Living: Home Is Where the Hangar Is

Air parks have become a way of life for private-plane owners

For most people, living close to an airport can be nightmarish, a constant affliction of screaming jet engines and shuddering vibration as huge airliners pass overhead. To a special few, a home beside an airport runway is the realization of a cherished dream. These people own their own planes and dwell in "air parks," residential communities organized around a private airstrip, accessible from nearly every home. Residents can park their planes in their front yards or in hangars—some of them two-plane models—adjacent to...

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