Answer their Question: “Will My Airplane Fit?”

 

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Welcome! We ask all our hangar hosts to provide specific measurements of the hangar space they wish to rent out. This helps provide renters with confidence that their aircraft will fit in the space you’re providing. The first challenge is ensuring the aircraft will fit through the hangar door, and the second is to make sure the internal dimensions will accommodate their aircraft type. So we’ve provided blank 3-D diagrams for you to fill out for the most common types, the box hangar and the t-hangar. The easiest way to accomplish these measurements is with a standard tape measure and a piece of chalk to measure, mark, and add for a total length (unless you have an extra-long tape measure). Fill these diagram measurements out with a dark legible pen or marker. Please make note of any special objects/obstructions that are permanent or semi-permanent fixtures inside your hangar, such as set of cabinets/shelves or light fixtures hanging from the ceiling; anything that could pose an issue for accommodating a new aircraft type in your hangar. Including pictures of the interior of the hangar will help renters understand any obstructions.

For Multiple Occupancy Hosts (single occupancy hosts can skip to next paragraph)
For those that are going be creating a listing for “Multiple Occupancy (shared space)” hangar, you’ll need to fill out two diagrams. First, the 3-D diagram with the full dimensions of the hangar, and a second 2-D diagram with specific measurements for the space that is available on that listing. The easiest way to accomplish these measurements is to mark off this space available on the hangar floor with two long rectangles, a rectangle for the fuselage including tail, and a rectangle for the wings. These rectangles are referred to as the “Wing Box” and the “Fuselage Box” on the diagram. While marking off this space, consider using markers that you can leave in place for the renter, to clearly direct them where to place their aircraft. If you have a clean hangar floor most people can accomplish this by marking the corners of the Fuselage Box and Wing Box with high visibility (yellow or orange) duct tape.

Now, take pictures of your completed diagrams and upload them to your listing. While you’re out taking measurements of your hangar, don’t forget to take a few pictures of the inside and outside of the hangar.

Lastly, if you have a renter asking for your help to find standard measurements for their aircraft you can direct them to the links below.

-Team HangarIt.com

 

Links to aircraft measurements

www.faa.gov/airports/engineering/aircraft_char_database/

*This is FAA database is the most complete database if you able to open spreadsheets.

www.flugzeuginfo.net/acdata

www.airliners.net/aircraft-data

 

 

Providing the basics (tire chocks, power cords, etc)

GIVE RENTERS HELPFUL INSTRUCTIONS
In most cases hosts won’t be personally greeting their renters upon their arrival. And without some basic information about your hangar, you might find yourself repeatedly receiving messages and calls to relay the same information. To avoid this, it’s a great idea to have some basic instructions attached to a wall in a visible location, such as inside the hangar near the entry door at eye-level. We’ve created a standardized form for your use. It can be printed of in the PDF file format and filled out by hand, or you can download the Word document (.docx) file and fill it on your computer before printing.
 
Hand-fill PDF file, click here: 
Form-fill Word Doc file, click here:
 
POWER CORDS
This is item is self-explanatory. If you have electrical access inside your hangar, this is probably an item you already have handy. Please be sure to mention it along with any other tools/supplies in the “Ok for Use” section of the “Host-to-Renter Instructions” Form listed above.
 
WHEEL CHOCKS
Although some of us travel with wheel chocks, many of us do not. It is extra added weight that we could use for fuel, passengers, or cargo. Very few aircraft (like a Vans RV) require specialty low-profile chocks but for the 90% of GA aircraft, a standard set of rubber chocks will do nicely. Having the security of a nice pair of chocks will help ensure somebody doesn’t roll their aircraft into your hangar if their aircraft begins to move unintentionally (i.e. during their preflight, loading bags, etc).
KEEPING OIL OFF YOUR FLOORS
Let’s face it, most aircraft leak some oil. Either from their exhaust (radial engines) or dripping off the back of the engine cowl. You don’t want oil puddles on your floor and your renters don’t want to step in it. Give them a way to clean up after themselves and you’ll find your hangar stays much cleaner. You can accomplish this by providing some oil dry, a basic broom, dust-pan, and trash pail. All of these items can be found at a bargain at your local Lowes or Home Depot.

 

We hope this has been helpful, but if you have any more questions feel free to contact us at admin@hangarit.com

-Team HangarIt.com

Lock & Key

 

In this article we’ll discuss the use of different styles of locks to provide convenient access to locked hangars. We’ll start with 3 examples of proper combination padlock and key storage. All three provide security, easy access, and are simple to reset to update combinations.

Door Knob Mount Lock-box
Wall Mount Lock-box
Heavy-Gauge Combination Padlock

Providing access to your renters should be a smooth and easy process. Your instructions for access shouldn’t include a “key under the mat” that may have accidentally gone missing , or some treasure hunt for a hidden key location. The location should be obvious, secure, and easy to access even in inclement weather.  For the combination lock-boxes, you’ll have a key inside that you would prefer to not be lost or left hanging in a door-lock, so consider adding a high-visibility key-ring to ensure it doesn’t get lost.

If you want an extra insurance policy, tape an extra key copy to the inside of the lock-box with a piece of duct tape, so when you eventually get that “I can’t find the key” phone call from a renter, you can direct them to the spare key.

Please AVOID using these locks, because they are difficult to use or provide little security against break-in:

This style is unreliable and difficult to use.
This little lock can be overcome with a hammer or strong snips.
This style is very sensitive and difficult to use in low lighting or inclement weather.

 

We hope this has been helpful, but if you have any more questions feel free to contact us at admin@hangarit.com

-Team HangarIt.com

 

Sell the destination.

Starting a basic listing on HangarIt.com is quick and easy, but if you find yourself with some extra time consider beefing up your listing to attract more renters. A basic listing should have 3 location pictures, a completed hangar diagram, and at least one picture of the interior of the hangar. But why stop there?

Add some pictures to convey information about the city and surrounding area, activities, and anything the hangar or airport includes like a motorized tow-bar, courtesy car, etc.

 

Here are some examples:

Is your airport in an area known for hunting?

Any other outdoor activities?

Is it near a large city?

Common festivals or fly-ins?

Is there a courtesy car available?

Any  hangar amenities?

Location, Location, Location!

 

  

Helping your renters find your hangar on the field is the first challenge to making sure your hangar rental goes smoothly. Hangars typically don’t have addresses on the field,  in fact they’re often unmarked, leaving them difficult to locate. As pilots we like maps and pictures to identify locations, so let’s stick to what we’re good at and explore how you can mark your hangar from a satellite view and make these pictures part of your listing. It’s very easy and all you need is a smartphone and the Google Maps app.

If you don’t have the Google Maps app on your phone, it can be downloaded for free on “App Store” for Apple devices or on the “Play Store” for Android devices.

If you have the app installed on your phone, open the application and find the location of your hangar. To do this, first you’ll want to make sure you have the “Satellite View” layer turned on so you’re able to visually locate your hangar, the “Layers” button is an circle icon near the top-right with a black symbol that looks like stacked squares or a diamond & chevron.

Now that you’re in Satellite view, type in the approximate location of your hangar in the white search bar at the top of the screen. You can try the airport name or a nearby city. Once you’re near your hangar location you can use two fingers on the screen to zoom in and out, and also pan up/down/left/right to find your hangar on the satellite view.

Once you are certain you have found the exact location of your hangar, it’s time to “drop a pin.” You’ll want to make sure you’re zoomed in as close as possible to make sure you drop the pin accurately. Drop a pin by pressing and holding your finger on the screen directly over your hangar until a red pin appears. If you mess up the location, simply press and hold your finger in a new location and the red pin will be moved.

Now that you have a red pin marking your location you’ll need to take 3 screenshots on your phone. Examples of these screenshots are provided below.

  1. A close range sceenshot of your hangar in the hangar group.
  2. A medium range screenshot of taxiways connecting to the hangar group.
  3. A wide range screenshot showing the hangar on the airport layout.

If you’re unsure about how to screenshots on your phone/tablet, click here for iPhones & iPads or click here for Androids.

Once you have all three screenshots you’ll have the necessary location pictures on your phone/tablet to upload to your listing. Congrats!

-Team HangarIt.com

Close range screenshot showing hangar within hangar group.
Medium range screenshot showing taxiways connecting to hangar group.
Wide range screenshot showing hangar location on the airport layout.