Niki D’Andrea – Executive Editor
John Meyer’s lifelong love of aviation isn’t just written on his face, in the form of a big grin as he climbs aboard a Cessna Citation II jet that’s just emerged from one of the hangars at Scottsdale Airport – it’s also written on his tie, in the form of a small, needlepoint runway design etched into the fabric. He points this out with pride. From the model jet perched atop a filing cabinet to the paintings of planes that adorn the walls, everything about John Meyer’s office speaks to his passion for and knowledge of all things aviation.
Meyer’s been in the Airpark for more than 32 years, working in corporate aviation positions ranging from fixed-based operator (FBO) at Scottsdale Airport to general manager of Turbofan Aircraft Programs with Honeywell. As principal and founder of Airport Property Specialists, Meyer develops airplane properties and commercial real estate in the Airpark, including hangar space. And right now, hangar space is tight – Meyer says his company only has about 2 percent of available hangar space, a result of the recent economic upturn that’s led to a slew of new construction projects around the Airpark. In this month’s cover story, “Hangars On!” (page 23), writer Kenneth LaFave explores the current state and future of aviation storage with Meyer and other sources. Turns out, the hangar shortage isn’t limited to Scottsdale.
Part of the current state of hangars includes their alternatives uses – as one-off concert halls, private party spaces, wedding venues and more. See how the other half hangars in Jimmy Magahern’s story “What’s in that Hangar?” (page 32). Keeping with this month’s theme, we land at The Hangar Food & Spirits for a couple happy hours (“5 O’Clock in the Airpark, page 18), and we take a fascinating look at the rich history of Scottsdale aviation, courtesy of Joan Fudala in this month’s “Remember When?” story (page 43).
Since Valley temperatures are rising faster than a jet taking off, we also sent managing editor Becky Bracken out to uncover “4 Cool Pools” that provide aquatic relief around the Airpark. Get your feet wet starting on page 30. Who knows, maybe this time next year, we’ll be writing about secret water features in former hangar spaces. Not likely, but the bigger picture can be hard to see sometimes until we hone in on the details, like the needlepoint runway on John Meyer’s tie.