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Everything I Ever Wanted to Know about Aviation Properties

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  • What is an airpark?

    An airpark, also known as a residential airpark or fly-in community, is a type of housing development designed specifically for aviation enthusiasts. These communities are built around a private or shared airstrip, allowing residents to own homes with direct access to aircraft hangars. Here are some key features of airparks:

    • Residential Properties with Hangars: Homes in airparks typically include private hangars or have access to shared hangar facilities, enabling residents to conveniently store and maintain their personal aircraft. Airpark properties can have a traditional house with a seperate hangar, a traditional house with an attached or integrated hangar, a hangar with a condo style living space inside, or a simple hangar with no living space. In some instances, communities also have community hangar space seperate from the houses.
    • Direct Taxiway Access: Properties are often designed with taxiways that lead directly to the runway, allowing aircraft to move from the hangar to the airstrip without needing to travel on public roads. In some instances, the taxiways are shared with automobile traffic.
    • Shared Runway: The community shares a private runway, which is maintained collectively by the residents or a homeowners’ association (HOA). These runways can be turf/grass runways or paved runways.
    • Community Amenities: Many airparks offer additional amenities such as fuel stations, maintenance services, and clubhouses. Some may also have social clubs, flight schools, or aviation-related events. It is important, when selected an airpark community to find one that has an active aviation community.
    • Location: Airparks can be found in rural or suburban areas, often with large plots of land to accommodate both homes and hangars. In many cases the airparks were built in what was originally a rural area that has now been overrun by suburban neighborhoods as nearby cities grow.
    • Lifestyle: Living in an airpark appeals to pilots and aviation hobbyists who enjoy the convenience of having their aircraft at home and being part of a community with similar interests.

    Overall, airparks provide a unique living arrangement that combines residential comforts with the convenience and accessibility of aviation facilities. 

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