When she was 8 years old, Laura Lyne’s father bought a small airplane to fly himself to business appointments. By the time she turned 17 and had her own pilot’s license she had seen more of the world than many American girls, having flown with her father, McKinley Conway, across the Americas.
“We went into big cities and little cities, really dots on the map,” Ms. Lyne, now 71, said.
Soon, Ms. Lyne was her father’s co-pilot and they shared not just a love of flying but an affection for golf. They played at the courses they discovered as they traveled and kept a log of out-of-the-way airfields they visited. In the late ’60s, Mr. Conway had his big idea to turn an unused military airfield near Daytona Beach, Fla., into Spruce Creek, a fly-in community with homes, businesses, golf courses and parks all situated around the runway.
“The idea you could taxi your plane to your house appealed to him immensely,” Ms. Lyne said.
Decades later, Mr. Conway’s vision has been realized in dozens of residential communities in North America, Europe and Australia, only a few include golf courses. At those that do, homeowners like Jim and Kathy Stone taxi their planes to their backyard hangars and drive their golf carts to the greens.
“We drive our golf carts 98 percent of the time,” Mr. Stone, a retired UPS pilot, said of his life at Spruce Creek, envisioned first by Mr. Conway so many years ago.
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