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SilverWing at Sandpoint offers the very best in airpark living

hangar home with a Schweiss Bifold liftstrap door

It just doesn't get much better than this. SilverWing at Sandpoint fly-in airpark community is nestled between Schweitzer Ski Mountain and Lake Pend Oreille in Northern Idaho. The airpark community spans over 18 acres on the public Sandpoint Airport. (Photo by Jessica Ambats)

Most people in this world feel fortunate if they can wheel up to their driveway, push a button to make their garage door open and then enter into their home.

If you are among the even more fortunate or elite, you might have a hangar home at a scenic mountain airpark where you can taxi your aircraft into a hangar attached to your home.

hangar home with a Schweiss Bifold liftstrap door

A beautiful Kodiak airplane and SUV stand ready to venture to the great outdoors from their hangar home location at SilverWing at Sandpoint airpark. Behind them, the hangar has a Schweiss Bifold liftstrap door. (Photo by Jessica Ambats)

Such is the case at SilverWing at Sandpoint. This unique fly-in airpark community, set between Schweitzer Ski Mountain and Lake Pend Oreille, one of the West's largest lakes in northern Idaho, spans over 18 acres adjacent to the Sandpoint, Idaho public airport.

This airpark has been in development since land was purchased in 2007. Now, several years later, the airpark is ready for people to move in. The site has an exclusive prototype home for aviators and their families to see and building lots for sale. The development is comprised of 44 spacious lots and 10,000 square feet of community common area with a recreation center to include a pool, spa, exercise room and BBQ area.

SilverWing at Sandpoint is located near the shores of Lake Pend Oreille

SilverWing at Sandpoint is located near the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. The airpark has been in development since land was purchased and now has several homes and hangars there. (Photo courtesy of SilverWing at Sandpoint)

SilverWing at Sandpoint was designed for pilots and aviators with direct access to the Sandpoint Airport (SZT) in a beautifully landscaped airpark community. It offers a rare opportunity in aviation real estate.

Marc C. Lee, a writer for Plane&Pilot magazine described the airpark from a pilots point of view: "Sometimes it seems unfair that we pilots have more convenient access to the most beautiful spots in the world than ground-locked souls. There are places that beg to be explored by air, yet only a few of us get to witness the grandeur there just because we fly."

Sandpoint, Idaho, with a population of about 7,400 permanent residents, may not be a familiar name to many people east of the Mississippi River, but when you mention a city named Coeur d'Alene, most identify it as a beautiful city in northern Idaho. Sandpoint lies only 46 miles north of there, less than an hour drive and just 60 miles from the Canadian border.

SilverWing at Sandpoint allows owners the option to build either a hangar or a hangar-plus-residence on their own lot. Only a few of the lots that sit squarely on the west side of Runway One at Sandpoint Airport have been sold at this point. There are also two commercial lots available. Lot prices range from $100,000 and up depending on size and location. Sandpoint Airport is jet-capable and has a 75 x 5,500 foot runway and instrument approaches. Aircraft mechanics are available at the airport.

Two sets of Schweiss Bifold liftstrap doors, each 45 x 14

Two sets of Schweiss Bifold liftstrap doors, each 45' x 14' 9" are partially open at the model residence. The decorative cladding gives them a real designer door look. Aircraft owners living there can taxi their planes right to the hangar. (Photo by Josh Ivey)

"We have a 55x56 fully furnished model prototype twin hangar home built with an adjacent shell. That equates to over 3,000 sq. ft. for the hangar and 3,000 sq. ft. for the residence. We have potential buyers that can stay there overnight. This model is very popular. The way we built it, you wouldn't know it's a hangar, it's the biggest structure on the airport and very eye catching, everyone wants to see the model unit. The community is gated off the entrance to the road," said airpark developer, Michael Mileski.

Schweiss Bifold doors featuer remote openers and autolatching

With remote openers and autolatching features of Schweiss Bifold doors, a pilot doesn't have to leave the cockpit to open or close them. Bifold doors seal weathertight and can be wind loaded according to local or state specifications. (Photo by Jessica Ambats)

Mileski said a lot of thought went into choosing the 45' x 14' 9" doors for the hangar homes. "My partner did a lot of research and really the reason why we chose Schweiss was we liked the way Schweiss doors were made and the look was really beautiful. They were night and day compared to other doors we saw. The doors have lived up to their reputation, we've used them a lot for plane rental storage over the years and haven't had any problems with them at all. The pilots like them because the can get in and out of them quickly. We get nothing but compliments on the Schweiss doors," commented Mileski.

The widest and tallest hangars available vary according to the airpark footprint. Some of the lots are close to being a half acre or more. Out of the seven types of custom-designed models the biggest one we are allowed is a 70x75 ft. hangar door, maybe a little bigger. The runway can accommodate most jets and they can taxi into the airpark. Each of the fly-in units will contain a hangar on the ground floor and a residential space (either above or adjacent to the hangar) all ready for specific owner build out. The project allows users the unique opportunity to purchase fly-in units on fee simple land, which means they own both the structure and the land underneath.

Building plans offer five residence-style hangars and two commercial-style hangars; however, larger and custom designs are allowable. Owners can choose to utilize SilverWing-approved vendors for construction or use their own contractors. Shell and finish building prices are available upon request. Custom designed models range anywhere between 2,100 and 4,300 sq. ft. in a variety of colors, textures and architectural elements to choose from.

The city of Sandpoint is home to several excellent golf courses, nearby skiing, wineries and many more amenities. Pilots have access to the great outdoors through remote airstrips and float plane pilots have access to numerous remote lake opportunities. Idaho is home to one of the largest networks of public recreational airstrips in the nation. Just 25 miles south of Sandpoint is the Silverwood Theme Park which has over 65 rides, including four roller coasters, a water park, live entertainment and restaurants. Whether you enjoy the great outdoors for year-round activities or simply cherish one of America's best small town communities, SilverWing at Sandpoint has it all.

"The reason we chose Sandpoint, after doing a lot of research, was its location on a public airport, there are remote back country airstrips and incredible untouched surrounding wilderness. There's a great ski resort. The city of Sandpoint has everything you want and Lake Pend Oreille is there and property taxes are only 1 percent," noted Mileski. "We're looking forward to proceeding as planned. We have one mission in mind, to build the best and most unique fly-in community with the highest commitment to detail ever put forth towards an aviation development. This place is simply too precious to create anything less."

SilverWing at Sandpoint

SilverWing at Sandpoint is located at 1206 Spitfire Street, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864. They can be reached by calling 866-773-2366 or you can learn more about their site plan and what more is offered there by visiting their website at: www.silverwingatsandpoint.com

Nearby Sandpoint Airport is jet-capable and has a 75x5,500 ft. runway

Nearby Sandpoint Airport is jet-capable and has a 75x5,500 ft. runway and instrument approaches. This Piaggio aircraft fits nicely inside its hangar with room to spare for an automobile. The bifold door liftstraps and autolatch feature are visible on the door. (Photo courtesy of SilverWing at Sandpoint)

Hangar homes at SilverWing

Hangar homes at SilverWing at Sandpoint have living quarters with a beautiful view. Building plans offer five residence-style hangars and two commercial-style hangars. (Photo courtesy of Design Works)

aerial view of sandpoint Idaho airport

Sandpoint, Idaho airport is visible below and shows its 500 ft. runway. (Photo courtesy of SilverWing at Sandpoint)

SilverWing hangar homes feature open spacious floor plans

SilverWing homes feature spacious modern designs with open floorplans that allow for comftorable living. (Photo courtesy of Design Works)

Husky backcountry plane sits outside one of the beautiful hangar homes

A Husky backcountry plane sits outside one of the beautiful hangar homes at SilverWing at Sandpoint airpark community. The Schweiss bifold doors have decorative windows built into each one. (Photo by Jessica Ambats)

all kinds of aircraft from jets to prop planes make their home at SilverWing

A jet aircraft prepares to taxi to its SilverWing at Sandpoint hangar. The SilverWing development has most of its 44 exclusive lots still available, a recreation center with a pool, spa and exercise room are also on site. (Photo courtesy of Silverwing at Sandpoint)

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Well, it's all of the above for 62-year-old Daniel Shaw, a plumbing contractor at Geneva, Fla. Who has given new meaning to the term "hangar home." The structure is 50' wide x 60' deep x 30' tall, all metal/ However, a 45' x 15' Schweiss hydraulic door sporting a wrap-around porch with decorator railing, table and chairs, a "walk through" door with stylish window, and veranda "roof" gets your attention.
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Schweiss Hydraulic and Bifold Doors recently installed four new hydraulic doors at the Renville County Fairgrounds located in Bird Island, MN. The Renville County Board approached Schweiss looking for a way to open up the event building located at the county's fairgrounds. The event building is used to host live bands, beer gardens and public auctions by Henslin Auction Services. Hydraulic doors seemed like the perfect solution to open up the building and allow easy access to the building for large groups of people.
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We're no longer just selling iron. Today we're selling precision farming products and that requires special training of both our personnel and our farm customers," says Paal Haug, general manager of Haug Implement with stores at Willmar and Litchfield
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The creativity of customers continues to be a driving force for many manufacturers. Take for example North Star Imaging, Inc., a Rogers, Minnesota manufacturer of industrial x-ray systems which are enclosed by a radiation shielding cabinet and access door and used by manufacturing firms in the aerospace, military, automotive, medical device, electronics, even the genetic seed industry and many more.
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How do you make the loading dock area for your store secure, yet still easily accessible and stylish? This Target store in North Carolina found the answer with two 39' x 17' bifold gates for their loading area. Give us your idea and we will get you the door.
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What looked like a near impossible situation without some totally new engineering design instead turned out to be a remarkable solution to an extreme challenge. The challenge? How to fit a "roof door" over a 20' by 30' sandblasting chamber used by SMS Millcraft, Oil City, PA. This firm specializes in refurbishing component parts for various Pennsylvania steel mills.
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It is rare that an Air Tractor dealership changes hands. It cant be done without an approval from Air Tractor, Inc. This requirement became all too apparent to Bill Taylor of Farm Air in Fairfield Illinois. Bill was starting to think about retiring from the business he formed in 1976. Shortly after forming Farm Air, Bill saw a need for Air Tractors in the Midwest, and approached Air Tractor about becoming a dealer. Over thirty successful years later, Bill decided it was time to sell Farm Air with its Air Tractor dealership intact.
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This custom set of Schweiss Bifold Doors was the perfect solution to provide a unique dining experience for this restaurant's patio bar customers.
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