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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/RYAN MCGEENEY --01-25-2013-- Bob Shingledecker of Altus lands his 150-horsepower Piper Cherokee at Winfield Airpark, a privately-owned aviation community located about five miles south of Altus. The airport, which features a 2,600-foot-long runway of Bermuda grass, is one of more than 200 privately-owned airports in Arkansas.

Bob Shingledecker spent most of his adult career immersed in technology — first as an aircraft mechanic for the U.S. Air Force, then as an automotive technology instructor. When he took his first flying lesson in 1988, he knew he had found an all-consuming passion.

Winfield Airpark, located about five miles south of Altus, is one of more than 200 privately-owned airports in Arkansas. Bob Shingledecker, a co-owner of Winfield Airpark, explains his attraction to the aviation lifestyle and gives an aerial tour of the grounds.

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Northwest Arkansas, Pages 9 on 01/30/2013

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