Best places for cheap hangars?

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  1. MarkH

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    I work remotely, and I am currently on hangar wait lists at multiple airports on both coasts (and have been for 3-6 years depending on the airport).

    I am currently shopping for my next plane, and I find myself asking the question "What if I went to the hangar instead of waiting for a hangar to open up near me)".

    I am mostly looking at renting, though I am open to buying a hangar home if it is cheap enough and nice enough to overcome my distaste for home ownership.

    Where would POA suggest one look for cheap hangar space?
     
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    Probably someplace away from major city areas, lower population. Seems that you need a hanger somewhat close to where you live - unless you go full Burt Munro and live in the hangar.
     
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    Yeah I'd probably surf Hangar trader or a similar site and track cheapest rents or purchase prices.

    Get far enough into the boonies and you might just buy the whole thing for 10 grand or so.
     
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    I'd be happy to help. Send me a PM with your requirements.
     
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  5. MarkH

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    That would be ideal, I was thinking maybe a cot on a lofted storage area.

    As for close to where I live, my house literally has wheels, so assuming I can drive there from Las Vegas, and hookup my RV somewhere, its on the table.
     
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    I would presume working remotely would require a reliable high speed internet connection. So somewhere rural, with cheap hangars, and broadband internet availability. That may narrow things down quite a bit.
     
  7. MarkH

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    Even living in Vegas, I am using Starlink and T-mobile for my internet, so that doesn't limit things as much as you would expect.
     
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    For the most part, you're looking to live in red counties if you want cheaper hangars.
     
  9. robin ardoin

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    3R7, Jennings LA $175 per month for a T hangar. You can get to Vegas from there...;)
     
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    7M7 cheep hangars.
     
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    This is a bad thing?

    Mine is $268/month w electric and it's in blue territory
     
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    Move into an airpark. The hangar comes free with the house.
     
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    With the prices I have seen for airpark homes, you are suggesting some expensive free hangars.

    If I could find an airpark home with hangar for less than $250K I would consider it, but most I have seen are over $500K or closer to a million.
     
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    Got a citation for that? Or are you just trolling?
     
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    Up north from what I’ve seen. Oshkosh has T hangars for $1600/yr. Cheapest I’ve seen.

    Assume it’s because quite a few months are practically unflyable.
     
  16. EdFred

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    For some it may be. Red usually equals rural, and it seems like the biggest complainants of costs love city life.
     
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    The midwest seems to have plenty of lower cost opportunities. My hangar rent is $157.50 per month in Peoria, IL.
     
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    1970's. I currently pay $220.00 a month for a t-hangar with electricity. SE WA state.
     
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    Huh? What months would those be?
     
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    Hmmm…. Fine. Let me rephrase…

    Are you related to any polar bears or artic Sasquatch? If so, never mind what I said. All lies.

    If you’re normal… or a oyster eater that tracks the “R” months…. them plus a few.

    Hand propping the 120 in the background of my profile pic was a losing proposition below 20 degrees, and therefore considered an unflyable day. Good exercise though. And after a few thousand flips (well, truthfully, 3 flips and a squish, repeated ad nauseum), didn’t feel so cold.
     
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    I fly every month of the year when my schedule allows, and I'm on the other side of the big lake from OSH. All that happens different for the most part is I use a preheater and trickle charger in the winter months.
     
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    Oh. Now you’re talking the “seven Ps”, which includes planning… I don’t have that gene.
     
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  24. Brad Z

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    It's not really about politics, it's about demographics. Take a look at a red versus blue county U.S. map and you'll see that nearly every states--even the bluest of blue states like New York and California--have red counties. As Ed mentioned, they tend to be smaller rural areas with lower incomes, lower property expenses, lower property taxes, and lower population density. With less property value comes less strain to develop and close existing airports, and less opportunity costs for an airport to remain an airport. Also poorer counties like the federal money for the airports, and the promise of economic development by keeping the airport.

    This all means that there are more GA airports per capita in rural areas than urban areas. High supply of airports (and hangars), low demand (ie serving fewer local pilots) means low costs.
     
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    Many rural airports took fed money to build hangars but don't have enough based aircraft to fill them. Look away from metro areas and finding the hangar is the easy part. Now, often these fields dont have a maintenance shop, so so should know at s minimum how to change spark plugs and a battery.
     
  26. MarkH

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    Those are the airports I am looking for, I just don't know where to look.
     
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    Pick a city, draw a circle whose radius is a 90 minute drive. Look outside that circle.
     
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    Define city.

    Grand Rapids is 200,000 (650,000 in the county), Class C, and 20 minutes away are hangars for under $200/mo.
     
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    Dunno, it was a WAG. Bravo airspace? I'm sure there are exceptions.
     
  30. MooneyDriver78

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    When I was looking a few years ago in FL/TN, there was nothing.

    Hangars requires almost no ongoing maintenance, they’re basically money printing machines, but for some reason the airport management can’t see this.
     
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    Electoral map ;-)

    In the greater scheme hangar fees are not a big item. I pay $450 in the DC burbs and $110 at work. Relative to the total cost of ownership of an aircraft that's not a factor to guide where I want to live.
     
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    Availability is more of an issue than price, but I figure if I am going to move to find a hangar, might as well move find one at a good price.
     
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    You and I must live in a very different rural environment. Every airport I’ve been based at plus all the others in the area are always full. Unfortunately, many are full of aircraft that rarely, if ever fly, but they’re full nonetheless.

    Im sure there are some rural airports out there with space but I don’t think it is as plentiful as is believed.
     
  34. GeorgeC

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    I dunno, $5400 is $5400... That's a sushi dinner every week, or some arugula from whole foods ;)

    Also, where? FME quoted me north of 500, I'm sure it will be more when I get off the list, someday... maybe when I retire...
     
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    The phrase "cheap hanger" is an oxymoron. The only place you can get a cheap hanger is somewhere where no one would deliberately live.:D OK, maybe that's a little harsh.
    I'm paying $445.00 a month at KPOU (Hudson Valley Regional) for a hanger with one light bulb and one electrical outlet. The door opens and closes (so far) if I hold the button down. It's 15ish minutes from my house. For $10.00 a month less I can get one at 44N (Sky Acres). Maybe the door will work. The doors didn't on the 3 hangers I looked at. That would be 20ish minutes from my house.

    What are the rest of you paying?
     
  37. Alien Mind

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    A short drive from your current location in Las Vegas; Sandy Valley airpark, all mobile (manufactured...) homes, under or around 250k. I almost bought there but chickened out and my poor plane now lives in what the county run North Las Vegas airport laughingly call a 'shade hangar'.
     
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    Cheap and available aren’t usually used together for hangars that are a reasonable distance from civilization.
     
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    At a minimum, ads from "red" counties and "blue" counties showing the rental rates.

    If you're going to make a definitive statement, you should be able to back it up with something.
     
  40. Morgan3820

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    So where do you find advertised rental rates for aircraft hangers listed? So you offer citations with every statement that you make in casual conversation? I perceive that there is something more to your request than the gathering of information.