The Ground Handling Blog

Mototok's blog for Hangar Professionals

Written by Mototok on November 3, 2017 // 4:45 PM

The real airplane hangar cost: buy, build, or rent

Airplanes are generally one of the most expensive assets an individual owns, and are also somewhat of an oddity: while very strong and durable in flight, they are downright fragile on the ground. A corporate aircraft which careens through known icing and turbulence in flight without any issue can be completely destroyed on the ground due to gusting wind. Rain and ultraviolet rays take a toll on aircraft, causing serious damage to the aircraft if left in the elements. But what are the options available to hangar an aircraft, and what are the actual costs of an airplane hangar?


Written by Mototok on September 29, 2017 // 4:58 PM

Remotely controlled aircraft tugs: the future of ground handling

remotely controlled Aircraft Tug

The world of aircraft tugs has changed very little over the past several decades, with tugs remaining essentially unphased by advances in technology. Gasoline engines have largely given way to diesel power, but beyond that aircraft tugs are virtually unchanged since the mid-20th century.


Written by Mototok on September 14, 2017 // 4:15 PM

What you need to know about hangar insurance

Hangar Insurance

Aircraft hangar insurance is not a topic that usually clogs up web browser tabs, or climbs the ranks of Google search metrics. In light of recent natural disasters like hurricane Harvey and Irma, aircraft owners and operators should be cognizant to bring this back to the forefront of their minds.


Written by Mototok on September 4, 2017 // 5:30 PM

Ramp Safety: Mitigating Hazards on the ramp

Foundational to all successful airside operations is ground and ramp safety. All other metrics relating to success (profitability, sustainability, environmental impact, etc.) are marginalized by even a single incident.  There is no magic bullet to providing a safe workspace for airport ground operations; it requires a disciplined, proactive, and measured approach reinforced aggressively by industry-specific training.


Written by Mototok on August 22, 2017 // 4:58 PM

How to Buy Used Aircraft Tugs—the Dos and Don’ts

Used Tugs

Purchasing ground support equipment (GSE) for your airport operation is a big financial decision; GSE are high-cost assets to acquire, to maintain, and to operate. However, the cost of entry into GSE is dwarfed by the value of the aircraft which they support. In the sense of context and scale, the importance of purchasing quality GSE is obvious; aircraft are sensitive pieces of equipment with very precise and exacting tolerances.


Written by Mototok on August 11, 2017 // 4:58 PM

Automated Guided Vehicles and Their Value for Aviation

AGV Mototok

It is very quickly becoming clear to anyone following the tech market trends that autonomous and automated guided vehicles are exploding with exponential growth. Particular to the aviation industry is the Unmanned Aerospace Vehicle (“drone”) market which has absolutely taken the world by storm, far aside the aerospace industry alone.


Written by Mototok on July 26, 2017 // 5:00 PM

10 aircraft hangar manufacturers you should know about


Airplane and helicopter hangars shoulder a tremendous burden; they protect some of the most delicate, sensitive, and valuable machines that any person or company may own. Accordingly, the process of deciding on a particular hangar design and manufacturer is a serious decision which should not be taken lightly. There are a number of questions which need to be answered in order to ensure that the correct design is selected such as size, materials, environmental factors, and even permanency. It is up to each individual operator to determine their specific needs, but here are the 10 aircraft hangar manufacturers that you should know about and consider for future expansion.


Written by Mototok on May 11, 2017 // 3:00 PM

How to save up to 25,000 € on the repair of GSE


Having to repair your GSE is a time and money swallowing trouble. If you can’t count on your equipment at any time and use it whenever you need to it can seriously harm your business. Here’s what you can do to minimize the risk of having to send your aircraft tugs into repair.


Written by Mototok on April 27, 2017 // 2:00 PM

Aircraft hangar design: 5 ways to get the most in and out of it

Different Hangar Designs

An aircraft hangar is much more than just the roof over your plane. It’s a massive factor in terms of safety and revenue. That’s why you should pay particular attention to an aircraft hangar’s design. Here are some of the most important factors you need to consider when buying or building a hangar.


Written by Mototok on April 13, 2017 // 5:33 PM

What tugs for offshore operations need to provide

Helicopter heavy Storm

The wind is blowing, the water is stormy, salt fills the air and you need to land an aircraft and bring it to safety. These challenging situations happen every day on offshore airports all around the world and they call for first-class ground support equipment that can handle the tough conditions at sea. These are the features you should pay attention to.


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