During the early 1970s and even in the 1980s it was quite common for people to obtain a fuel tank of 500 to 1,000 gallons, dig a hole and bury the thing to keep it out of sight. Back then the fuel dealers were happy to sell fuel to individuals and and dump it into those tanks. Pumps were relatively inexpensive and the installation of an individual systems was real easy to set up.
More and more people in the last year or so seem to be discovering the advantages of living on a residential airpark.
If you are considering buying a house or lot on a residential airport, or even if you already are associated with such a project, there are several issues that are somewhat different than the ones associated with a regular housing development.
Pilot Country Estates is a 74-lot development on Pilot Country Airport located between Tampa and Brooksville, Florida.
Our airstrip has existed for over 30 years and approval looks good. We have about 203 areas and anticipate about 30 – 4-acre building sites.
You can already buy charts, fuel strainers, and other supplies for your airplane from him. Soon, you may be able to buy a homesite on which to park it from Hal Shevers, too. Shevers, founder of Sporty’s Pilot Shop, is negotiating to buy 100 acres adjacent to Claremont County Airport, where the Sporty’s empire is based, to create a residential fly-in community.
Going back to my discussion last year in the 3rd Quarter issue about the public versus private roads, I thought I would bring everyone up to date on what happened here at the Flying-N-Estates in Luthersville, GA.
I cannot recall any special warnings or control other than “cars must yield to crossing airplane traffic” or some similar warning.
Bill Cheek of Prescott, Arizona is working on a “through the fence” arrangement on a public airpark and is interested in obtaining information from anyone who has information about taxiing across a public road or highway.
I was very interested to read your newsletter and feel it has great value to property owners in a residential airport community.
The article lists “approach aids” which I assume to be various things such as some sort of VASI systems, lights, beacons, etc. but not necessarily FAA approved instrument approach procedure. Is this correct?
Since we have three runways, it is sometimes necessary to check all three to ensure the right choice is being made. (Yes, very much tongue in cheek.)
I noted with interest your comments on flybys in the current issue.
One of the perennial problems of residential airparks is enforcing rules, as well as determining what rules really need to be created and enforced.
Have you given any thoughts to how your airpark relates to children? When my kids were growing up we lived on a residential airpark. The airpark owners association established some rules for what children who lived on the airpark could and couldn’t do. We also prepared some others that we considered to be important.