In case you, love many others, bear in mind been captivated by the summer 2022 blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick, and you’re a rental buff love we’re, you are going to’ve seen one moderately chilly element in the film. Maverick, done by Tom Cruise, lives in the airplane-lover’s dream residence: an airplane hangar the place he additionally parks his classic World Battle II airplane. (Stress-free truth: that P-51 Mustang undoubtedly belongs to Cruise, who earned his pilot’s license after filming the usual 1986 Top Gun.)
But is residing in an airplane hangar undoubtedly possible? Yes—nonetheless there are caveats.
“The challenges of constructing a dwell-work hangar all stem around local zoning codes,” says architect James McGarry, who designed a dwell-work hangar known as the Banman Hangar in Ventura County, California. Because that mission is hooked as a lot as a runt, deepest suburban airport, the local zoning authorized pointers labored in his prefer.
A dwell-work hangar residence known as the Bangar Hangar designed by architect James McGarry.
The larger hurdle is the guidelines assign by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). “Federally funded and regulated airports attain no longer enable hangars to be residences,” says McGarry. On condition that more than 1,000 airportsbear in mind been granted funding by the FAA in 2022, that eliminates moderately about a alternatives for a hangar residence.
The professional FAA policy on non-aeronautical hangar exhaust, nonetheless, consist of about a residential exceptions. Severely, far away airports might per chance bear in mind an “on-airport field for a rotund-time airport supervisor, watchman, or airport operations employees.”
And then there’s this grey place in the policy: “The FAA differentiates between a typical pilot resting facility or aircrew quarters versus a hangar field or hangar residence. The passe are designed for exhaust for overnight and/or resting lessons for aircrew, and no longer as a permanent and even immediate-term field.”
So, technically, a pull-out sofa, a mini fridge, and a TV might also very successfully be acceptable below FAA guidelines. Some anecdotal proof exists to counsel that some pilots might per chance toe the toll road between a field and a resting facility of their hangars, nonetheless they likely are, if you happen to’ll pardon the pun, flying below the radar so to establish up far off from undesirable attention and investigation by the FAA.
“Or no longer it’s love if you happen to are a pro surfer, and you are going to prefer a rental stunning to your well-liked seashore.”
Luckily for wannabe Mavericks, there’s a truly upright manner to dwell in an airplane hangar—and it’s moderately a authorized one. All throughout the United States are a complete bunch of residential airparks or fly-in communities designed for pilots who need easy flying accumulate admission to. A number of of the properties internal these communities bear in mind constructed-in hangars, whereas others bear in mind level-headed ones on their property. But the excellent element is every of those airparks has a runway, which presents pilots practically limitless accumulate admission to to the skies.
“The community—they power around on golf carts, they in most cases discuss about airplanes. On the weekends, airplanes are taking off and coming in. These guys esteem this standard of living,” says aviation staunch estate specialist Erik McCormick, who operates a quantity of businesses revolving around airparks. “Or no longer it’s love if you happen to are a pro surfer, and you are going to prefer a rental stunning to your well-liked seashore.”
These forms of airparks are dinky, neutral two properties and a gravel runway, whereas others bear in mind dozens and even a complete bunch of properties and world-class aviation facilities. Neat Creek in Florida, for instance, has more than 1,300 properties (though no longer all are stunning hangar properties), plus a non-public paved runway; its own golf direction, tennis courts, and pickleball courts; and noteworthy of social golf equipment for residents to hitch.
Exterior glimpse of the Bangar Hangar by architect James McGarry.
Pricing for dwell-in hangar properties varies greatly. Scrolling via some listings in McCormick’s Aviation Staunch Property Digital Journal, it’s possible you’ll per chance well likely rep a 3,600-sq.-foot hangar in Texas with a one-mattress, one-bathtub rental internal it listed at $3,450 per thirty days, as successfully as a three-mattress room, six-bathtub estate in Colorado with a separate 3,233-sq.-foot hangar that’s promoting for $5.5 million. For many hangar residence patrons, imprint is now not in fact in most cases an venture. “On the total it’s their 2nd or third and even their fifth residence, they in most cases neutral prefer it,” says McCormick.
Whereas it makes most sense for hangar residence patrons to undoubtedly own a airplane and be in a location to fly it, non-pilot die-arresting Top Gun fans might per chance additionally dwell out their handiest Maverick dreams, too.
Stefanie Waldek is a Brooklyn-essentially based completely mostly author covering structure, develop, and scoot. She’s labored on employees at Architectural Digest, ARTnews, and Oyster.com, a TripAdvisor firm, and has contributed to Condé Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, Bear Milk, and Hunker, among others. When she’s no longer dreaming about midcentury chairs, it’s possible you’ll per chance well likely rep her re-observing The X-Recordsdata, likely in an airport lounge or on a airplane.