Your Guide to Getting Started as a Hangar Host on Daily Hangar

Whether you’re an FBO manager or private hangar owner, renting hangar space to pilots on is a safe, easy, and convenient way to make money.

If you’re a private hangar owner and have extra space for other planes, renting your space can help you pay off your hangar mortgage, or simply put a little more cash in your pocket. And if you’re an FBO manager, having a large inventory of hangar spaces makes your FBO that much more attractive to pilots.

From planning a cross-country trip to needing to quickly get out of a storm, Daily Hangar provides private pilots and their flight desk operators a streamlined platform for finding hangar spaces across the country.

Docking their plane in a safe and secure hangar is important. Tie downs can mean exposure to sun, wind, and hail, which can put wear and tear on expensive planes. Not to mention the possibility of vandalism or theft.

The aviation world’s need for more hangar spaces is there. Before you can start booking reservations, you’ll need to get set up as a hangar host with Daily Hangar.

Our online dashboard makes getting started simple. Below we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to get set up as a hangar host — from initial sign up and adding your hangar details to setting up your payout options.

Step 1: Signup

Signing up with Daily Hangar is the first step. You’ll select whether you’re a pilot or host (or both) and provide us with some basic information like your name and email.

Once you enter all the necessary details and click the “Sign Up Today” button, you’ll be redirected to your personal dashboard to manage all hangar reservations.

Step 2: Check Out Your Dashboard

Your personal dashboard is where you can navigate to wherever you need to go as a hangar host.

This is where you’ll add your hangar details, manage your upcoming reservations, read and respond to messages from pilots, receive payment, read and request reviews, and more.

Step 3: Add Your Hangar

Now it’s time to add your hangar. Click on the “My Hangar” tab at the top of your dashboard to get started.

Following the instructions below, you’ll be asked to do things like post a picture of your hangar inside and out, provide dimensions of the hangar and hangar door, provide proof of ownership, and other details to give your hangar an accurate presentation. While some options aren’t required, they do help a renter know more about your hangar and feel safe about renting from you.

Below we’ll guide you through each step in adding your hangar.

Create a Unique and Descriptive Hangar Name

Maybe your hangar is best for larger jet aircraft, or is located just outside of a big city. Create a unique and descriptive hangar name that lets pilots know what you’re offering.

Add Airport Name or Closest Airport

If you’re an FBO owner, you’ll add the name of the airport that you’re based out of. If you’re a private hangar owner, you’ll list the airport where your hangar is located.

Add Your Hangar’s GPS Coordinates

If you’re unsure of the exact GPS coordinates of your hangar, you can use our tool below to easily find out.

Add Your Existing Hangar Website (if applicable)

If you’re an FBO or aircraft facility, you may already have a website for your hangar offerings. Add that website address below.

Designate The Type of Hangar You Have

Choose from 3 types of hangars: A single-space hangar, corporate hangar, or plane port.

Add Size of Hangar & Hangar Door in Feet

This will help pilots know if your hangar and hangar door are the right fit for their plane. Pilots must know the size of their plane to make a reservation, a plane obviously must be able to fit through the door.

Choose Enclosure Type

This helps pilots understand what style of hangar you have, and the type of protection it will offer their plane.

Add Hangar Amenities

Finally, you’ll add a written description to help paint a picture of what your hangar is like for interested pilots, and add 3-5 photos to showcase your hangar. You’ll also select which amenities your hangar has: tug, lights, power, parking.

Step 4: Hangar Directions, Security/Access Information & Mailing Address

After adding your hangar details, you’ll scroll down to three text boxes.

Hangar Directions

The first box is where you’ll add directions to help pilots find your hangar upon landing.

Example: “Upon landing, navigate toward the northern corner of the airport. On the left side, we are the second to last hangar, with the blue door. You can call my cell with any questions while taxiing to the hangar.”

Security Access/Information

The second box is your security/access information. This is where you will give pilots instructions about how to enter the hangar space.

Example: “If I’m not available, the door will be locked. The lockbox passcode is 2114. There is road access through the back door of the hangar. Please be sure to keep all doors locked during your reservation.”

Mailing Address

Last, you can add your hangar’s mailing address, if applicable.

Step 5: Add Hangar Costs & Waitlist Option

Next, you’ll scroll down and set the rental cost for your hangar. The price will be based on plane types, as you’ll see below:

Below this, you’ll be able to designate whether you want your hangar to have a waitlist option. The waitlist feature allows pilots to connect with hangars that are accepting overflow reservation requests, even if their hangar is full. Select the box if you would like to add this feature to your hangar.

Step 6: Save Hangar Details

Be sure to select the “Save Hangar Details” button at the bottom of the page to save your information. After you select this button, you’ll be taken back to your dashboard. Your hangar listing will show up in your “My Hangar” tab, as shown below.

Note: Once you set up your hangar, it will not be an active listing until Daily Hangar has approved your hangar for the website.
From here, you can edit your current hangar, add a new hangar, or manage your hangar’s layout.

Step 7: Choose a Layout Type for Your Hangar

When you choose “Manage Layouts” next to your hangar listing, you’ll be redirected to the hangar layout page. Designating possible layouts for your hangar can help you maximize your rental bookings by letting pilots know the many different options your hangar provides.

A hangar layout is a combination of different plane types (sizes) that can fit in your hangar at one time. We use these hangar layout designations to help you fill your hangars with the correct number of planes without over-booking. This also helps keep you from needing to change your hangar availability constantly.

An example of how one hangar might use four hangar layouts is as follows:

  • Hangar layout 1: Four Type-1 planes
  • Hangar layout 2: Two Type-2 planes
  • Hangar layout 3: Two Type-1 planes & One Type-2 plane
  • Hangar layout 4: One Type-3 plane

If you’re looking for more clarity about our plane types, be sure to click on the video tutorial link.

Step 8: Add Profile Information to Account

Your profile information lets our community of pilots and hangar hosts learn more about you. On top of that, your contact information is important for pilots to get in touch with you with any questions about your hangar when checking in or out.

Beyond basic information like your name, email and phone number, you can add a profile bio and profile picture so folks can get to know you a little better.

Step 9: Add Payment Information

Now for the most important part — getting your payout information set up so you can get money from your hangar rentals.

From your Dashboard, click on the “Account” tab on the far right. Here you’ll connect your bank account with our Stripe tool to get a direct deposit after every reservation.

Step 10: Say Hello to Reservations

Once your hangar listing has been approved by Daily Hangar and your payout information is set up, you can start receiving reservations from verified pilots.

As a hangar host, your reservations will show up in the box to the right, with the tabs “Reservations” and “Waitlist” (if you chose this option).

If you’re also a pilot who uses Daily Hangar to rent hangars for your own trips, your upcoming reservations will be on the right under “Upcoming Reservations.”

Congratulations! You are now an official hangar host and are ready to start making money on your extra hangar space.

If you have questions about any of the steps above, we’re here to help. Scan our Help Center to get answers to frequently asked questions, or feel free to give us a call or send us an email »

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Store Your Private Plane Outside

Whether you’re taking off for a leisurely weekend trip or for business, you have a few different choices for storing your private plane once you land. With over 5,000 airports in the continental United States, some the services at each airport may vary greatly. Plus, availability (or knowledge of availability) and the prices of options to store your plane can vary greatly.

Some pilots prefer to use tie-downs located in dedicated aircraft parking lots across the country. Tie-downs are cheap (or even free in some cases), accessible, and easy to use.

However, storing your plane outside or using a tie-down has its drawbacks. Exposure to the elements could lead to quicker deterioration of your aircraft, which could mean higher maintenance costs over time. Not to mention the price of theft or vandalism to your plane. Both of these risks can lead to costly maintenance repairs that you can avoid by storing your plane in a hangar.

On top of this, extreme weather patterns are increasingly becoming more frequent. Pilots and flight desk operators need to make sure they not only have a smart flight plan, but that they have a smart ground-plan for protecting their plane when they need to land.

Here are the potential risks of storing your plane outside, and how you can prolong the life of your plane and save money by using a private hangar.

Increasingly Extreme Weather Patterns

Unpredictable and violent weather occurrences are more frequently being posted on social media outlets and weather resource websites. Regardless of whether this information sharing is because of increasingly irregular weather patterns or because we have more technological platforms to share information, being stuck in a storm mid-air could lead to devastating outcomes. Before taking off, pilots and/or their flight desk operators spend time putting together flight plans for that very reason.

The climate data below is from Denver, CO, from 2010 to April 2019. The graphs depict temperature and precipitation data for the current time period, measured against historical averages.*
*(2016 data was partial).

We can take away 3 important observations from these 10 years’ worth of data:

  1. Weather is cyclical;
  2. Some years are drought-heavy, while others are precipitation heavy. Others are well balanced (2010 for example), and
  3. Temperatures generally follow the trend lines. However, the amplitudes of the temperature differences in minimum and maximum seem to be increasingly larger.

Even with this data. we can see that weather is constantly shifting from year to year and month to month, providing pilots with an ever-changing challenge when taking flight. This is why flight plans are so important.
However, one thing that pilots and flight desk operators can forget is a ground plan. What do you do with your aircraft when you’re not in flight?

Risk of Weather Damage

When you use an outdoor tie-down, your plane is vulnerable to harsh weather patterns. Although private planes are industrious in the face of most weather events, prolonged exposure can lead to quicker deterioration and more maintenance costs over the life of the aircraft.

Whether it’s a windy fall morning in Maine, a cold snowy evening in the Midwest, or a hot summer day in the Rockies, any of these conditions can add wear and tear to your aircraft. And high-altitude environments with harsh UV exposure can add extra stress to the exterior of your plane.

Exposure to high UV rays can dull your paint job, fade your decals, damage acrylic windows, and reduce the life of fabric coverings. Meanwhile, extreme cold and snow can damage any wood or fabric details, while hail can damage metal exteriors.

Storing your plane in a hangar means prolonging the life and health of your plane. Plus, if you’re about to fly out on a particularly warm, wet, or frigid day, your plane will be dry and comfortable when you hop inside.

Risk of Vandalism and Pests

What do vandals, thieves, and vermin all have in common? Complete access to your private plane when you use an outdoor tie-down.

Private planes are far from a cheap investment. The last thing you want to worry about is having parts of your plane broken or stolen. If your plane is vandalized in any way without your detection, it could pose a serious risk to your safety when you fly.

One lesser-known risk for storing your plane outdoors is the ability for animals and other vermin to weasel into your plane. Whether they chew on certain parts, leave droppings, or get stuck and perish, you don’t want to find out your plane has a mice problem once you’re 10,000 feet in the air.

Airports are often much more secure than tie downs, with fences or other security measures in place. Ideally, airports should be well-lit, have motion-activated lighting, cameras, and all employees should be trained to be watchful for crime. But that doesn’t always prevent theft or vandalism.

Recently, avionics were stolen out of at least 16 aircraft in Aurora, Missouri. The total value of the lost items is estimated to be close to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Risk of Higher Maintenance and Repair Costs

Damage caused by exposure to the elements or by damage or theft both lead to the third risk of storing your private plane outside: higher and more frequent maintenance and repair costs.

Repainting your sun-baked airplane or replacing a cracked window after a hail storm isn’t cheap. Neither is replacing or fixing broken or stolen parts.

Using a tie-down for your aircraft may seem like the cheaper option at first blush. But when you add up the potential costs associated with storing your plane outside, using a hangar can save you money over time.

Parking in a hangar will help protect your aircraft from both weather damage and the risk of vandalism and theft. But not all airports will have private hangars available when you need them. And if a bad storm is rolling in, availability may be sparse and the price may be high.

That’s where Daily Hangar comes in. We are growing a community of available transient hangar spaces that are identifiable on a map. We provide detailed descriptions of each hangar, available amenities, pricing, and availability specific to your aircraft.

We are continuing to build our network of private hangars and FBOs across the country, allowing pilots and flight desk operators to book hangars in advance. We’re here to help you get the access you need to a hangar for your aircraft whenever you need it.

Get answers to our most frequently asked questions about booking a hangar today »