AOPA Publishes Guide To Hangar Development

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Among the many challenges of owning an airplane -- financing, taxes, maintenance, etc. -- finding a place to keep it can be one of the toughest. A tiedown is adequate for some, but for security and protection from the elements, most pilots really want hangar space. There are not enough hangars to go around, and getting new ones built can be a bureaucratic nightmare. To help ease that process, AOPA's Airport Support Network has published a free, 40-page step-by-step guide. AOPA's new Hangar Development Guide lays out five crucial steps to success -- determining the need, creating a sound business case, careful planning, actual building and project evaluation. "Building hangars can attract new businesses and generate additional revenue for the airport," said Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of airports. "A well-executed and successful hangar project can be the key to a financially secure general aviation airport." AOPA says many projects fail because they neglect the first three planning steps.