Schweiss was chosen to build custom-made residential hydraulic doors for the residents hangar homes. See how they add an elite touch to the community!
An Airpark Community
According to Aero Country East Developer and pilot Mike Shell, Texas has very few aviation lifestyle communities and likely none with the first-class atmosphere of Aero Country East.
The concept of airparks isn’t anything new — they can be found all over the country and even the world. Aero Country East has taken the concept of airparks one step further. This community is an airpark that was designed by pilots and is located in the North Dallas Metroplex. They offer a maintenance-free aviation lifestyle community with relaxing country club level amenities.
Aero Country East is just 15 nautical miles northeast of the north Dallas area, and sits within the city limits of McKinney, Texas. It provides several pilots with the convenience of airport access — handy for those who commute in and out of Dallas.
The country club offers a total of 39 completely customizable elite townhomes on site. Buyers have the option to design the interior of their townhomes exactly to their liking.
After a long, hot Texas day, residents and their families can cool off in the beautiful pool which is noticeable by air with the large Aero Country East logo imprinted inside of it.
Pool Features include:
- Three swim-up tables inside the pool
- Umbrellas to provide shade
- A large 14 person hot tub
- Firepit & two barbecue grills
- Full ADA access accommodates those with disabilities
Inside the beautiful, gated airport sits swimming pools, barbecue grills and two 18-hole golf courses.
Community Experience Combined With Aviation Lifestyle
Owner Mike Shell wants to bring the best experience to pilots at Aero Country East.
“We have the best Rolls Royce engine mechanic in the world here…You also don’t see very many airports with swimming pools, barbecue grills, golf carts and two 18-hole golf courses that residents can access by golf cart. Every airport has a mission and purpose that fits the needs of the pilot. Aero Country East has a concierge service – if you want your plane fueled or floor cleaned we will do that for you. We fit the aviation lifestyle,” – Mike Shell, Developer at Aero Country East
Aero County East puts the community first. They often help boy scouts get their aviation badge, and encourage them to become future pilots. Committed to aviation, Shell’s goal is to get more young people into aviation.
Aero County East is a busy place — it has two fly-ins a year, bringing pilots in from all directions.As for competition, Shell says:
“Municipal airports are supported by tax revenue. They don’t want Stearmans or Pipers, they are looking for corporate jets. We don’t compete with these airports, we fill a need for people coming out to enjoy aviation. We get along nicely with the municipal airports around here.”
So Where Do the Planes Stay?
A brand new 3,000 ft. x 60 ft. runway and 1,104 ft. grass runway equipped with LED windsocks accommodates various piston and turbine aircraft. If you make it to Aero Country East, keep an eye out for T-6 “Texans,” Stearmans, Pipers and other varieties of aircraft landing on the runway. If you look closely, you’ll also see that all of the gorgeous aircraft hangars are outfitted with Schweiss hydraulic doors!
79 top-notch hangars line the runway and await pilots with ample room for aircraft storage. 40 aircraft are currently housed in the Aero Country East hangars while the nearby west side airport houses an additional 120.
Shell originally came to discover Schweiss bifold and hydraulic hangar doors through his friend Dwayne Clemens at Stearman Field in Benton, Kansas. Once chosen for the job, Schweiss worked closely with Shell to design the ideal residential hydraulic doors for the aircraft hangars in the community. Shell saw firsthand what our customer service is all about:
“I’ve gotten calls from Schweiss Doors, they pay attention to detail. I’ve made mistakes when it comes to certain windows or measurements, etcetera, which the guys at the Schweiss factory have caught because they know what we are building now. They’ll call me and say ‘Hey Mike, did you mean to do that, or do you really want to do this?’ They have been a true joy to work with,”
Schweiss Hydraulic Door Details
- Schweiss hydraulic hangar doors meet architectural requirements for the hangars
- All of the doors at Aero County East are styled identically, adding uniformity to the complex
- Townhomes are built around an all-steel 60 ft. x 60 ft. pre-plumbed hangar fitted completed with a Schweiss Hydraulic Door
- Hangar garages are outfitted with elevators and stairs to take residents to their comfortable townhomes
- Some residents choose to build in beautiful granite floors, bars, and other amenities for entertaining
- Hangars are fitted with electricity — one resident added a first-class kitchen and theater in their hangar!
- Corner lots can offer a spacious 160,000 sq. ft, while interior lots have a suitable 135,000 sq. ft.
Location & Future of Aero Country East
Quite a bit of planning went into selecting the final location of Aero Country East. One concept that played into location planning was the fact that many small airports had closed or downsized for various reasons. Aero Country East found a way to provide a unique and privately owned, high-class aviation lifestyle community enabling it to thrive in the niche market.
Since the groundbreaking ribbon cutting ceremony on August 17, 2010, Aero Country East has taken large strides, but is only just getting started. A six-phase plan will add an additional 40,888 acres to the current 17,305 acres it stands on now. Improvements for the future include further landscape and stormwater improvements, and the addition of shops and restaurants.
For more information on Aero Country East, call them at (972) 854-2000.
For Information on how our unique Schweiss Hydraulic Doors played an important role in securing these aviation hangars contact us today!