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  #11  
Old 08-09-2021, 07:51 PM
squeakersc063 squeakersc063 is online now
 
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How are you going to secure that from wind and other elements. Wouldn't a storage be much safer?
Hangar availability in Vegas is basically nonexistant
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Old 08-09-2021, 08:06 PM
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I just bought a project at QB stage. I have a two car garage in which I already do a bunch of other stuff (it's a wood shop as well as an exercise space). Now I'm building the airplane there as well. Fortunately I have access to another storage space to hold the stuff I'm not actively working on.
In my area (SF Bay Area) hangar space waiting lista are several years long. I've put my name at three airports, and if I'm offered a hangar at any of them I'm going to take it, whatever the stage of my build. Otherwise I just don't see how I'm ever going to be able to get a hangar.

Another option is to get everything built in the garage and then find someone with hangar space willing to allow me to use for final assembly and from which to fly off the test phase, then store the airplane at a tie-down thereafter. California weather being what it is, this might not be a terrible option.

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Old 08-09-2021, 08:07 PM
Kyle Boatright Kyle Boatright is offline
 
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There's really no reason to move to the hangar until *everything* is done other than hanging the wings the final time.

You'll make so much better progress in your garage because all of your resources (food, bathroom, a comfy chair, information, all of your tools, etc) are at hand. Once you move to the airport, one or more of those things (tools, in particular) seem to bog you down.

Besides, it is difficult for most people to casually visit the hangar nearly as easily as it is to just walk out to the garage. Say you know you need to order bolts from Aircraft Spruce. If the airplane is 20' away in the garage, getting the quantity and size right is a piece of cake. If the airplane is in the hangar 20 miles away, ain't as easy. That kind of thing costs you a ridiculous amount of time once you move to the hangar.
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Old 08-09-2021, 08:20 PM
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There's really no reason to move to the hangar until *everything* is done other than hanging the wings the final time.
Yes. But for some of us timing is an issue. If hangar waiting lists are years long, you just have to throw your name in asap and hope things work out, timing-wise.
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Old 08-09-2021, 08:24 PM
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Hangar availability in Vegas is basically nonexistant
That's a bummer. Might need to get on the VGT list soon.
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Old 08-09-2021, 08:31 PM
Kyle Boatright Kyle Boatright is offline
 
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Yes. But for some of us timing is an issue. If hangar waiting lists are years long, you just have to throw your name in asap and hope things work out, timing-wise.
You can have a hangar at the airport AND have the project at your house. Even if there are requirements around certain things, like aviation usage for the hangar. Store the flaps, ailerons, elevators, and other finished parts at the airport if you need to to qualify for aviation use.

In the meantime build at home.
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Old 08-09-2021, 08:37 PM
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You can have a hangar at the airport AND have the project at your house. Even if there are requirements around certain things, like aviation usage for the hangar. Store the flaps, ailerons, elevators, and other finished parts at the airport if you need to to qualify for aviation use.

In the meantime build at home.
Agreed. I plan to do the build as much as possible at my home garage. I'm just echoing what others have said about the cost of the hangar. If I get offered a hangar tomorrow I'd take it. I'll just have to eat the cost of the hangar fees for the next couple years until I get the project to a stage ready to move to the airport.
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Old 08-09-2021, 09:18 PM
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Six weeks from the move to first flight. Most everything done in the garage.

The hangar was almost all final assembly of finished parts, but in the hangar, I finished the fiberglass tail tips, finished up the already fitted cowl and final items for wing install such as the last fuel line and the wing root fairings.

Then calibration of fuel and first engine start, followed by the FSDO inspection.
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Old 08-09-2021, 09:21 PM
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I live in a rural area, and own, not rent, a hangar at a rural airport. I only keep my stuff in there, so no sharing space with others that might get mad at me for leaving aluminum shavings on the floor. I like having it in a hangar, itís a way to get away from the house and all of the other distractions and interruptions that are there. I I also store a 172 in there, and itís heated and sort of air conditioned, so itís a decent hangout if I donít really want to build but just play, and I donít feel like Iím ďwastingĒ otherwise useable space on a collection of aluminum that doesnít fly. If I need to work on my car or lawn mower, I take it there, can be kind of annoying and a downside. Most of the time, home improvement tools donít cross paths with airplane tools, but not always, so thatís a downside to my method too. Probably doesnít work for most, but another way to think about moving things to the airport, especially for those who are worried about getting a spot. I should mention itís a 5 minute drive from my house to the hangar, this method probably doesnít work as well if itís 30+ minutes away.
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Old 08-09-2021, 09:44 PM
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Spent eight years building in my garage. Bought a hangar in Jul '14 and aircraft moved to airport. Aircraft flew Apr '15.
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