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A History Of Poplar Grove Airport

Belvidere Poplar Grove AirportSilence…………………………………………….. 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.

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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

Part I: Aurora State Airport And The K.I.S.S Theory

Hangar-Aurora-State-Airport-Fee-SimpleI’ve learned a lot from my father both personally and professionally. Having retired from UAL in 2002 after 37 years in the cockpit, I continue to enjoy listening to his stories relating to the Golden Age of Aviation, his numerous DC-8 charter flights to Vietnam, oil embargos, deregulation, hostile takeovers, Reagan’s firing of the air traffic controllers, pilot strikes, and the evolution from three-man cockpits and steam gauges to male/female crews of two and state-of-the-art “glass” avionics. But through all the stories and experiences he continues to share, there is one motif: The K.I.S.S Theory. Continue reading Part I: Aurora State Airport And The K.I.S.S Theory

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