Category Archives: HangarStarts

Part I: Aurora State Airport And The K.I.S.S Theory

Hangar-Aurora-State-Airport-Fee-SimpleI’ve learned a lot from my father both personally and professionally. Having retired from UAL in 2002 after 37 years in the cockpit, I continue to enjoy listening to his stories relating to the Golden Age of Aviation, his numerous DC-8 charter flights to Vietnam, oil embargos, deregulation, hostile takeovers, Reagan’s firing of the air traffic controllers, pilot strikes, and the evolution from three-man cockpits and steam gauges to male/female crews of two and state-of-the-art “glass” avionics. But through all the stories and experiences he continues to share, there is one motif: The K.I.S.S Theory. Continue reading Part I: Aurora State Airport And The K.I.S.S Theory

HangarStarts – Ram Buildings Finds A Foothold In Flying Cloud

First New Hangars At Flying Cloud Airport Built By Ram BuildingsFlying Cloud Airport (KFCM) just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, has recently completed a series of airport improvements that include lengthening of runways and site development for the construction of over 40 hangars. Continue reading HangarStarts – Ram Buildings Finds A Foothold In Flying Cloud

HangarStarts – MQ-9 Repears Find A Hangar

MQ-9 Reaper Hangar Fort DrumFort Drum, New York is home to a new hangar measuring nearly 13,000 square feet. The hangar will be the base for the MQ-9 aircraft. Initial design concepts began in 2008 with ground breaking taking place several years later in the fall of 2012. Continue reading HangarStarts – MQ-9 Repears Find A Hangar

Duncan Aviation: A Campus Is Born

Duncan Aviation New Hangar Lincoln NebraskaIt was the summer of 1999 and I was enjoying my new career as a corporate pilot in a Falcon 10. One early summer morning on a red-eye flight from Long Beach, California to the Midwest, the owner of the aircraft tapped us on the shoulder and said, “let’s divert to Lincoln to check the status on our 20.” The Falcon 20 was a new addition to our fleet and was undergoing an upgrade to its engines and interior. Keep in mind, this was a surprise visit to the headquarters of Duncan Aviation at 2:30 in the morning…….They didn’t miss a beat. Continue reading Duncan Aviation: A Campus Is Born

HangarStarts: Phase 1 of 2 Complete in Midland, Texas

Western, LLC, Hangar, Concept, Midland, Texas…..It’s big. It’s hot. It’s windy. Its economy is strong. And construction projects are everywhere. Midland, TX and its airport, Midland International Airport, are right in the mix of all of it.  Continue reading HangarStarts: Phase 1 of 2 Complete in Midland, Texas