Silence…………………………………………….. nothing but the hum of my Continental O-300 and the wind rushing over my windscreen as the Earth creeps up beneath my feet. Just at that tranquil moment where separation between earth and craft seems infinitesimally close, my ear discerns the whine of the stall horn and the seat of my pants feels the mains start to roll.
The best kept secret in the Sierras: Pine Mountain Lake Airpark (PML), located in the Sierra Nevada foothills in the town of Groveland, California, is known for its temperate climate and statistically averages 300 days of sunshine a year. Having built a home on the runway in the 80’s and resided there for 8 1/2 years, I can confirm those statistics are accurate. Since then it has grown and is now home to aviation legends and airshow pilots whose names include Clay Lacy, Wayne Handley, Melissa and Rex Pemberton and the owners of the log cabin home featured in this article, airshow performer Vicky Benzing and her husband Jeff. Continue reading The Best Kept Secret In The Sierras
Every airpark is different. Some are in the middle of God’s country where each lot offers ten acres, the perfect blend of deciduous and coniferous trees, and sprawling estates. Others can be found in the middle of an urban jungle where the hangar homes are exquisitely designed into the surrounding canvas of concrete, steel, and glass. And then there’s the concept of “Cluster Developments” which presents a paradigm shift in how an airpark might be developed. Continue reading Discovery Trail Farm Airpark – An Olympic Paradigm Shift
One of the overriding missions of HangarSphere is to share and celebrate the lifestyles of those who love aviation and have incorporated it into their day-to-day lives. Airparks capture this element right at the very core. Alpine Airpark, in the extreme western reaches of Wyoming, was an obvious choice as the spotlight of HangarSphere’s first issue. Continue reading Alpine Airpark – Where Airpark And Outdoor Lifestyles Become One