Mon, Dec 27, 2004
Home Is Where The Hangar Is
What's your idea of a dream home? If you're a pilot, chances are
it involves a runway near the house and a taxiway to the garage --
which, of course, doubles as a hangar.
"As the cost of tying down or finding a hangar on a public
airport has increased, people have said, 'Why don't I take the X
number of dollars that I am paying for the tie downs and put it
into a home?'" said David Sclair, publisher of "Living With Your
Plane General Aviation News" for some three decades.
His remarks came in an interview with the Bartow, CA, Desert
Dispatch. Sclair and his wife, Mary Lou, life on the taxiway (as
opposed to the fairway) at Adelanto Airport in California's Victor
Valley. "It is a growing trend that has been increasing over the
last 10 years."
That actually makes a lot of sense, if you think about it.
Security is an increasing concern at GA airports nationwide. And
have you seen what it costs to tie down an aircraft these days? The
solution? Park where you live (like John Travolta, who owns this
house and these planes near Orlando, FL).
Sclair says there are now some 600 aviation communities where
main street isn't a street at all, but a runway.
"Why not live with your toys?" helicopter pilot Joe Pike told
the Dispatch. "It's every pilot's dream to walk out of your house
and go fly anyplace you want."
"If you think about it, it is no different than somebody that
lives on a marina or a dock with a boat," Krause said. "It is just
a matter of where your heart is."
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