A residential airpark (also spelled air park) is also referred to as a "fly-in community". The word can also refer to a community specifically designed around an airport where the residents each would own their own airplane which they park in their hangar usually attached to the home or integrated into their home. The residential airpark or fly-in community features one or more runways with homes adjacent to the runway. Many fly-in communities feature a variety of amenities, such as golf course, equestrian facilities and more. Residential airparks or fly-in communities are usually privately owned and restricted to use by the property owners and their invited guests. Most do not include commercial operations or businesses. The communities have also become a niche real estate market, with some firms dedicated solely to these developments.
Ideas for airparks existed as early as 1944. However, the first airpark was Sierra Sky Park in Fresno, California, established in 1946. The Living With Your Plane Association estimates that there are at least 426 residential airparks in the United States. Florida is estimated to have 52 airparks, followed by Washington with 50, California with 28, and Oregon with 23.
Some notable airparks
- Calgary/Okotoks Air Park (Calgary, Alberta)
- Zandspruit Bush & Aero Estate (Hoedspruit, Limpopo)
- Pegasus Airpark (Queen Creek, Arizona)
- Carmel Valley Airport (Carmel Valley, California)
- Cameron Airpark (Cameron Park, California)
- Sierra Sky Park Airport (Fresno, California)
- Pine Mountain Lake Airport (Groveland, California)
- Ridge Landing Airpark (Frostproof, Florida)
- Spruce Creek Airport (Port Orange, Florida)
- Greystone Airport / Jumbolair Aviation Estates (Ocala, Florida)
- Independence State Airport (Independence, Oregon)
- Big South Fork Airpark (Oneida, Tennessee)
- Dry Creek Airport (Houston, Texas)
- Frontier Airpark (Marysville, Washington)
- "Aviation Country Clubs Planned". Aviation News. Vol. 1, no. 37. McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. 10 April 1944. p. 11. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
- Parquette, Larry (2001-06-01). "50-Year Flight Of Fancy". Plane & Pilot Magazine. Werner Publishing Corporation. Archived from the original on 2006-10-18. Retrieved 2019-12-18.
Sierra Sky Park, the first-ever residential airpark, was born.
- Whitely, Peyton (January 29, 2003). "Pilots' paradise: These neighbors never have the hassle of driving to the airport". The Seattle Times. p. H22. Retrieved April 23, 2017.