A slice of aviation heaven in Illinois

This summer marked my 13th AirVenture. After a few years of going to the big show, I noticed that whenever I encountered someone with a particularly unusual or well-kept airplane, the names Bel Air Estates and Poplar Grove Airport (C77) in Illinois were attached to them.

The privately-owned, public use airport came first, says Steve Thomas, whose father Dick established the airport in 1972 after retiring from dairy farming.

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Luxury living with your airplane

The mantra “if you build it, they will come” may have worked to attract baseball fans in the movie “Field of Dreams,” but it take more than a runway to attract homeowners to an airpark.

For the developers of SilverWing at Sandpoint Airpark located in Sandpoint, Idaho, there were three important attributes in mind when they looked for a place to build a new airpark.

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A most extraordinary place to live

By LARRY GRIGGERS

Nestled under the airspace of the busiest airport in the world, Mallards Landing is home to about 150 property owners who love living in this aviation-centric community located in Henry County just south of Atlanta.

The airport, identified is GA04, features a 4,500-foot grass runway, pilot controlled lighting, and a nice comfortable width of 150 feet over most of its length. Homeowners can easily taxi to the runway from hangars located on their lots.

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Shady Acres celebrates golden anniversary

SPANAWAY, Wash. — Shady Acres, a residential airpark, celebrated its 50th anniversary with a potluck party at the home of Rick and Bobbie Wicklander on Sept. 1. Current and former residents showed up, about 50 in all, for the celebration. [Read more...]

Airpark slates fly-in

SilverWing at Sandpoint, an airpark in Idaho, has slated the Sandpoint Fly-In July 18, giving attendees the chance to tour is the site, as well learn more about the hangar/home sites available. Located at the Sandpoint Airport (SZT), the fly-in also will include aviation events, aircraft displays, food, fun and entertainment.

Created by aviators, the SilverWing at Sandpoint community covers 18-plus acres with direct access to the public Sandpoint Airport. The development includes 44 lots and more than 10,000 square feet of common area featuring a recreation center, pool, spa and exercise room. Each of the lots will accommodate a hangar on the ground floor and an unfinished loft space above, ready for specific owner build out. This project allows users the choice to utilize one of seven custom home designs or build their own hangar home, consistent with the vision of the project. All lots are on fee simple land.

For more information: 866-773-2366 or www.silverwingatsandpoint.com.

AOPA calling for ‘greater flexibility’ on TTF issue

AOPA has sent a letter to the FAA calling for “greater flexibility in the pending policy” regarding through-the-fence (TTF) agreements at public-use airports on a story posted today on its website. An excerpt from the story…

“In many ways, residential airparks or hangar homes can provide security and economic benefits to the airport and support an overarching goal of helping the airport become self sustaining,” said Heidi Williams, AOPA senior director of airports. “In fact, Independence Airpark in Oregon is a stellar example of the economic benefit the adjacent airpark offers in creating a self sustaining state-owned and -operated airport.

At issue are businesses and homes on private property that currently have legal access to public-use airports. Read AOPA’s story and download its whitepaper.