Hangaring your aircraft is a simple thing, right? Well, perhaps there is more to this than meets the eye. In this post we will explore what you need to know before you start hangaring your aircraft. When you first get your own personal aircraft, it is an exciting time. The possibilities for travel are endless and there are many expenses and actions to consider. In all of the excitement, it is important to make sure you are as informed as possible regarding where to park your plane. Many first time aircraft owners opt for the inexpensive route – an outdoor tie-down – but there are several things you should know about hangaring your plane before deciding upon where to park your new aircraft.
Your Aircraft Will Be Better Protected
The most obvious consideration regarding hangaring an aircraft versus parking it outside is that the aircraft will be protected from the elements if it is kept in an indoor hangar. Keeping an aircraft in a hangar while not in flight will protect it from:
- Debris moved by strong winds
- Birds and other animals
- Dust and dirt
- Sap, nuts, and other tree leavings
May Make Life Easier
Protecting the aircraft from the elements can prevent damage, but it can also make your life a little easier. When you wish to take your aircraft out, you will never have to worry about digging it out of the snow, de-icing it, brushing leaves from the wings and propellers, or cleaning other debris from it before flying. This may save time and make flying more enjoyable.
There Are Many Options for Hangars
The common thought is that renting an aircraft hangar is expensive, but this is not necessarily the case. Depending on what you are looking for, you may be able to rent an aircraft hangar inexpensively from a small private airport. You may also be able to rent a hangar from a municipally run airport, where profit is not a driver. If convenience is key, you may also be able to purchase your own hangar, which may pay off in the long run.
Regulations or Amenities May Be a Consideration
Depending on where you decide to hangar your aircraft, there may be very specific regulations regarding access limitations and insurance requirements. This may be a deterrent for renting space from certain large or government run airports. On the other hand, certain airports and organizations may offer amenities that make hangaring your aircraft there seem more attractive. You may be able to receive maintenance and fuel on site, sometimes at a discounted rate.
Aircraft insurance May Be Cheaper
It may pay to hangar your aircraft instead of tying it down. Since the risks of damage are lower when aircraft are regularly hangared, many aircraft insurance
companies offer discounts for pilots that hangar their planes. This savings may help to mitigate the costs of renting hangar space. Call your aircraft insurance agency today to find out if you could save money by hangaring your aircraft! If you found this article interesting sign up for The All Things Aviation Weekly newsletter below:
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