As you progress through life, your personal wealth increases as does your risk to lose it all. Fortunately, various types of insurance exist to protect your physical and monetary assets. Your insurance portfolio may begin with a small life insurance policy that was purchased for you by a grandparent. As the years tick by, that policy will be joined by auto insurance, renter’s insurance, health insurance, life insurance, home insurance, and possibly a complementary spread of other policies designed to protect you, your family, and livelihood. Add an airplane and hangar and perhaps an aircraft service center into the mix and it’s just another layer of the onion you have to manage and protect. Continue reading Hangar Insurance – What to know before the storm
I’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
In a recent issue of HangarSphere, I penned an article about “Understanding the Engineered Metal Building Industry.” The industry has matured greatly over the last couple of decades and costs, processes, construction, and quality are all attributes that have shown incredible improvement. But steel isn’t the only game in town. Continue reading The Renaissance of Wood
The original concept and design of the Switchbox came about because pilot Phillip Angert wanted to remotely turn on the aircraft pre-heat system without having to physically arrive at the hangar 2-3 hours prior to take-off just to plug in the plane. A system such as this eliminated just that. The Switchbox is essentially “a smart power outlet” that can receive external commands via cell phone to turn on or turn off any device plugged into the outlet. Continue reading HangarTech-Switchbox Dials Up The Heat
The last four years have yielded a tremendous number of opportunities where I have had the opportunity to listen to frustrated hangar owners, airpark owners & developers, FBO managers, and even airport managers. The one frustration that could be considered a motif amongst these groups was their shared frustration with their Fire Marshal and building inspector who were overseeing their hangar development.