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Aircraft Hangar Homes Are Unique. There May Be More Around Than Your Realize.

By Ken Risley

There are many airport communities in the United States. I have heard that Florida, Texas and California have the most of them. However I’ve heard of these places in most every state. I live at one myself and usually am met with wide-eye’d surprise when I mention the fact. Most people have similar questions so I though I’d answer a few of them here:

What are Airport Communities?

These are neighborhoods which share one or more runways which are either connected to a small airport or are contained complete within the neighborhood itself. These runways are often owned and maintained by the community.

What are hangar homes?

Hangar homes are regular homes like you see anywhere in the United States with the exception that they have an airplane hangar either connected to or separately located on the property.

If I went inside a hangar home would I see any difference to a regular home?

No. These are regular old homes, large and small, every architectural style, every layout you can imagine, every color – some have garages for cars, some put their cars in the hangar. The main distinction is that these homes have hangars on their property, either attached to the home or not.

Are there special Codes to follow on Hangar Homes?

As far the the homes go, they the codes are same. They are the same as any other type of home. The hangars too are usually built by the same codes as most though some areas, depending upon the size of the hangar, might require tougher codes. In my area, Florida, greater than 2000 square feet will require a few commercial code requirements.

How to you drive (taxi) your airplane to the runway?

Most communities either have the houses right up against the runway or they are on regular streets. When they want to drive (taxi) their airplane out to the runway they use the same streets that the cars do.

Is there a right of way issue with the cars and airplanes?

Everyone one gives the airplanes right of way. If you are driving down the street in your care and see an airplane coming, you just drive into a neighbor’s driveway or off the street and let the airplane go by. They are almost always your friend and there is lots of waving.

Is noise a factor if you live in one of these communities?

Rarely is noise a problem. But like anything, there are exceptions. We have fly-ins sometimes where many airplanes will fly in for lunch or a meetings. Also, homes today are pretty tight and noise from outside does not easily get through. But, for sure, airplane pilots usually love the sound of airplanes. When my wife and I do hear them we always delight and wonder who it is flying in or out.

Do you use your hangar to store other stuff?

Of course. Like everyone else we tend to get carried away with various levels of “junk”. Gotta stay on top of it.

How Ugly are Hangar Homes?

Homes and buildings and hangar homes can be ugly or beautiful depending on the designer. I have seen very few ugly ones. They are usually very nice. Most of the architecture is nicely done. Mine, for instance, can’t even be identified as a hangar home from the street. I designed my hangar, as viewed from the front, to integrate with the home so it blends in.

Are Airport Communities Tower Controlled?

You will not find towers at Airport Communities. Like all other uncontrolled airports (and most airports are NOT controlled) the pilots have a system they use and follow which keeps everybody aware of who is using the runway and who is in the area flying. They are very safe.

What types of folks live at these communities?

As diverse as any other with the exception that they all have a common interest – aviation. I have found that these are among the tightest and closest communities of friends one will ever have.

Are all these hangar homes the same sizes?

They range from 800 feet right on up. The hangars can be a little more than a garage to large structures that can house many airplanes.

How expensive are airplanes to own and to fly?

Planes, like anything, can range widely in type, expense, etc. Some can be very expensive. Some are pretty reasonable to own and fly. Many folks choose to build their own airplane – right there at their homes. There are owners, like John Travolta, who have very expensive jet airplanes at their airport homes. But jets are rare at fly-in communities. Travolta’s runway is very long and wide and likely one of a kind in the United States.

John Travolta lives in a hangar home. Do you know him?

Yes, he lives in a flying community of his own. There are several other homes where he lives. Actually it is only a few miles from my home. I have met him, yes – he seemed like a great fellow. He was curious how long the runways are in my neighborhood. That is pretty important, I guess, to him since he flies bigger equipments. I actually wasn’t sure, my wife had to answer.

I’ve found that most pilots have heard of these places. Many have likely thought it pretty expensive. But you will find, if you research it, that it can be an amazingly affordable lifestyle. It is really a matter of researching what is out there and learning a bit about the types of homes you can buy or build. Once you have decided to do this, you will likely find many resources of help and advise. It is, indeed, a lifestyle like no other. You’ll make friends like never before.

Ken Risley, airplane hangar homes,specializes in the designing and engineering of hangar homes throughout the Unites States. Learn more about Dream Home Design, today!

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