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48 airportbusiness August/September 2018 HANGAR DEVELOPMENT that effect short and long term demand, such as a runway closure of a nearby airport for construction. Align your Airport Lease Though most FBOs do not undertake hangar development without adequate time remaining on a lease to amortize said capital improvement, another box to be checked in the diligence process is exploring if a potential lease extension with the airport is available. Rare is the airport that shuns private sector development on its leaseholds, as such investment adds value to the users of the airport itself, and the improvements are usually reversionary at the end of lease term. It’s a win-win for an airport. Because of that, many airports will consider lease extensions for leasehold improvements by lessees, such as an FBO. And, while long term leases tend to need to go before a local municipality, airport authority or other governing body for approval, many airports themselves are empowered to unilaterally make short term lease extensions, so long as the term is under a certain threshold. Hence, while a new 35 year lease may take literally years of negotiation to finalize, an Airport Director may be empowered to execute a short term extension, such as five to ten years with the proverbial stroke of a pen. CLOSE THE DOOR ON HANGAR PROBLEMS By Jason Myrvik Avoid being grounded by using these door maintenance tips. IT'S A beautiful day for flying. The flight plan is filed and airplane checks are done. A push of a button and the hangar door will open to the airfield. That’s how it should happen. But, without regular maintenance checks, there could be a headache ahead rather than blue skies. Regular hangar door maintenance checks and services will prevent problems and the downtime and expense that come with them. After all, it’s much cheaper and faster to prevent a problem than to fix one. These tips will help do just that. 1. Take a wide-angle view. Before each use, look over the whole door for any damage. Ensure the hinges, rollers and structure all appear serviceable. 2. Examine the movement mechanisms. On bi-fold doors, ensure the cables or straps track correctly over the drum before each use. Each month, do a closer visual inspection of the cables or straps to look for frays, tears or breaks. Check the cable tension by pulling each away from the door while it’s closed, ensuring the straps are equally taut. Confirm, too, that the cables or straps hold the door in a straight, vertical position when it’s closed. If any adjustments are needed, be sure to do it while the door remains closed. For hydraulic doors, inspect the lines, hoses and cylinders for leaks, and repair anything that’s out of spec. 3. Grease and oil. Each year, grease the door’s operating mechanism and lubricate the hinges. On hydraulic doors also check the oil reservoir before operation and, if it’s low, refill with hydraulic fluid. Also inspect the gearbox fluid level and drive chains for proper alignment. If the gearbox is low on lube, check that none of the seals are leaking and then follow the manufacturer’s instructions for viscosity and quantity of gear lube. The drive chains should be lubricated every six months, if needed. 4. Latch on to durability. If the door doesn’t have automatic latches, make sure the manual ones fully disengage before opening. Some manufacturers simplify this maintenance point by using a single manual latch rather than two. No matter the number or style, ensure the latches remain tight against the door jamb, which will prevent potential injury or damage in the event of strong winds. 5. Look and listen. When opening and closing the door, watch the motor and brakes to ensure both aren’t over-working or dragging. Listen for anything that sounds different from the norm. If something sounds off, consult the owner’s manual or call the dealer or manufacturer. Midland Door Solutions Check the cables and straps on bi-fold doors monthly to look for frays, tears or breaks that could impact the door's performance.

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