AOPA Pilot Magazine - January 2015 - 68

Buckingham Airpark
(right). Living the life
near Wichita
(opposite page).

68 | AOPA PILOT January 2015

IT'S A LIFESTYLE

Airparks are not normal neighborhoods. Ask

an airpark resident why he lives there and watch the
goofy smile spread slowly across his face. Watch them
puff up a little bit, the same way they do when they
are talking about their aircraft, their flying. Some can
explain the feeling, calling it kismet, calling it perfection-some cannot. That's how it is with love.
"Living in a fly-in community is cohesive," says
Carol Vandervliet, a resident of Florida's Buckingham
Airpark for more than 15 years. "We love that aviation
seems to be the central thread that binds our neighborhood together, despite our diverse backgrounds and
cultures. Aviation is an equalizer."
Buckingham is a through-the-fence (TTF) airpark,
meaning the community does not own the airfield affiliated with it. "In our case the runway is owned by Lee
County Mosquito Control, and we have negotiated the
right to access and use it," she said. A new federal rule
governing TTF airpark operations went into full effect

BOTTOM: MIKE HOUSKA

Where are they? They exist in 48 out of the 50
United States, in Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Europe,
and Asia. Take a U.S. terminal area chart-OK, pull up
any Class B airspace in your flight planning software-
and zoom in. Scan the area 15, 20, 30, and 40 miles out
from the center. See all those small private airfields? If
you are on your computer, browse over to the residential
airpark directory online (http://livingwithyourplane.
com). A quick correlation will show you that many of
those little magenta airfields are airpark communities.
Some, such as Kentmorr Airpark on Kent Island,
Maryland, or Palmetto Air Plantation in Manning, South
Carolina, are small and intimate groups of just a few
homes around a pristine grass strip. Others-such as
Daytona Beach, Florida's Spruce Creek; Asheville, North
Carolina's Mountain Air; and Palm Beach's Wellington
Airpark-are urban multi-use affairs, with paved, lighted
runways sporting instrument approaches and literally
hundreds of homes spread over acres of propGLENN PLYMATE and
erty. If you are more of a wide-open-spaces
his wife Irene Bolam
(below) live on an airpark
gal or guy, there are airpark communities in
he helped design in
Texas, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming that offer
Independence, Oregon.
a bit of spread-10 to 25 acres per parcel. It's
Bicycle, airplane, car-at
home in Florida's
all out there.


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