NBC: ‘When Main Street is a Runway’

The NBC News website ran a wonderful photo essay about Florida’s Spruce Creek Airpark. Fifteen photos with extended captions offer a snapshot of life at the 1,400-home airpark development. Enjoy and thank you to Jen Torell for the link.

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AOPA: ‘Living with the love of your life’

AOPA Pilot’s January issue features a story titled, “Living with the love of your life“. A nice write-up from long-time Pine Shadows resident Amy Laboda.

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Michigan Aeronautics spotlights airparks in Fall 2014 newsletter

The Michigan Aeronautics Commission publishes a quarterly newsletter for “Users of Michigan’s Air Transportation System”. In the Fall 2014 edition, “Residential Airparks: Camelot or Chernobyl?” was published on page 3. While the headline is a tad sensationalistic, the content of the story includes many well thought-out suggestions for those looking to join the airpark lifestyle. In fact, the concerns author Randy Coller spells out are good food for thought when moving into ANY community, not just airparks. The story also includes a list of residential airparks in Michigan. It is well worth a read.

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Falcon Ridge Airpark lots going to auction

YAKIMA, Wash. – A real estate auction isn’t always a good thing, unless it is. Too often we read of foreclosure auctions in the press. Well, the Falcon Ridge Airpark auction isn’t one them.

Back to that in a minute.

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Silverbird wins conditional use permit rehearing

CHENEY, Wash. – Denny Reed’s Silverbird airpark development won a recent rehearing on its Conditional Use Permit dating back to 2010. Neighbors oppose development of the 151-acre parcel which includes 10-20 acre lots with “high-end custom homes and landscaping; with each tract owner having the right to use the private airstrip.” The Prosser Hill Coalition has until August 4 to appeal the hearing examiner’s 92-page decision.

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Wanted: Photos and stories of the airpark lifestyle

The August issues of General Aviation News (our sister publication) will focus on living the residential airpark lifestyle. For those of you who are living the dream, do you have some great photos of your airpark or airpark home that you’d like to share? Any tips for those searching for an airpark home? What about a story or memory that sums up why airpark living is a perfect fit? For those of you searching for a home, which are your favorite airparks? What are the amenities that excite you?

Send your comments and photos to General Aviation News Editor Janice Wood. You can also add your comments below. Thanks!

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WSJ writes about ‘Living in Luxury Airparks’

Wall Street Journal reporter Nancy Keates put together a story – Living in Luxury Airparks – for the Real Estate section of Friday’s edition of the Wall Street Journal.

From the story:

“Ask anyone why they live in an air park and the responses are always the same. Residents love airplanes and want to be around airports. When your plane is in your hangar, it’s easy to take it out for weekends instead of spending time driving to and from an airport. Air-park residents brag about short trips to beaches that would be a 10-hour drive from their homes, and nightly jaunts to restaurants hundreds of miles away. People even commute to work by planes and helicopters, taxing into their private hangars at the end of the day.”

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Texas airpark wins appeal in court battle

The Dallas Morning News recently reported that Collin County-based Air Park Estates, at Air Park-Dallas Airport (F69) shut down an attempt to turn the airpark over to a real estate developer. From the story:

“Justice Michael O’Neil, writing for a unanimous three-judge panel, ruled Wednesday that Carrollton city officials, with the help of [Henry] Billingsley and his business associates, passed an unconstitutional ordinance in 2008 in an elaborate attempt to improperly evict homeowners of Air Park Estates in order to develop the land.”

Billingsley, over several years, bought up Air Park Estates property as they came up for sale, and once he owned the majority, conspired with city officials “improperly evict homeowners.”

“The community, developed in a once extremely rural part of Collin County, now is in the middle of one of the fastest-growing high-income neighborhoods in North Texas.”

What airport today doesn’t face this challenge?

The case is expected to be appealed to the Texas Supreme Court, but this particular battle goes to Air Park Estates.

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