Why there is such a drastic shortage of hangers in the US? At most (ok, there are lots of exceptions) airports there is lots of available real estate yet planes sit in want of a real home.
At PAO or SQL in the SF Bay Area, if you get on the waiting list for a hangar today, your heirs MIGHT get one. You’re lucky ot be on the west coast where keeping an airplane outside does comparatively littleharm so long as you keep it clean. After a year outside with a teflon coating on the paint, my 260se still looks great.
There are incredible delays to have anything new or upgraded done at most GA airports, especially those in any proximity to urban or suburban communities. Here at PAO, a modest airport ramp nighttime lighting and security fencing program was delayed for eons. One of the most vocal objections came from local blue-haired old lady types, perhaps more at home in a place like Berkeley than the Silicon Valley, who objected to the security fence because IT WOULD IMPEDE SMALL ANIMALS’ ABILITY TO ESCAPE FROM PREDATORS. The city council actually took this seriously. I’m not making this up.
This situation won’t improve until GA has a significant and relatively obvious positive impact on the lives of a majority of people in most communities. For most “civilians” as JF calls them, GA airports are at best a light-to-moderate nuisance and at worst viewed as a wholly inappropriate use of land in crowded urban/suburban areas. Let’s all offer prayers that ventures such as Eclipse will be hugely successful and really bring on-demand point-to-point air taxi service within reach of the general public at a price/convenience comparable to the airlines. Then we’ll see GA accorded a “strange new respect.” Otherwise it will be continue to be viewed by most people as a self-indulgent activity of the rich.
I just moved from a small town in the midwest where there was a 3 year waiting list for a hanger. I found one after a 4 month wait about 45 miles from home even though there were 6 closer airports. Now that I am in San Diego, I am faced with a 6+ year waiting list. This doesn’t seem like free flight to me. The time to drive to my local airport should be characterized as the time to drive to the airport an hour or more away. Makes commercial flight alot more competitive in the long run. I might save time taking a commercial flight to where my plane is.
I am too impatient, and N208CD is too nice of a bird to sit outside for anywhere near that long. Does anyone know of an available hanger anywhere near San Diego?