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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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    February 11, 2019

    How All-Weather Pilots Maximize Their Winter Hours and You Can Too

    For some of you, winter means basking in the sunshine and warm temperatures of your tropical hometown while others aren’t so lucky. Winter is making its full force felt through its four elements of cold, ice, snow, and wind. If you’re anything like us, these elements can freeze your winter flying in every sense, particularly when it comes to your aircraft.

    Waiting for the first signs of spring to arrive before you return to the skies means you’re missing out on one of the best times to fly. Luckily for you, we can’t bear the thought of you missing this winter wonder, so we’ve compiled three tips to scramble you back into the air!

    Practicality Prep

      • Me, Myself and I. Although preparing for off-airport landings may seem evident, it is often missed, and we always have to consider the possibility and be prepared. In the brutal days of winter, this type of landing could result in a legitimate survival situation. Dress very warmly; you can always take off layers when you get into the aircraft. Wear boots and heavy waterproof gloves. Wear a warm hat or ear muffs and a scarf. Also, be prepared to bring survival gear like food and water, a fire starter of some kind, and a multi-tool like a Swiss army knife. When flying in dangerous locations, having a satellite SOS messenger device such as a spot will help increase your chances of contacting first responders.
  • Get Your Weather On. News flash: winter weather is different than summer weather. And just like summer storms, winter storms require just the right amount of dynamics to form. In the United States, winter storms are common from November through April, and can sometimes happen earlier and later than that. The winter dip in the jet stream allows polar air to surge south with results such as widespread storms with snow, ice, sleet, freezing rain, and reduced visibility. As much as a couple of days before the trip, start looking at the weather pattern and seeing how that compares with the forecast for your departure time and return.
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      • Slow Down, Speed Racer. Although it is uncomfortably cold and you are doing everything to get that engine started, It is essential that you take more time for your pre-flight prep during the winter hurried preflight than in the relaxed summer cadence. The plane’s oil is extremely important in low temperatures. Check your aircraft manual for the proper weight of oil to be used in low temperature ranges, and remember that tires may lose pressure when the temperature drops. A good rule of thumb is to pull out the checklist and follow it.
  • Show Your Engine Some Love. Preheating is the most critical aspect of winter flying. It’s a good idea to think about preheating when temperatures drop below freezing (50°F/10°C). Manufacturer-listed minimum temperatures for preheating are often listed lower, but it’s good to err on the side of caution. How bad could it be if you don’t do so? Well, according to engine maker Continental Motors, it could be pretty bad. They note that “Failure to properly preheat a cold-soaked engine may result in oil congealing within the engine, oil hoses, and oil cooler with subsequent loss of oil flow, possible internal damage to the engine and subsequent engine failure.” Want to save time on this? Use HangarBot’s Outlet to start the engine heater remotely ahead of time. The leading manufacturer of aircraft engine preheat systems, Tanis, recommends fully heating a cold-soaked engine six hours before flight for maximum benefits, but we always urge you to refer to your particular engine’s recommendations. Additionally, something to keep in mind as the weather does get warmer, Tanis advises not preheating when temperatures exceed 104°F/40°C.
    • A Heated Hangar Is a Happy Hangar. Lucky enough to have a heated hangar? Don’t go to the inconvenience or expense of having someone turn on the heat. Remotely turn it on with HangarBot’s Thermostat. From the comfort of your home, remotely turn it on with the HangarBot Thermostat. Get confirmation that the heat is rising and the heating unit is functioning.
    • Proactive Awareness A heated hangar can be used to melt off any frozen contaminants. Beware, however, of pulling your warm aircraft into snow or other precipitation at below-freezing temperatures. The precipitation will melt and may refreeze before you can takeoff, especially on a fully fueled, warm wing. Also be aware that pulling a clean, dry aircraft from an unheated hangar into very dry, very cold (< –10C), snowy conditions may not require any de- or anti-icing action. Dry, cold snow will not stick to a dry, clean aircraft. Verify by touch that the snow is not adhering.

    Post-Flight Prep

    • Fuel for Thought. After your amazing winter flight and after the fuel tank has settled, take a fuel sample to identify if there is any water in the fuel system. The same action will help prevent the sump drains from freezing before your next preflight.
    • Out in the Cold. If your aircraft is going to be outside, it may be tempting to quickly head to a warm car or home as soon as possible. However, be sure to put on engine covers and pilot covers. Also, do not forget to tie down your aircraft because the winter wind could be very gusty.

    Winter can provide some of the most enjoyable and scenic flying you will ever experience, but it presents challenges as well. Fighting the urge to cut corners and instead take the proper steps will increase your chances of having a safe mission.

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    January 07, 2019

    LA Startup Lauches an Aviation Security and Automation system

    Technology Displayed At EAA Airventure Brings The Concept Of Home Automation To Hangars

    You've probably heard of smart homes ... where things can be monitored and controlled remotely through a smartphone or tablet. This week Lynk Remote Technologies is displaying its "HangarBot" solution at EAA Airventure, which brings the same concept to your hangar. This new technology provides users the ability to control, automate, and secure general aviation hangars from anywhere in the world with network connectivity, anytime.

     

    Consisting of two main components, an easy-to-install HangarBot hub and a HangarBot mobile app, this unparalleled technology is distinctly designed for general aviation and developed with convenience and ease of use in mind.

    The HangarBot hub is a wall-mounted module that offers cellular network connectivity and is packed with sensors to monitor and control hangar temperature, video surveillance and connected devices. The hub speaks directly to the HangarBot app to control, automate and secure a hangar with the simple touch of a button. Using the easy-to-navigate app, users can execute instant actions like opening the hangar door, or schedule actions ahead of time such as, turning on the heat every weekday morning. HangarBot’s automation and custom scheduled action settings can save both time and money.

    The HangarBot solution is specifically designed to work in remote locations and comes with three cost efficient cellular data plan options. The three data allowance packages offer users the flexibility and option to use HangarBot as a Wi-Fi hotspot. “We wanted to offer a practical solution with low monthly data service costs. So, we created a unique system from the ground up that minimizes message size between the server and HangarBot, and by processing the routine tasks directly on Hangarbot” says HangarBot’s inventor and President of Lynk Remote Technologies, Inc., Morgan Walker. Once a HangarBot user is registered with an account, the lowest level data plan is activated, and users can log into their account on hangarbot.com and adjust or cancel the monthly data plan at any time.
     
    “After two years in development, we are excited to lead the aviation industry into a more modern, convenient and connected era with the debut of HangarBot at EAA Airventure. Now, owners can protect and manage the environment around the aircraft easily and with confidence - anywhere in the world.” says Walker.

    (Source: Lynk Remote Technologies news release)

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