Posted on 04 May 2011
The following is from Dan in Nevada. Any suggestions? Post them in the comments area below:
I am a lender who received through a default an airpark in the Reno, NV area. I have been trying unsuccessfully for several months to find a local real estate agent with the expertise to market this project. Can you recommend to me a resource?
Posted on 07 March 2011
Ken Hewson sent us the following note wondering how to finish the interior of his new hangar next to his home. Any ideas? Post them below in the comments section.
“I have a hangar beside my home (Lynden, WA) that I am building. 2000 sq ft with 17′ walls. Looking for ideas other than sheetrock to clad the interior walls. I’m thinking T1-11 on the bottom 8′ then corrugated metal above that. Any photo’s, ideas or places to get ideas. Thanks.”
Posted on 30 December 2010
William Wright offers the following in response to the video from grassreinforcement.com post (December 28, 2010):
“The two most important things that make a sod field serviceable are the quality of the sub-grade and the drainage. My civil engineering company used a similar product for an area of vehicle parking we designed for Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. If the Airfield in question has a good draining sub-grade this product should work well. If however the subgrade is clay the field should be first crowned and graded to quickly remove rainwater before any type of reinforcing is added. The type of reinforcing shown will be of marginal value if the field is rutted or has soft spots. Your money would be better spent stabilizing the subgrade. Without more detail I can’t provide any more specific recommendations.”
Posted on 28 December 2010
Don Jonas sent us the following note: “I live on an airpark with a 2800 ft grass landing field. I’m located at Foristell, Missouri. Woodliff Airpark (98MO). I was watching a video on the website, www.grassreinforcement.com (see video’s here). I would like to know if anyone has any comments, good or bad, with experience installing this product on a runway. This will allow us to use the grass runway during the rain days.”
The company is out of England with a North American office in Toronto, Ontario office. The website has an “airfields” section. Please post your comment below.
Posted on 05 February 2010
Question from Dave Hamann: Been following through the fence issue. For now this does not appear to apply to privately owned, public access airports. Mid Valley Airpark (E98), NM has been open to public for 40 years. However, should we in any way shape or form accept state money, I can see we may get in a bind.
Answer from Dave Sclair: You are correct in your assumption that private-owned, public-use airports don’t seem to be affected. Accepting a state grant for improvements might not be a problem either, although before getting into such an agreement it would be highly intelligent to have the agreements checked out for attachments to the FAA.
Posted on 22 December 2009
We received the following email from a Living With Your Plane reader today. Please post your feedback in the comment area below the letter.
I am looking for experiences and suggestions pertaining to residential airparks where a developer or individual owns the underlying land of the runway(s), taxiways, roads and other common areas. In my particular instance, the primary Home Owners Association (HOA) is chartered with maintaining these areas and has collectively paid for paving the runway, adding runway lights, grading and fill of graveled areas, etc. Attorneys have told the HOA that they are responsible for safety by this action of maintaining the runway and common areas, and less-so the underlying land owner.
Our underlying land owner is a resident pilot and dues-paying HOA member. However he is reluctant to relinquish his overall control. This has already caused conflicts where residents feel his actions on his land adjacent to the runway (declared right-of-way and easement) create an unsafe aviation condition, but are powerless to change it. The HOA is never consulted beforehand either. In addition, our small airpark with about 25 owners has three separate HOA/covenant boundaries which were determined when each area was sold. The irrigation and trash users are also separate entities. Read the full story
Posted on 13 November 2009
Following is an email we received from Thom Barlow of Tampa, Florida:
Charlie Masters from Sandy’s Farm Airpark firstname.lastname@example.org said to contact you.
I live on a modest little airport community 18 mi. north of Tampa FL. called Tampa North Aeropark (X 39). Before this Sub-Prime Mortgage Fiasco hit the fan the market value of my 4 bedroom 3 full-bath country-style hangar home was approximately $440,000. Now I can’t get an appraisal up over $250,000.00. It seems “they” do everything they can to purposely de-value my place. My loan officer told me Bank of America is holding so many foreclosure properties they have de-valued everything in the market so they can unload their inventory.
My biggest hurdle is the COMPS. The Appraisers don’t know how to appraise “Airport Community Homes”, They just don’t see the VALUE of living with your plane on a runway. They want to compare my place with a run-of-the-mill home in the area. More than likely sold real cheap & fast so the seller could get out from under a sub-prime mortgage and/or they lost their employment during this fiasco the Banks caused to the world economy.
My question to you is . . . Do you have knowledge of this happening elsewhere ? If so . . . What is being done to address it ?
Could you direct my path to Real Estate Appraisers that know what they’re doing ? I don’t care if they’re in other states. They might know useful stratigies and have connections that could help me here. This might be an area for your “Living with your Plane” to address at this time.
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Posted on 12 November 2009
Following is a question from Dale Whiting, and our response:
“What does ‘Through the Fence’ mean? My local GA field has imposed a fee on through the fence operations. I have always understood that ‘through the fence’ applied to operations taking an aircraft through a gate onto or off of the field. The local GA field appears to wish to impose fees on any business located off field which comes through any gate to do anything. Can you cite me to an authoritative FAA definition?”
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Posted on 29 September 2009
We received the following from Bob Aronson:
“We own a 7000 foot runway as part of a closed military base. Do you have any links to qualified firms that can advise on the feasibility of an airpark? Thanks!”
Dave responded with:
I would contact BCRA Design, a large, multi-faceted engineering, design, planning firm. Email: email@example.com or call 253-627-4367. Good luck and keep us posted on how your project develops. You can also search our resources listings.
Posted on 05 August 2009
The City of Driggs signed a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) with the FAA in order to receive $7 million for widening and resurfacing all the runways and taxiways at the Driggs Airport (KIDJ). Prior to the agreement, eight hangar and hangar home owners received an injunction against the City to enjoin them from “affecting the interest in real property.”
We had a hearing on August 4th and the ruling from the bench was that the CAP did not “affect” the interest in real property. The defense the City took was that there were no changes with the CAP, they just were now going to enforce what they never enforce before. I do not feel our attorneys did a good job of showing that this was a definite change from the status quo which was the sole defense. Basically, we were out lawyered.
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