Fort Lauderdale Aircraft Hangar Lawsuit Attorneys Protecting Hangar Keepers and Airplane Owners from Pitfalls and Expensive Lawsuits
Aircraft hangars—storage for airplanes and related accessories and equipment–do multiple jobs simultaneously. Hangars offer storage for planes, delicate aviation machinery, technology, and space for maintenance and upkeep.
Airplane owners use hangars for storage and maintenance, while hangar keepers purchase hangars to rent out to airplane owners. Aero Law Center helps hangar keepers comply with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), coordinate acquisition deals, mitigate lawsuits, and facilitate hangar rental agreements.
When conducting business in a hangar, the FAA legally allows the following activities:
- Aircraft storage
- Shelter for aircraft maintenance, repair, and refurbishment
- Storage for aircraft handling equipment
- Storage of related materials such as skydiving equipment, teaching tools, and office equipment
Additionally, we help airplane owners comply with hangar rental agreements and offer legal representation when airplane owners experience airplane damage inside a hangar.
For hangar-related incidents, transactions, or other business needs, hangar keepers and airplane owners choose Aero Law Center and our experienced aviation lawyers. To discuss a hangar lawsuit, FAA compliance, or another issue, schedule a consultation for immediate access to our firm: 954-869-8950.
What is the Purpose of an Aircraft Hangar?
Aircraft hangars provide a safe place for airplanes to “land.” Hangars offer protection from bad weather, damage, theft, and vandalism and provide a place for aviation maintenance technicians to conduct maintenance and repair. Commercial airlines have built-in hangars to store and maintain airplanes, and private airplane owners can often rent them out.
Hangars protect delicate, costly, and highly-sensitive aviation equipment and airplanes. When renting or buying an aircraft hangar, it’s wise to consider the most critical and protective features, including:
- Maximum space. Sufficient space is essential so that aviation maintenance technicians can work on repairs and maneuver the plane to prevent damage. This is especially important when multiple planes are in storage.
- High-quality equipment and flooring. Aviation maintenance technicians need appropriate flooring when conducting inspections and other routine operations. Flooring must allow the plane to be lifted off the ground without issue.
- Monitoring Surveillance systems are a plus as they protect hangar keepers from fraudulent claims or errors and help plane owners monitor their planes.
Should I Rent or Buy a Hangar?
Airplane owners can rent or buy a hangar to maintain their planes and protect them from unnecessary damage. Aero Law Center can represent airplane owners negotiating a rental contract or seeking compensation for the damage that occurred to a plane while in a rented hangar. We also assist business people with hangar purchase and rental agreements or defend them against liability claims.
Airplane owners might buy a hangar so they don’t have to share a space with other airplanes after poor hangar rental experiences. Shared hangar spaces often crowd too many planes, resulting in unnecessary damage to the aircraft.
Whether an airplane owner or hangar keeper is looking for assistance with a hangar rental agreement or hangar acquisition, our experienced attorneys will ensure smooth deal-making. As the purchase of a hangar is more involved than a rental agreement, clients choose Aero Law Center to facilitate a purchase agreement with appropriate terms and conditions to eliminate misunderstandings. Our services include:
- Identifying all parties involved
- Identifying the hangar and specific details, from location to size to defects. Photos are helpful if anything needs to be documented for reference.
- Including purchase price with details regarding the method of payment, whether it’s financing or cash
- Drafting closing documents
- Conducting pre-closing inspection and due diligence, a stage that warrants the time and attention of an aviation lawyer to expose any issues
When hangar keepers want to acquire a hangar to rent to airplane owners or airplane owners agree with a hangar keeper, Aero Law Center is hired to ensure a smooth transaction for either party. We draft and review all necessary legal documents, discuss potential liabilities, and facilitate open and transparent communication throughout the deal.
What is Hangar Rash?
Hangar rash causes airlines billions of dollars every year in unnecessary repairs.
A commonly used term in the aviation industry, “hangar rash,” is the result of damage to an airplane inside the hangar when it’s being towed or moved. An aircraft might also experience impairment in the hangar due to falling parts, weather conditions, and debris. Hangar rash is more common in shared hangar spaces as planes are constantly moved in and out to pack as many as possible into the hangar.
When hangar rash occurs, hangar employees, maintenance technicians, and fueling truck employees are often the first to blame. As a hangar keeper, you want protection from these types of liabilities, whether the damage to the plane is minor or significant. Damages financially fall on the shoulders of a hangar keeper.
As a plane owner who has suffered damage, on the other hand, you may need legal assistance to get the compensation you deserve.
If you are a plane owner with damage due to a hangar-related incident or a hangar keeper looking to protect your business from vulnerable liabilities, Aero Law Center can help. Schedule a consultation to discuss your potential case or concerns: 954-869-8950.
How Can an Aviation Lawyer Help Me with a Hangar Lawsuit?
There are two types of people that we help related to hangar lawsuits: airplane owners and hangar keepers or owners of a hangar. Lawsuits happen for many reasons, and both parties need protection from the costly consequences.
Airplane owners who store their planes in a hangar are subject to unexpected incidents such as damage, vandalism, bad weather, and more. The damage to an airplane can cost thousands to millions of dollars, impacting a plane’s overall resale value.
Aero Law Center helps airplane owners make a claim against hangar keepers when their aviation equipment gets unexpectedly damaged.
For a hangar keeper, on the other hand, damage to an airplane owner’s plane—also known as hangar rash—can drive up insurance costs and result in out-of-pocket expenses to fix and repair the damages. These incidents can negatively impact a hangar keeper’s business and drain resources quickly.
Aero Law Center works with hangar keepers when purchasing or renting a hangar for business purposes, ensuring the purchase agreement is enforceable and terms and conditions are legally clear for both parties. When an airplane owner infringes on the deal, we help hangar keepers rectify any wrongdoing or seek restitution when applicable.
Aero Law Center represents operators and hangar keepers in a variety of circumstances. Call us to book a consultation today: 954-869-8950.