Category Archives: Lifestyle

HangarPad Review – Hangar & Home Remodel At Spruce Creek

Cirrus SR22 looking outside the hangar to blue skyI enjoy the home remodeling process. Add a hangar and home remodel at the same time and I am a kid in a candy store. The latest subject for our HangarPad Review sits right in the heart of Spruce Creek Airpark. This airpark is the largest in the world and includes a golf course, restaurant, and even a hair salon right on the main taxiway. Through an introduction via the Cirrus Owner and Pilot Association (COPA), I had the opportunity to visit the home of Canadian Adam Bryan and see the end result of a major renovation. Continue reading HangarPad Review – Hangar & Home Remodel At Spruce Creek

The Best Kept Secret In The Sierras

Pine, Mountain, Lake, Airpark, BenzingThe 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

Paul And Mary’s Version Of Perfection

One oFully Connected Airpark Homef my favorite things I get to do with HangarSphere is discover. The second home built at Dave LeRoux’s Discovery Trail Farm Airpark could not have lived up to that statement and the name of the airpark any better. After learning all about the airport and the history of the airpark’s development to date, Dave introduced me to Paul and Mary Kuntz. They were the first to purchase a lot and build their version of perfection. The home’s design is key as it takes into account a multitude of design requirements based upon personal style, functionality, structural requirements, orientation of the lot, and even the surrounding fields and mountains in the distance. Continue reading Paul And Mary’s Version Of Perfection

2014 HangarSphere Holiday Gift Guide

MotoArtTop Holiday Gifts With Attitude AND Altitude

Great For The Hangar, The Office, & The Home

Like most of us, right about now you’re probably looking for something “different” to give as a holiday gift. If you’re a commercial operation such as an FBO, maybe you’re pondering the 2015 budget to see what’s needed for the upcoming year. If you’re an aviator with a hangar or hangar/home shopping for that special someone or possibly treating yourself, I may have taken a little of the legwork out of this dilemma with the suggestions below. The range is vast to meet most every budget from frugal to flamboyant with a balanced emphasis on functionality which is often thrown out of the window during the holiday season. And best of all, some of the companies included will provide a discount for HangarSphere readers if you use the code HS2014. Continue reading 2014 HangarSphere Holiday Gift Guide

Aviation Lifestyle – Bulleit Bourbon

Bulleit Bourbon Review Aviation LifestyleWhiskey.

While growing up, I always associated this word with two things:  John Wayne Westerns and my grandfather. Ernest Alfred Jensen had many passions in life. The most obvious was his wife, Helen, followed by family, church, tennis, and his nightly guilty pleasure of enjoying one Manhattan during dinner (or two if we were partaking in our large and frequent family gatherings!) Continue reading Aviation Lifestyle – Bulleit Bourbon