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Old 01-23-2019, 09:03 AM
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Default Airport or Airpark: where to go?

Hey guys you are the ones to ask about this! I'm looking for either an airport or an airpark that has an active and interesting aviation community going on. Experimentals are a plus of course. it's important to find a bunch of people who dig aviation as I'm looking to relocate somewhere in the US. I'm open minded about where. Your aviation stories are welcome here!

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Old 01-23-2019, 10:37 AM
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Hey guys you are the ones to ask about this! I'm looking for either an airport or an airpark that has an active and interesting aviation community going on. Experimentals are a plus of course. it's important to find a bunch of people who dig aviation as I'm looking to relocate somewhere in the US. I'm open minded about where. Your aviation stories are welcome here!

Cheers
After 20-years and over 3,300 hours flying around the country looking at different Airparks, I settled on Gold Hill (NC25) NC. I like it the best.

I did not want to be in the city and did not want to be so far out in the country that everything was a drive of an hour or more

Gold Hill had the right combination of close to the big city and several smaller cities that I could get groceries and most needs met at a price I could afford without having to give up flying.

There are six (6) flying RVs here and there are (3) three RVs under constructions. There are C120/140s, C177, Bonanza, Gyroplanes, and others. It is almost built out but there are 4 lots for sale and also two houses with hangars up for sale.
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Old 01-23-2019, 10:59 AM
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Old 01-23-2019, 11:09 AM
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Check out that hangar ad for ~325k with a 2-bdr at T67.

Looks good.
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Old 01-23-2019, 06:05 PM
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We need pilots here at Hicks.
Come here. Buy a hanger
Look on Google maps. 584 Aviator Dr, Fort Worth, Texas. We have 400 hangers. You own the dirt and hanger. No government interference.
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Old 01-24-2019, 04:32 AM
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Great place to live and play.

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Old 01-24-2019, 07:18 AM
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We need pilots here at Hicks.
Come here. Buy a hanger
Look on Google maps. 584 Aviator Dr, Fort Worth, Texas. We have 400 hangers. You own the dirt and hanger. No government interference.

Hey Jay - are any of those 400 hangars currently for sale?
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Old 01-24-2019, 08:29 AM
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Check out Pecan Plantation in Granbury, TX. With two residential airparks, 0TX1 and 66TE, and other features of this gated community, it is a great place to live. EAA Chapter 983 is a very active chapter with a chapter hangar. Been living here for 20 years now so I am biased. Check us out.
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Old 01-24-2019, 08:39 AM
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I am at Polly Ranch in Friendswood. There are a few air parks in the Houston area, but it seems like things never open up. I will live with my plane until I am no longer able to fly. I like living around others who fly, we all share a common bond and there is always help. Additionally, one of my primary reasons I got a plane was to go places fast. Even if the airport is only 5 miles away, by the time you get in the car, get there, park, get out that can be 30 minutes. At 200 mph I am already 100 miles away. I like being able to go out back jump in and go.https://livewithmyplane.com

While looking for places, it seems there are more air parks in the Dallas Fort Worth area, many more. Also the hill country (San Antonio Austin). Or at least for every one house for sale in Houston there will be 10 more in those areas. Both great places to live, but my job and family keeps me here.
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Old 01-24-2019, 11:26 AM
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Default Airpark HOAs

I think everyone will agree that a bad HOA can make your life miserable. I will probably never invest in an Airpark again, but if I do, I will make certain that it is pilot friendly and has pilots on the BOD. Small airpark communities are particularly dangerous since it only takes a couple residents to create problems. In my case there were only 17 lots and one family owned 5 properties. It was almost impossible to oppose anything they wanted.

I would heartily recommend that you choose larger and well established Airparks. Even then be certain to do your due diligence and interview a significant number of the residents before you invest.

My airpark dream turned into a nightmare. I sold and left.
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