Q: Do I have to own an aircraft to live at Stearman Estates:
A: No, owning an aircraft is not a requirement to live here.
Q: Do I have a deadline on when I have to build my house?
A: No. Even though we'd love to see the neighborhood grow, we understand that some owners have other plans and we respect that.
Q: Is there a minimum square footage for homes?
A: 1,800 sq ft is the minimum for the main level of a house.
Q: Do I have to build a hangar when I build my house?
A: No. If you choose not to build a hangar right away, we recommend you plan your home site with construction of a future hangar in mind.
Q: Is there square footage requirements on Hangars?
A: Detached hangars shall be no smaller than 2,000 sq ft and no larger than 4,000 sq ft. Hangars attached to the house have no Minimum or Maximum sq footage requirements.
Q: Is there a Home Owners Association? If so, what are the dues?
A: There is a Home Owners Association (HOA) but there have not been any dues assessed to date. Common Areas at Stearman Estates were designed to keep maintenance and upkeep costs to a minimum.
Q: Is the Water on a well or public system?
A: Public Water is provided by Rural Water District #5.
Q: What type of Sewer System is used?
A: The City of Benton provides the Sewer System. Lagoons and Septic Systems are not permitted.
Q: Are all Utilities in place?
A: All Utilities are underground and in place. They include Natural Gas, Electric, Public Water, City Sewer, Cox Cable and AT&T.
Q: Where do we get mail?
A: Cluster Mail Boxes are located inside the Gate House at the Main Entrance.
Q: Is Stearman Estates a retirement community?
A: Stearman Estates is not a retirement community but a diverse community with families young and old co-existing as in any other community. Our demographics are comprised of a broad range of ages and professions.
Q: Who maintains the streets?
A: The streets are private and not for public access and are maintained by the HOA. Streets are constructed of six inch concrete on top of six inch rock base to help keep maintenance costs down.
Q: How do I get to Stearman Estates?
A: Take a look at our Contact page for a Google map and a VFR Sectional.
Q: How far is Wichita from Stearman Estates?
A: East Wichita where all types of restaurants and shopping venues can be found is approximately 13 minutes away. Downtown Wichita where Century II Convention Center, Intrust Bank Arena, Old Town and restaurants and businesses of all kinds are located, is approximately 20 minutes. Drive another 5-10 minutes west and you'll be at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (KICT). Andover Kansas, a growing suburb of Wichita is only 6-8 minutes south of Stearman Estates and offers many of the same amenities as Wichita.
Q: Is Stearman Field a Publicly Owned Airport? If so, do I need to worry about "Through-The-Fence" Access and enter into an Agreement with the FAA?
A: Stearman Field Airport is a privately owned public use airport that receives no Federal money or assistance from the FAA. This means there are no FAA "through-the-fence" issues or regulations to contend with. Stearman Field has an agreement with Stearman Estates giving residents continuous access to Stearman Field.
Q: Is the airport runway open year round?
A: Yes. 24/7/365.
Q: How are the Runway Lights turned on/off?
A: Low Intensity Runway Lights (LIRL) are continuously on from Sunset to Sunrise. Medium Intensity Runway Lights (MIRL) can be activated between Sunset and Sunrise by clicking CTAF (123.075) 5 times. MIRLs remain on for approximately 20 minutes then return to LIRLs.
Q: Are there Airport fees at Stearman Estates?
A: The Airport collects a maintenance fee of $50.00 per month from homeowners who keep an airplane or airplanes in their hangar. If you do not keep an airplane/s in your hangar you are not required to pay a maintenance fee. There are no landing fees.
Q: What kind of facilities are available at Stearman Field?
A: Lloyd Stearman Field Airport (1K1) has a 5100' X 75' paved and lighted runway, Turf area for taildraggers, GPS Instrument Approach, Jet-A, 24hr 100LL Credit Card Fuel, Aircraft Maintenance Shop, Hangar Rentals, Single Engine Flight Instruction, Multi-Engine Flight Instruction and Stearman Field Bar and Grill Restaurant.
Q: What's the history behind Lloyd Stearman Field Airport and the Airpark?
A: The Airport, which was a Sod runway, was built in 1946. Ownership changed several times through the years. In 1968, the Movie "Gypsy Moths" starring Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr and Gene Hackman was filmed on the Airport (pictures of some of the Cast are hanging on a wall at Stearman Field Bar and Grill.) In the mid to early 70's, local residents Keith and Ann Joy purchased the airport and started developing it as a residential airpark. The Airport changed ownership several more times throughout the years and in 2003, Dwayne Clemens, Victor Riffel, Greg Largen and their wives purchased the airport and as they say, "hit the ground running" on making runway and taxiway improvements and constructing new hangars. The runway was widened from 40' to 60' and a full length parallel taxiway was constructed. With permission from Lloyd Stearman's daughter, Marilyn Stearman Carr, the airport was renamed Lloyd Stearman Field Airport in honor of Kansan Lloyd Carlton Stearman, Engineer and Aircraft Designer. In 2007 the runway and taxiway was extended from 2,600' to 4,600' and Clemens and Largen started developing Stearman Estates. Airport ownership changed again in 2011 when Dwayne and Julie Clemens became the sole owners of the airport. In 2012 the Runway was lengthened to 5,100 ft and widened to 75 ft. The Airport has seen many improvements over the years and has become a "destination airport" for pilots all over the world. At Stearman Field, one thing is for sure; General Aviation is alive and well!!!
Q. What is Stearman Bar & Grill like?
A: Not only is the Aviation Themed Restaurant a great place to eat, it's a very active, vibrant spot on the airport. The Aviation Themed Restaurant has become a "Destination" where people of all ages can watch planes take off and land whether they're eating inside or outside on the patio or just hanging out by the fence. There is a gated playground area for the kids, an outdoor stage for bands to play on week-ends and a large seating area that opens up to the ramp offering a great view of the airport. The Restaurant can accommodate parties and groups of all types and size. Check them out at www.stearmanbarandgrill.com
Q: What are some of the other attractions in the area?
A: Infinity Art Glass (Handblown Glasswork by Scott Hartley). Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, Kansas Aviation Museum, Exploration Place, Botanica (The Wichita Gardens), Sedgwick County Zoo, Intrust Bank Arena and Hartman Arena just to name a few.
Q: Is there a Stearman Estates Facebook page?
A: Yes. Like us at Stearman Estates at Stearman Field Airport.