In July 2008, my family and I moved to the Pittsburgh area. My day job is working as a Principal Engineer for Exponent (http://www.Exponent.com). As part of that job, I travel extensively, and GA is one way to help my clients and have fun at the same time.
I own two twin cessnas, and I hold an A&P license with an IA. I like to work on my airplanes as a hobby.
When I moved to the area, I had planned to bring my aircraft, tools, etc. to the local area. I found that there was no hangar space available at all, let alone one that would fit even one of my aircraft and tools. I put myself on hangar waiting lists at various local airports within a 50 or so mile radius of Pittsburgh and periodically checked back.
At the end of 2009, having not had any success with finding hangars, and with my airplanes still in CA, I began trying to find an airport that would let me build my own. Although I did not find one that would let me put up an individual hangar for myself, Zelienople Municipal Airport had a General Aviation area planned as part of their master plan for the airport, and they expressed interest in allowing development to proceed.
I hypothesized that if I was having a hard time finding an available hangar, then it was likely that other people were as well. Since that time, I have been pursuing a plan that would see the GA ramp at Zelienople developed in one or more phases. After researching to check the demand and find out what features aircraft owners wanted, I decided to pursue building hangars at Zelienople. It has taken longer than I wanted, but I have a ground lease at the airport, and hangars have being constructed.
If you have any questions or comments, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
C. Dennis Moore