AOPA Pilot Magazine - January 2015 - 73

CAVEAT EMPTOR

Deciding on an airpark to live is so much more than just
deciding if you want to fly off of pavement or turf. Before
you succumb to my siren's song, please, take the time to
research any airpark you are considering. These properties are unique commodities, with valuations to match.
Navigate to Ben Sclair's excellent website (http://
livingwithyourplane.com) and gather as much information as you can about your prospective development.
Find out how old the development is; how many homes
already exist; who the homeowner association president, or in lieu of that, who the developer is. Obtain and
review a copy of the most current covenants, conditions,
and regulations (CC&Rs).
Set up a visit and try to fly in (make sure you get
a briefing on the airport's procedures), so that you
can assess the area from both land and air. Compare
the CC&Rs against what you see in the park. Are the
rules being enforced? Do they even make sense? Visit
more than once, during different seasons, and attend
a homeowner's association meeting or a community
barbecue so you can feel out the personality, vitality,
and viability of the place.
While you are conversing with your potential new
neighbors, make sure you find out how well the airpark's
essential services work. Is there city or well water?
Sewer or individual septic systems? Digital cable or
satellite-only broadband entertainment and communication options? What are the local taxes? Association

dues, fees, and assessments? How does air traffic control in the area function? If you are contemplating
bare property, make sure to find out if there are architectural guidelines or size restrictions. Ask all the
questions, right down to which cellphone services
work best inside the gates.
Finally, wander outside of the airpark gates and get
a bead on how close critical infrastructure lies, from
hospitals to highways, schools, recreational areas,
places of worship, and grocery stores. There is life outside the airpark to consider, too.
Is your heart set? Take the next step and search out
a realtor who understands fly-in communities. That
realtor can help you find financing, too. Airparks are
not always well-understood by the banking industry,
and properties must be properly represented to them
(sometimes even creatively) in order to cement a deal.
Property insurance is another challenge for fly-in aficionados. Agents can get confused when you explain
that you keep your airplane in the "garage."
Deciding to live with the love of your life,
be it your spouse or your aircraft, is a commitment worth making-so, once you are smitten,
THE AUTHOR and her
carry through with grace. We look forward to
husband, Barry Marz,
welcoming you to the community.
AOPA
live with their Kitfox
AMY LABODA is the former editor of Women In

Aviation International magazine and is currently
working as a freelance writer-living the dream.

IV and RV-10
in Pine Shadows
residential airpark
near Fort Myers,
Florida.

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