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A Brief History of Aircraft Technology
May 06, 2019

A Brief History of Aircraft Technology

Aircraft technology has progressed exponentially, especially in the last 100 years. From kites to spacecraft, and from simple sheds to smart technology like HangarBot, people have never stopped dreaming up new ways to fly, and new ways to protect their marvelous inventions.

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These Books Make Great Gifts for Pilots
May 04, 2019

These Books Make Great Gifts for Pilots

Looking for aviation gifts for pilots? Whether you want to inspire your pilot friend’s passion for flying, help them explore aviation history or indulge their love of aircraft data and details, a well-chosen book makes a thoughtful gift they’ll enjoy all year long.

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Essential Flying Tips from Famous Pilots
May 02, 2019

Essential Flying Tips from Famous Pilots

Keep these flying tips from famous aviators in mind to inspire you and help keep you safe while flying.

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Things You Should Always Keep Handy in Your Airplane Hangar
May 01, 2019

Things You Should Always Keep Handy in Your Airplane Hangar

HangarBot helps keep your airplane hangar safe. Adding these items to your hangar will keep both it and your airplane in top shape.

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Aircraft Hangar Safety Tips: How to Protect Your Staff and Items
April 29, 2019

Aircraft Hangar Safety Tips: How to Protect Your Staff and Items

A comprehensive aircraft hangar safety checklist, augmented with a smart automation system like HangarBot, protects valuable aircraft and equipment from theft or damage.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Aircraft Deicing
April 27, 2019

Here’s What You Need to Know About Aircraft Deicing

HangarBot helps keep your airplane safe in your hangar. Aircraft deicing will keep your plane free of frozen contaminants for a limited time when it’s outside before takeoff. Learn how deicing works and what type you may need to depart safely.

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5 Aviation Gifts for the Pilot in Your Life
April 25, 2019

5 Aviation Gifts for the Pilot in Your Life

From a HangarBot system to a new headset, these gifts for pilots are both useful and thoughtful. Show your favorite pilot how much you care!

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What You Need to Know About Nonregulatory Special Use Airspace Areas
April 24, 2019

What You Need to Know About Nonregulatory Special Use Airspace Areas

Before you fly, understand the six major categories of Special Use Airspace. Here’s the lowdown on when and where you can fly, and when and where you can’t.

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What Every Pilot Needs to Know About Weather
April 22, 2019

What Every Pilot Needs to Know About Weather

Aviation weather can not only change how you fly, but if you fly. You can self-brief online and then monitor the weather during your flight, so you minimize risks.

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Why I Fly: The Joys of Becoming a Pilot
April 20, 2019

Why I Fly: The Joys of Becoming a Pilot

Becoming a pilot opens up whole new worlds for you, your family and your friends. Learn more from this pilot’s story.

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How to Save Energy Costs in Your Hangar During Winter
April 18, 2019

How to Save Energy Costs in Your Hangar During Winter

You can reduce energy use in your airplane hangar and save money without compromising safety or security. Here’s how to save energy in your hangar.

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Things to Keep in Mind Before Your Next Private Flight
April 17, 2019

Things to Keep in Mind Before Your Next Private Flight

Aviation weather, special equipment, an appropriate airport, the right route, and more: things you need to consider before your next private flight.

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How This Pilot Maintains Her Hangar
April 15, 2019

How This Pilot Maintains Her Hangar

An airplane hangar is the best way to protect your precious aircraft. Here’s the lowdown on how to keep your hangar in tip-top shape. You’ll save both time and money in the long run with these simple tips.

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Aviation Terms Every Pilot Should Know
April 13, 2019

Aviation Terms Every Pilot Should Know

For those new or fairly new to flying, it can be daunting to learn the industry’s jargon, acronyms and technical terms. If you’re a pilot, be sure to add these aviation terms to your vocabulary.

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5 Places You Need Permission to Fly Over
April 11, 2019

5 Places You Need Permission to Fly Over

Special Flight Rules Areas and Special Use Airspaces are important for pilots to learn about. Here’s the lowdown on when and where you can fly, and when and where you can’t.

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Flying in Dangerous Wind Speeds
April 10, 2019

Flying in Dangerous Wind Speeds

How does the FAA treat certifying an aircraft with regard to crosswind landings? Learn the techniques employed while operating aircraft on the ground and while airborne in dangerous wind speeds.

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4 Best Private Jets for Pilots
April 08, 2019

4 Best Private Jets for Pilots

What is the best piston airplane or private jet? There are so many different types of planes to choose from. Here’s a selection to help get you started.

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5 Creative Ways to Turn Your Airplane Hangar into a Summer Hangout Spot
April 04, 2019

5 Creative Ways to Turn Your Airplane Hangar into a Summer Hangout Spot

Upgrade your aircraft hangar from a plain metal container to a fun summer hangout spot. Here are five décor suggestions.

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How Much It Costs to Own Your Own Plane
April 03, 2019

How Much It Costs to Own Your Own Plane

How much does it cost to own an airplane? From fuel to insurance, maintenance, and the occasional big-ticket items, we’ve got the answers here.

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The Different Pilot Licenses Explained
April 01, 2019

The Different Pilot Licenses Explained

Preventive maintenance improves reliability, decreases cost of replacement and avoids system downtime. Here’s why it’s an essential part of every pilot’s routine.

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Come See Us: Top Five Reasons to Stop By Booth 71 At SUN ‘n FUN
March 30, 2019

Come See Us: Top Five Reasons to Stop By Booth 71 At SUN ‘n FUN

The HangarBot team is packed and ready for the SUN ’n FUN International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida! This year’s event will take place from Tuesday, April 2 through Sunday, April 7.

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Why HangarBot Is the Smart Automation System Every Pilot Needs
March 28, 2019

Why HangarBot Is the Smart Automation System Every Pilot Needs

For aircraft owners and pilots, a smart hangar automation and security system can offer big benefits, from saving time and money to deterring theft and vandalism. Given that HangarBot provides so many features in one smart system, it’s an option every pilot should consider.

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Pilot Gear You Should Always Have on Hand
March 27, 2019

Pilot Gear You Should Always Have on Hand

The most important pilot gear? Read on to learn our take on indispensable items you should always keep handy.

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Hangar Safety: Protecting Your Aircraft and More
February 22, 2019

Hangar Safety: Protecting Your Aircraft and More

     As members of the GA community, it is essential for us to help ensure the safety and security of our airports and aircraft. Unauthorized access to the assets by criminals or terrorists can be very damaging to GA. While the theft of actual aircraft is not a significant threat (the Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association (AOPA) notes that fewer than a dozen are stolen each year), there is always the possibility and the danger of more common security threats. Common risks are random acts of vandalism and theft of aircraft parts, particularly expensive avionics.  

     Because every airport is different, pilots should have multiple methods of protecting their assets. The TSA notes in its 2017 Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airport Operators and Users that “Storage in hangars is one of the most effective methods of securing GA aircraft.” In this article, we will touch on a few security measures you can incorporate to help prevent unauthorized access to and theft from your hangar

  • 1. Follow Proper Security Gate Procedures. The best way to prevent criminal activity in your hangar is to prevent the criminal from even getting in the first place. Keep access gates closed at all times and be sure to follow proper security code measures. The 2017 Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airport Operators and Users notes that lighting security areas on both sides of gates and in selected areas of fencing is highly effective in preventing unwanted access. If lighting seems to be an issue, be proactive and address it immediately with the airport or FBO management.
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  • 2. Secure Your Keys. This tip may seem like common sense, but make sure to keep both the hangar and aircraft keys in a secure location. Easily accessible keys are an invitation for theft. To make it as difficult as possible for someone to gain access to your aircraft, you might want to consider whether you keep your aircraft key on the same keychain as your hangar key. Something as little as keeping them on separate keychains can make all the difference.
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  • 3. Implement Remote Door Access. You’re a smart person, and you know that in this era of technology, you need to learn to make the most of the available technologies to prevent unauthorized access or tampering in your hangar. Luckily for you, that’s where the HangarBot Door Controller comes in. Enjoy the convenience of remotely opening, closing, or pausing your hangar door directly from HangarBot app. Have complete control over the physical access to the hangar, and immediately know when your door has been opened. And speaking of open, it goes without saying that you need to keep your hangar doors locked anytime you are away.
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  • 4. Incorporate Video Surveillance for Your Aircraft. Incorporating surveillance in your aircraft hangar can accomplish two important things. First, if potential intruders are aware that you can review security footage remotely with the HangarBot Hub, they might be deterred from perpetrating a criminal act. There is a built-in camera for day or night with live-streaming video, and automatic photo capture, and when motion is detected, you receive an immediate notification. This could potentially stop the crime when it is happening. Second, in case a perpetrator is not caught in the act, the footage will provide valuable evidence to help identify the person, and perhaps recoup your losses. This will give you peace of mind when you are away from your hangar.
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  • 5. Be on the Look Out. The vigilance of other airport users one of the most prevalent methods of enhancing security at GA airports. It’s your responsibility to not only protect your hangar but also be protective of everyone at the airport. It can be easy to let your guard down a bit when you are in a familiar setting. Maybe you’ve experienced this in your airport or when you are familiar with the aircraft, their owners, and the personnel. Regardless of how comfortable you feel, you should still be on the lookout for some of the following suspicious behaviors compiled from various security training outlines:
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    • Pilots who appear to be under the control of another person
    • Any pilot who makes threats or statements inconsistent with normal uses of aircraft
    • Pilots determined to avoid others
    • Someone doing out-of-the-ordinary videotaping of aircraft or hangars
    • Anyone trying to access an aircraft through force—without keys, using a crowbar or screwdriver

    These behaviors are just a few recommended areas to look out for. Trust your instincts. If it doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t.

    Never approach someone you suspect may be about to commit a crime. If there is an immediate threat, contact 911. If you are unsure if there is a threat, contact the airport administrator. They should be able to tell you if the activity you're seeing is legitimate. If it is not, call the TSA GA hotline at (866) GA-SECUR (1.866.427.3287). Developed in partnership with the National Response Center, the GA hotline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This hotline serves as a centralized system for general aviation pilots, airport operators, and maintenance technicians who wish to report suspicious activity.

    By working together, we can help mitigate security risks by limiting the opportunities for unauthorized access to our airports and hangars, making our home airports a safe and attractive option for us all.

    Blue Skies and Safe Hangars!

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