Have airplane, will fly! One of the taglines spoken in our house often.
Did you know that if you want to live with your plane you totally can!? Fun family fact about us is that we live on an airfield. That's right, our back yard is an airport. I get asked alot about how living on the airfield works for us, so I thought I would take some time to write about it. Just like every decision you make for your family, you have to do what best suits your lifestyle and budget for the expenses accordingly. For us this couldn't be more perfect!
Is this really an affordable lifestyle? You bet!! You don't have to be rich to have a plane. Like I said above it's all about your lifestyle and your budget. For about the cost of a limited edition F-150 pickup or top of the line mini van you could become the owner of your own plane. Do you have to live on an airfield, of course not, but it is definitely an added bonus!
There are a few major reasons why we decided on airpark living and investing into an airplane...
1. I married a pilot, and operating our own aircraft was one of those things we had on our list of goals as a family.
2. It can be a time saver and a money saver to fly your own plane on trips, especially if you tend to take short notice trips like us.
3. Flying in your own plane is such a different experience than flying commercial.
4. Let's face it, flying is FUN!
Our kids (19 months and 4 years) have been flying since they were 6 weeks old and absolutely love it! There is no dress code for flying, as you can see below, even Cinderella can be the pilot in command! ;)
The airfield we live on is at Fort Clark Springs in Brackettville, Texas (74TX)...a couple of hours West of San Antonio, Texas. We are a private restricted field with two runways, one with 3,000 usable feet that is maintained regularly and one with about 1,500 usable feet. Both are hard packed caliche and grass.
Fort Clark Springs is a deactivated Army fort turned gated community. There are so many amenities here, and of course the airfield is one of them. You can read more about it here Fort Clark Springs.
We fly a 1952 Cessna 170B and 1966 Piper Twin Comanche.
I don't like to make New Year resolutions, but I like making goals for myself. A goal I have for myself this year is to blog more about our little adventures, and of course showcasing the awesome photos I take along the way. What good is the love of flight if you don't share it, right?!
We try to get out and do something a couple of times a month in the plane. Some trips are longer than others, but all of them are so much fun!!
If there are certain questions you would like answered or want for me to write about a specific type of trip, please message me or comment below!