use airports, and also approaches that are owned by private organizations such as charter operators, or even airlines that have paid for specific approaches for their use only.

I’m not looking for public or published instrument approach procedures, only those that are private.

We have an LNAV approach to runway 18 at Dry Creek and are in the process of getting one for the opposite runway 36.

What say you? Does your privately owned, privately used airport have an instrument approach. Comment below or send me an email.

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AIN: “FAA Outlines Residential Through-the-fence Policy”

Aviation International News, in a story posted to its website July 18, reports “FAA has issued a final policy statement that permits general aviation airports to enter into residential through-the-fence (RTTF) agreements with property owners or associations representing property owners.” There are caveats and restrictions, of course, but the decision to enter into RTTF remains where it should… at the airport level.

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