Creature Comforts

If you are lucky enough to own a plane, you are lucky enough. If you have an enclosed T-hangar at your home airport, you are really lucky. Many airports have long waiting lines for hangars, and they are usually very expensive once your name comes to the top of the wait list.

Once you are able to buy or lease a hangar of your own, the first thing you want to do is create an environment that is comfortable and functional for yourself and passengers. Also a place where you can hang out and socialize with other pilots when you are not flying.

For me, having a fully stocked refrigerator, some comfortable chairs, a large floor fan and some storage for tools is important.

My ‘fridge is stocked with bottled water, cervesas, Gatorade and Coke Zero Cherry flavored drinks. Perfect for those passengers about to embark on a longer flight, or as a refreshment after returning home.

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The next best investment we made was to purchase a Power Tow EZ40 gas tug. Pushing 3,000 pounds of aluminum up an inclined ramp into the hangar is challenging, especially with leather soles.

The unit clamps onto the nose gear axel, and moves up to 4,000 pounds quickly and easily. It starts on the first pull, and I use sumped avgas as its fuel supply.


And of course, no hangar is complete without the requisite #hangardog, just for company.


Now all that I am lacking is that 4 burner stainless steel gas grill!

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