DeLand’s Sport Aviation Village will be a premier location for manufacturers of recreational aircraft and related components. Already a major commerce center for the parachute industry and home to some of the world’s largest producers of sport parachutes, MT Propellers USA, and more, DeLand Municipal Airport will create a similar center for recreational aircraft manufacturers, dealers, and owners.
Phase One of the DeLand Sport Aviation Village, to be located on the east side of the airfield, will include 6 commercial-use hangars with offices along with 21 T-hangars and storage facilities. Beyond that, the Village will expand through several planned phases, each designed to support manufacturers, dealers, builders, and operators of recreational and light-sport aircraft. It will also host educational and training programs. Phase One construction began with a groundbreaking ceremony just prior to the 2017 Showcase. Ground clearing is underway and the infrastructure bid has been awarded. Future occupants will begin building hangars this spring.
A later phase of planned airport improvements will include a welcome center, offices, museum, and public parking lot, with portions of the Sport Aviation Village open and accessible to the public. Aviation enthusiasts, would-be-builders, and student groups will be welcome to visit and learn about the exciting world of recreational aircraft and flying for fun.
Knowing that collaboration and economies of scale can be valuable to aircraft builders, the Sport Aviation Village is being designed to provide a number of individual hangars configured as a cluster. In other phases of construction, these units will be grouped around a centralized facility able to provide hazardous operations support, which could include fuel transfer, welding, torch cutting, torch soldering, doping, and aircraft painting. Additionally, this centralized facility will house specialized equipment that an aircraft builder would need, thereby reducing barriers to aircraft builders.
We invite you to visit DeLand Municipal Airport and learn more about our commitment to sport aviation!