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.
- A close range sceenshot of your hangar in the hangar group.
- A medium range screenshot of taxiways connecting to the hangar group.
- A wide range screenshot showing the hangar on the airport layout.
Once you have all three screenshots you’ll have the necessary location pictures on your phone/tablet to upload to your listing. Congrats!