I got so frustrated with the lack of hangar space at my airport, I am in the process of creating my own ten unit “t” hangar. The project is almost completed and I have a waiting list as the space is sold out. We negotiated an option for ten more units at the same location and I am working on getting them built. The airport authority was so impressed they have invited me to build 10/20 more units at another bigger airport.
However, it has been a very, very, very difficult process. I have become a bit of an expert on building these things and negotiating with all the powers to be. I have also secured the hangarkeepers insurance (not cheap) and negotiated an 86 page, 20 year Operating Agreement with the local authority. (That’s not a typo… eighty six pages! I told you it is not easy!)
If anyone is interested in pursuing a project like this and has some financial backing, I would be interested in speaking with them about building and/or managing units at their local airport. We created a company to do this as a business and we have the expertise and a track record.
For those do it yourself folks out there, you will be told ‘no’ a hundred times. It is a “political” game in every community. However, the need is there and the investment can have very good returns.
Email me if you are interested in pursuing something together - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Richards (#388)