The Fly-in Community of Pegasus

by Engineer Designer on February 15, 2014

Pegasus Airpark is located just southeast of Phoenix Arizona. It is near many fascinating areas of the United States including Meteor Crater, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and Sedona. All these are within a couple hours flying time from the Airpark. Pegasus Airpark is unique in the fact that the taxiways and the roadways for cars are separate. This is because many of the lots do not support hangers but have access of the condominium hangers at the FBO which is on the field. For many, this is just as good as having a hangar right on one's own property.  In such cases the airplane is within walking distance and the owner still has the advantages of a smaller living unit smaller property - and less maintenance. pegasus approach Though it appears that the original development has sold out there are many properties available for resale and you can find more about it by visiting the website at The community has a 5000 foot long by 60 foot wide runway. Home sites range from 1 to 1.3 acres. It is in a mountain area and relatively close to Phoenix. Even so, it maintains the charm of a country location and is separate from the hustle and bustle of a larger city. A many fly in communities around the country do not have an FBO for gasoline available for the residents In these cases the folks have to fly out to find fuel or they choose to store it in private facilities at her own homes. Pegasus Airpark has an FBO and sells gasoline at an excellent price for members. There is a Residential Homeowners Association which maintains the private roads as well as the very well landscaped entry into the neighborhood. Pegasus Airpark is a gated community. All lot owners are required to belong to the Residential Association as well as the Flight Association. There are Architectural Guidelines which is published which has the intention of enhancing architectural richness while allowing projects to stay within budget. The guidelines address elements like massing, differentiation of plate lines and ridge lines, diverse and interesting roof designs as well as addressing entries, windows, porch design and exterior materials. It is one of the more detailed architectural guidelines that I’ve seen in my experience and shows an heightened interest in maintaining excellent minimum standards for the homes that are being built in the neighborhood. Hangers may be designed connected to the house or can be constructed as separate building. Flat roofs are acceptable as long as there is some sort of parapet to the hide the fact. pagasus (1) One interesting factor is that there is a diagram which shows the sunrise and sunset angles relative to the runway and the taxi way orientations. It is a good idea, on a hangar home, to try to avoid a western exposed hangar doors. This can really make the hangar hot in the afternoons with direct sun beating on the door. It appears, here, that a large portion of the lots available on this property will have north or south orientations which tends to work out very nicely. pagasus (3) Overall, this is a very well designed and well thought out fly-in community with excellent architectural standards, great location, and full of excellent amenities that would make this an excellent choice for living with your airplane. It is especially a great place for those who have a desire to live in the West - with all its magical qualities. pagasus (2)

Hidden Valley Airpark in North Texas

by Engineer Designer on February 15, 2014

Hidden Valley Airpark is located just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area in northern Texas. It sports a 2650’ x 35’ asphalt runway and has a 500 foot overrun on the south and. The CTAF  is 122.9 and this frequency also acts as the switch to turn on the runway lighting. In case of IFR weather the airport is only 8 miles West- Northwest of the Denton municipal Airport which has a full IFR landing system. Hidden Valley From the Air . The community has 125+ sites of which, as of this writing in early 2014, 17 are currently available for sale. It is a gated community with over 100 acres of common area. It's 25 minutes north of the Dallas Fort Worth airport in near Denton Texas. This community is actually in the town of Shady Shores and given its  country location has property taxes lower than surrounding cities. It’s near restaurants and shopping and within 2 miles of a 27,000 acre lake called Lake Lewisville. All lots are one acre plus and many have trees. The neighborhood has been here for about 40 years and has construction dating from as recently as one year ago. For those with horses, there is a 25 acre horse pasture and a set of stables on the property. As is common in many many flying communities, the airplanes and cars share the same roads/taxiways. This is easy to manage with a simple rule that airplanes always have right-of-way. The runway is centrally located to the neighborhood and is buffered from the various homes. I have looked at many of the homes in the area and can tell you that this is a neighborhood of diverse architecture which is a definite plus point for any looking to get away from the typical boxy homes. Homes range in style from stone two-story, to contemporary, to very simple one-story structures. According to their website, hangers may be on the property with the home or may be placed in common areas. This community has been around since 1965 - one of the the more mature communities of its kind in the county. It began with a 600 foot above sea level grass strip which was used by an individual in his aerial photography business. Since then, the neighborhood has grown to some 90 families and only 2 of the original founders are still associated with the property. While starting out with approximately 10 acres today there are over 300 acres that are owned by the Hidden Valley Airpark Association. All in all, this is an excellent community which has  matured into a well designed, well managed Airpark. It is uniquely located near the fast-paced metropolis of Dallas-Fort Worth but is far enough away to have the advantages of a small town. Fly-in communities are unique, when compared with any other kinds of neighborhoods in the country, with a shared camaraderie and a shared love for a single passion of aviation. Even the most divergent set of people find common ground and common interests and friendship aligned around this common interest. If you are considering where to set up house with your airplane, you should check out Hidden Valley. Their website is

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Piney Creek Airpark

by Engineer Designer on February 8, 2014

Piney Creek Airpark is a residential aviation community located in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee. It is located in the largest remaining forest and plateau in the continental United States. piney creek overview It consists of a 303 acre residential development, surrounded by a hardwood forest, centered around a 3000’ x 50’ wide paved, private runway with an additional thousand feet of cleared area on either end. There’s a three-quarter mile private road which meanders to the property. The home sites are naturally wooded and range in size from 2 to 6 acres.Piney creek layout It is near South Cumberland State Recreation Area and one is in the midst of the activities and excitement that can only be found in this part of the United States. The area surrounding the Piney Creek Airpark is rich with history and tradition. There are dozens of waterfalls, hundreds of miles of hiking and backtracking trails (70 miles of which are in the South Cumberland State Recreation Area), caves, historic towns and even is near a quaint English village and one of the best liberal arts colleges in the United States. Lots each will  have their own well sporting clean, cool mountain water. Electric and phone lines (including high-speed Internet) are all underground. Further information can be obtained by visiting the website:  and by contacting the developer at 877-835-9722. piney creek rw looking west As one who loves the mountains in the Tennessee and North Carolina area, I was struck by the beauty of this Airpark. It is nestled among the hills and the beautiful settings of the Appalachian Mountains and if you have a hankering to live in that area, this would be a beautiful choice.