After 39 years, Olathe woman seeks buyer for her home and private airport

Jim Cunningham
June 20, 2018 - 5:31 am

If you have ever wanted to own an airport, you have an  opportunity. 

At the edge of Cedar Creek in Olathe lies the Cedar Air Park airport, complete with a grass runway. The asking price is $2.5 million. 

"You get 28.3 acres of heaven, two hangars and a house, a 2,440 foot grass and lots of blue sky," said Pat Hockett, who, with her late husband, a TWA pilot, bought the public-use airport in 1979.

"We used to fly aerial banners out of here a number of years ago," Hockett said. "(We) did maintenance and crop-dusting and whatever else you need to do to stay in the aviation business."

Hocket's husband died in 2012.

Hocket, in her 70s, earned her pilot's license in 1971. She still loves to fly her old Piper, but she knows it is time to sell the airport and give someone else a chance to run it. About 20 to 30 airplanes take off and land on the property each week. 

"I'm tired of cold weather, too," said Hockett, who still loves to fly and teaches new pilots. "Kansas weather's starting to get to me -- I want to go south where it's warmer."

Cedar Air Park Airport has been on the market a little more than six months. It comes with a 25-year deed restriction to remain an airport. While there have been a few interested buyers, Pat hasn't received an offer. She says she's okay with that. 

"When the Good Lord says it's time for me to leave, then that buyer'll be here and I'll move forward," Hocket said.

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