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August/September 2018 airportbusiness 49 HANGAR DEVELOPMENT A short term extension is especially appropriate if an FBO is in mid-lease cycle, but market demand clearly dictates – and the market study concludes- that a new hangar development is the right course of action. For example, with 15 years to go on a lease or less, few would voluntarily undertake a major hangar development - even if market conditions demonstrate a demand. Yet a 10 year extension literarily changes the math, and can breathe new life into such a project. Finally, additional discussion points for the hangar development lease extension conversation with airport may include a reasonable ground rent abatement or reduced lease rates during construction. In the next installment in this hangar development series, we’ll discuss selecting a design-build partner and creating a pro forma financial model. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Douglas Wilson Douglas Wilson is the president and founder of FBO Partners, LLC, an aviation consultancy providing business management advisory services to Fixed Base Operations (FBOs.). Wilson can be reached at douglas. wilson@fopartners.com 6. Put the brakes on. While closing the door, hit stop when it’s 4 or 5 feet from the ground and observe if it stops right away or coasts a few inches. Over time, the gearbox teeth can wear and cause the door to continue to move. If the door coasts 3 inches or more, a brake system will need to be maintained or added. 7. Keep it taut and tight. On bi-fold doors, look over the belts, sprockets, chains and chain links each month for damage, ensuring everything is properly aligned and tensioned. If it’s not, contact a dealer for service. For hydraulic doors, inspect the fittings on the hydraulic lines and hoses every three months to ensure they are tight. Also check the hydraulic pressure during operation. On both door styles, ensure receivers and remotes are undamaged. 8. Don’t skimp on the opening. The limit switch, which controls where the door stops when opened or closed, may need to be reset occasionally if the door stops just shy of closing or doesn’t go up all of the way. Manufacturers typically provide adjustment instructions in operator’s manuals, but some manufacturers ensure it’s at the user’s fingertips, placing the instructions under the control box cover. If the limits are off, avoid slippage by ensuring that the control box sprocket screw is tight and the chain tension is correct. For added safety, use override switches that will stop the door from moving past its fully open point should the limit switch fail. 9. Check on safety. Look over the safety guards and shields every to ensure they are installed correctly over the operating system’s lifting drums, chains and sprockets as well as over the automatic latch components. If the door uses manual latches, test them by holding the switch while attempting to open the door; the door should not move. Also, ensure all safety decals are still in place and readable. 10. Keep an eye on it. Regularly clean the photo eyes and sensing edges, which detect objects in the door’s path, to ensure the door continues to open smoothly. Just like any other piece of equipment, repairs tend to be needed more frequently as a door ages. If repairs are needed every six to 12 months, it will be worthwhile and more cost-efficient to explore purchasing a new door. When that time comes, work with an experienced manufacturer that will manage the entire process, from carefully checking the building’s specs and providing a design and accurate estimate to engineering a safe, all-steel door to fit the opening. Their service shouldn’t end there but should continue through the installation and finish work as well as after-sale check-ins to address any concerns. When choosing a new door, ask about maintenance-friendly options and modern conveniences, such as override systems, high wind-load ratings, automatic latches, brake systems, insulation and door liners, photo eyes, sensing edges, walk-through doors and windows and variable speed drive systems. Whether new or old, periodic checks will ensure the hangar door operates safely and efficiently for years to come.  Jason Myrvik is the general manager at Midland Door Solutions, which manufactures and installs bi-fold and hydraulic doors for new and existing buildings. He has more than 17 years of industry experience. As general manager, he oversees the manufacturing and installation departments, ensuring the best customer service from door design to production to on-site installation. Contact him at Jason@MidlandDoorSolutions.com. A proper maintenance program for your hangar doors can keep your operations running smoothly. Midland Door Solutions

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