Home Field Advantage
Home Is Where Your Plane Is
WOOSTER, Ohio — Mark Scheibe grew up at an airfield. On a clear day from 2,500 feet above, you can still see his childhood home and the heated hangar on the airport that bears his family’s name, Scheibe Field Airport (OI55).
His father’s airfield is a prequel to his current passion, a 125-acre farm near Wooster that Scheibe is transforming into Mohican Airpark (34OI), a community for airplane enthusiasts.
Scheibe will live on the property, which currently has two runways, hangers and plenty of lots for sale.
“I’ve always lived with my planes,” said Scheibe. “My father had a [Piper] Cub when I was growing up. It’s always been a dream of mine to develop a flying community.”
In 1994, Scheibe graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance.
“I Didn’t Know How I Was Going To Get There.”
“In my last technical report writing class [in college], I chose to write my report on a career in restoring planes and developing an airpark,” said Scheibe. “It’s funny because I knew what I wanted to do, but didn’t know how I was going to get there.” He then moved back to Ohio and started “Wings Over Wooster,” an aircraft restoration and maintenance service.
For years, Scheibe worked on airplanes at the farm, which included a small, privately owned airstrip, near his hometown of Wooster. Because of the farm’s location, he kept asking the owner to sell him the property. In 2005, the owner did. Since then, Scheibe has built a home, added a new hanger and created a numberswiki.com
new, longer runway.
Unlike his father’s airfield, which had a 1,200-foot grass runway that could only accommodate short-field airplanes, Scheibe lengthened Mohican’s original grass airstrip from 2,300-feet to 2,950-feet to accommodate a wider variety of private aircraft. He also added runway lights for safety.
Custom Homes With A View (Of The Runway)
Scheibe is selling lots along the runway; the locations will allow future owners to taxi their airplanes right out of their own backyards and hanger. Most, like Scheibe’s custom home will have a perfect view of the runway.
Ed Faught purchased the first Mohican Airpark lot two years ago. Although he isn’t ready to move onto the property, he visits his hanger about four to five times a week. He said it’s fun to come to the Airpark grounds and talk with other flying enthusiasts. He has always wanted a big hanger, and now he has a place to store all of his aircraft.
Scheibe has more plans for the airpark, including building a new road that would create space for 17 more properties. And he’s currently building a hanger with a 52-foot door to accommodate a larger plane. While his dream of owning an airpark has certainly taken off – like every pilot, he has a few others. One is to someday own a Beechcraft Model 18. Another is to enjoy flying it at the airpark, when more aviators and their families have settled in to living their own aviation dreams.
After a day at Mohican Airpark, Jennifer Shore, “Believes in the rush of flying into open air and sky”. She is a magazine journalism major at Kent State University.