Posted by: sHeli-Port™ Insights | April 14, 2014

Safety and storage of your helicopter

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Safely storing a helicopter is not an easy feat. Rotor blades and tail rotors in particular are exposed to hangar rash germs. While researching better storage solutions for helicopters, I had the chance to speak to a lot of people about their experiences, struggles, and expenses.

At the recent Helix-Expo, I was told about a guy whose parked helicopter blew off the dock and into the lake at his vacation home. A friend of mine had his new helicopter parked at his beach home when a summer thunderstorm came out of nowhere. He knew he couldn’t fly it away since he had been enjoying a well-deserved Budweiser. We were grateful that the storm left as quickly as it came, without hail.

Hangar rash is an unfortunate side effect of hangars. A typical hangar is occupied with more than one aircraft, and often, complete strangers will have access. Sometimes they move your aircraft to get theirs out the door. Let’s also not forget that many airport hangars are not designed for helicopters, they are fixed wing “T” hangars. Even those with private hangars expose their ships to all the “stuff” they store alongside it. Objects that aren’t tied down can damage the aircraft. It’s a question of when. As we know, these fixes all come with very expensive price tags!

Storage solutions for helicopters aren’t always plentiful, but we all have stories to tell. I’d love to hear yours. Tell me your helicopter storage stories—both hits and misses!


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