The 11th Annual Wings Over Big South Fork Air & Car Show is just around the corner! This event has turned into one of the most spectacular events in Big South Fork country, with an annual attendance of over 6,000. The air show will take place in the afternoon with fighter jets, war birds and stunt planes. There will be plenty of food, fun, games and local bluegrass! Bring your folding chairs and the entire family to the 11th Annual Wings Over Big South Fork Air & Car Show on Saturday, September 6, 2014. BSF Airpark will be giving guided tours of the development during the air show. Bring the entire family, have fun at the air show and see the airpark!
The completion of the 91,404 square foot taxiway opens the door on true Airpark living. Aviation enthusiasts have the exclusive opportunity to live in a custom quality home with their plane and hangar in their own backyard. Imagine living with your plane with unfettered, private around the clock access, right at your home!
We have a limited number of taxiway homesites that can accommodate hangars on the property or on an adjacent lot depending on the particular homesite. Our custom homebuilders work with residents to design a unique custom home and hangar package, so that you are able to live with your plane. Click here to learn more
Homesite 39 is a beautiful and spacious 1.6-acre homesite with direct access to the expansive BSF horse trails. All “T” hangars are 41.5′ wide, 36′ long and 12′ high with overhead bi-fold doors and direct access to the runway. Due to high demand we recently expanded our apron to access additional hangars. There are a limited quantity of hangars available for this promotion. Personal hangers normally start at $95,000. Offer expires September 1, 2014.
Big South Fork Airpark will once again be an exhibitor at this year’s EAA Air Venture at Oshkosh. We are looking forward to watching the U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds make history by performing their first full show performance in Oshkosh. This is a great event for the entire family, featuring all kinds of planes including warbirds, vintage, homebuilts, ultralights, aerobatics, and much more! Hope to see you there, come see us at booth 4068.
The Airpark is booming with new construction, and we are so excited to welcome new families and for our current residents to expand. We would like to welcome the Cencula’s from Ohio, who recently purchased homesite 45. We are also happy to congratulate all our residents that are currently building or adding to their dream homes: the Lacher Family – Homesite 101, the Niles Family – homesite 9, the Vezina Family – homesite 47, the Dillman Family – homesite 3 and the Montgomery Family – homesite 7, and the Rogers Family – homesite T8. Contact Bill Armstrong to book a tour to see all that has changed! Contact Bill
Fly-in airparks began as remote small neighborhoods with grass strips, have now developed into luxury fly-in developments with first class amenities and paved runways. Located in East Tennessee, Big South Fork Airpark has a 5,500 ft. lighted paved runway with 4 instrument approaches and an on-site maintenance facility, an equestrian center, a community center and direct access to the 125,000 acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area with its forests, gorges and sandstone bluffs.
Like other luxury real estate developments, airparks took a big hit during the recent real estate crisis. This decrease impacted most airparks, with some closing their doors for good. The decrease in sales was also impacted by a decline in the number of active private and recreational pilots, due to the rising price of fuel, small planes and insurance. According to WSJ.com, “In the past year, as the economy has recovered, and with an effort by pilot associations and airplane makers to revive private flying, has helped demand.“ The airparks that prevailed were all well established with underground utilities and infrastructures were able to ride out the storm. We are now seeing exceptional growth, and new interest in aviation lifestyle. Big South Fork Airpark has been fortunate and there has been a need for many development updates in the past year including: new roads and underground utilities, a 91,404 square foot taxiway expansion, a new 46,656 square-foot north side aircraft apron and new construction of private residences.
Why live in an Airpark? From WSJ.com “Ask anyone why they live in an air park and the responses are always the same. Residents love airplanes and want to be around airports. When your plane is in your hangar, it’s easy to take it out for weekends instead of spending time driving to and from an airport. Airpark residents’ brag about short trips to beaches that would be a 10-hour drive from their homes, and nightly jaunts to restaurants hundreds of miles away. People even commute to work by planes and helicopters, taxing into their private hangars at the end of the day.” The atmosphere of an Airpark is infectious; everyone has shared interests and immediate connections. People are not just building their dream homes, but also making life long friends.
Source: wsj.com, “Living in Luxury Air Park”, June 5th, 2014
Regina Santore, Realtor at Coldwell Banker Wallace and Wallace Realtors in Knoxville, said the area is attracting retirees from all over the country, including some who’ve just read about it. Others had visited before to go to a college football game (Knoxville is home to the the University of Tennessee). But people have come from places such as New York City, Ohio and Maryland.
Lots of festivals, including the Big Ears Music Festival, which Rolling Stone magazine called the most ambitious and avant-garde festival to emerge in the last decade. Then there’s the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Opera, art galleries, food and wine and shopping.
She compares the feel of downtown Knoxville’s urban landscape to South Philadelphia. “Downtown Knoxville is actually pretty small, but it is extremely walkable,” she says. “It’s very friendly.” And there are things like an English pub and a new Scottish pub. “In the last five years it has become a very obvious destination place for casual dining,” she says.
Oh, and there’s the largest fireworks display in the Southeast on Labor Day. And easy access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Santore says retirees are moving into condominiums in converted warehouses. Prices average $300,000 for a two-bedroom, two-bath condo.
Jane Lester, soon to be 88, and her husband, now deceased, moved to downtown Knoxville 11 years ago from Maine to be closer to her son. The big attraction now is that the downtown is so safe and she loves to walk. “One of the big attractions is I am able to walk to restaurants, and walk to library (where she volunteers) and walk to church,” she says.
Hiking— Hundreds of miles of trails greet hikers in the Big South Fork NRRA.
Biking — Mountain biking is an expanding sport in the Big South Fork NRRA.
Horseback Riding — From the Big South Fork NRRA to the North Cumberland WMA, equestrian riders will find expansive trail-riding opportunities.
ATV Riding — Brimstone and the North Cumberland WMA are recognized as a couple of the top ATV destinations in the nation.
Whitewater Rafting — The Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries are one of the top whitewater destinations in the Southeast.
Fishing — Smallmouth, musky and walleye await in the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River.
Hunting — Hunt deer, turkey, elk and wild boar in Scott County.
Wildlife Viewing— Elk, black bear, bald eagles and warbler songbirds are among the wildlife found in Scott County.
Karl and Connie Rogers have broken ground for their new Taxiway hangar . The hangar will have two bi-fold doors, siding and stacked stone to match the house and a carousel built into the floor to turn their airplane inside the hangar. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Donald at chris@carolinacontractorsinc.