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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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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