Editor’s note: Here’s another in our planned series of stories describing state by state the airparks listed in the Living With Your Plane Directory. We started with Alaska and will tackle one state per issue unless there is a particularly low number of airparks in that particular state. In that case, we’ll do several states in the same story.
As always, we welcome your comments and ideas and of course, if your residential airpark isn’t listed or if you have information about other fly-in communities in the state for which we’re reporting, or any other state, we urge you to go here and add any information you have.
Residential airparks in Idaho are the subject of this article. All of the residential airparks in the state are listed as privately-owned. Eight of the fly-in communities are listed as private use only but five of them are open to the public, according to the information provided by the airpark representatives.The Idaho fly-in communities range in from as few as five residential lots to a high of 78 lots. Two claimed lots in the teens, two airparks listed lots in the 20s, one was 30 lots and three reported 44 to 48 lots. The second largest project reported 60 homesites.
None of the fly-in communities indicated individual home lots were less than an acre each.
Seven airparks indicated a runway length of between 2,000 and 3,000 feet. Three others were between 3,000 and 4,000 feet long and one was reported 4,000 to 5,000 feet. A single airpark claimed a runway in excess of 5,000 feet among the 13 in Idaho.
The surface was evenly divided between paved and unpaved: six reported paved while seven were unpaved.
Not too surprising, the area around Lake Coeur d’Alene attracted a number of the fly-in community projects. Here’s the list of airparks in the Living With Your Plane directory together with the community in which it is located:
- Flying Elk – Kamiah
- Greenleaf Air ranch – Greenleaf
- Hackney Airpark – Athol
- Lava Hot Springs – Lava Hot Springs
- Oasis Private Airpark – Oasis
- Olmstead Sky Ranch – Sandpoint
- Pisch’s Place – Coeur d’Alene
- Red Baron Estates – Oasis
- Selkirk Mountain Airport – Sandpoint
- Silverwing @ Sandpoint – Sandpoint
- Silverwood Theme Park – Athol
- Sunrise Skypark – Melba
- Treeport – Spirit Lake