Airport and Hanger Procedures
Airport and Hanger Procedures
Arriving at the Airport
When you arrive at the airport, you may park pretty much where you want, however, there are two posts in the ground in the north parking lot opposite the garage door. Please do not park between these two posts. We like to reserve this area for moving things in and out of the hanger through the garage door.
Please use the Crew door to enter, this is the door between the main office door and the garage door.
If you are the first one there in the morning, disarm the alarm. If you do not, the alarm will go off, ADT will attempt to call. If the phone rings, answer it. You will be asked for the password. If you do not answer the phone, or if you do not have the password, the Sheriff will arrive shortly. Be ready, they may have their guns out if they are answering a burglar alarm and there is someone running around.
If you are new, Tim Boucher is the one who hands out keys to the building and alarm codes. Please see Tim to get started.
General Things to Know
Things to help you get around the airport
We want to be environmentally friendly, therefore we recycle. There are three bins near the garage door, each labled accordingly. Please put aluminum and plastic in the proper bin. Outside, on the north east of the hangar building is the large bins that will be picked up. One is for trash, one is for recycling. Please make sure that items from inside the hangar are put in the proper bin. Put cardboard in the recycle bin.
Just inside the crew door, there is a set of lockers that are assigned to various folks in the hangar. Once assigned, you can use these as you wish. If you don’t have one, and want one, see Josh.
Cessna 182 N953CC
This is Ken’s airplane, it is not a plane to be used without express permission from Ken. No Exceptions.
Do not ever take anything out of this airplane without express permission from Ken. No Exceptions.
It is everyone’s job to help keep the hangar clean. Clean any oil on the floor before you move an airplane should there be any around the tires that would track along the floor if the airplane is moved. Clean oil spots on the floor as you see them. What works best is a little gasoline on a paper towel.
If you are waiting for a bit of weather or other delay, don’t be afraid to find a broom and clean up a little. Or get a brush and clean some of the dust off the equipment and fixtures in the hangar.
Clean up your work area after you have finished doing what ever you were doing.
Clean up any tools you used and put them back up after you are finished. Remember, after you, someone else will need to use these tools.
The outside dumpsters are picked up on Thursdays (as of October 2016). Plan accordingly
Pay attention to what you are doing.
Do not walk around the hangar in the dark.
Do not work around a propeller, engine or hook up a tow bar without first checking to see if the aircraft Master Switch AND Magnetos are OFF.
Clean up oil or other liquid spills before you or someone slips and falls and hurts themselves. When your head hits the concrete, the concrete will win, every time.
Do not use ANY tool or equipment unless you know what you are doing. Don’t assume. Either you know for sure… or you don’t know. If you don’t know, leave it alone and get some help.
Fuel in the hangar – There is a large yellow Flammables cabinet in the hanger underneath the steps to the upstairs offices near the garage door on the north side of the hangar. This is to store fuel (gas, diesel, kerosene) in small gas cans (5 gallon or less). This is where they belong. Not scattered everywhere in the hangar. This is a safety issue. Make it happen.
In the winter, move airplanes in or out of the hangar in groups. Don’t open the hangar door for every airplane. A lot of heat will leave the hanger each time the door is opened. Please keep this to a minimum.
Make sure that the hangar ceiling fans are operating in the winter when the heat is turned on. The air movement caused by the fans prevent all the heat from staying near the ceiling.
In winter, before you leave the hangar, It the outside temperature is forecast to be below 10 degrees F, we need to make sure we leave water running in the bathroom sink so the supply lines doesn’t freeze.
Leaving the fans on in the spring helps keep the birds out.
Electronic Bird Repellant
During the spring season, there is an electronic bird distress call system that should be turned on during the nesting season. This system is pretty good and keeps 90% of birds out of the hangar so that they don’t poop on everything. It gets nasty if they get in and are allowed to set up shop. Our system is made by Bird-X. Operation Manual is here
The hangar overhead lights are to be used as needed. Turn on only the lights over the area in which you need additional lights in order to do your work. Turn them out when finished. In the fall and winter, it may be dark when you arrive at the airport, and you likely will turn on some hangar overhead lights if you are going to be in the hangar. When the sun comes up and lights everything up, and they are no longer needed, turn them off. When you leave to go home or to fly, turn them off.
Make sure the runway light switch is in the “Auto” position in the fall and winter, especially if you think that you may be landing at night.
Yes, we have pilot controlled lighting, however nothing will happen unless the runway light switch is on “Auto”. Although we will do it, no one will be too happy to drive over to get you at Bolton Airport because you landed there because you could not get the lights to come on at Darby Dan.
Operating the Hangar Door
In the summer, the door is generally opened upon arrival at the airport to let in light, and hopefully a breeze.
Do not walk, drive, or move an airplane under the hangar door when it is operating. If something on the door is going to break, it is likely to happen when the door is moving. Trust me, you do not want to be under that door when something breaks.
When opening the door, open it completely. Open it far enough so that the red stripe on the bottom of the counterweights is at the same level as the red horizontal bar on the cage surrounding the counterweights. The purpose of this is to make sure the door is open far enough so that all of our aircraft will clear the door.
To open the door, first open the side braces by turning the lock wheel enough so that the lock will rotate up to the vertical position, then pull the side brace all of the way to the wall until the micro-switch is activated. The micro switch is there to make sure that the door motor will not come into contact with the side brace when it is operating. If the side brace on either side is not open far enough to activate the side brace, the door motor will not operate.
In the winter, we have a flexible tube filled with approximately 3 pounds of air pressure to form a seal at the bottom of the door to reduce any wind or air movement. Upon opening the door in winter with the door seal in operation, go the the east side of the door and close the top valve and then open the bottom valve to release the air pressure. This will deflate the tube seal and allow airplanes to easily roll over it.
Before you close the hangar door, you MUST make sure that there is nothing below the door. DANGER, this door is heavy, it will crush anything that gets in its way.
When closing the hangar door, do every thing opposite. Remember when lowering the door, the fabric is not exactly even and the west side (the right side when you are inside the hangar and looking out the door) will come into contact with the floor first. That means there will be a bit of a gap on the east side (the left side when you are inside the hangar and looking out the door). Make sure that the bottom door roller is weighing down the fabric. It must be tight. If not, and it is windy, the door may rip and fail.
At this time, we do not have a method to raise or close the hangar door when there is a power outage. This is on the list to solve.
Do not short cut any of the items in this section. These procedures are there to prevent problems, make sure nothing is broken, and ensure your safety. Make sure that you understand all of this section before you attempt to move an airplane.
Tractors and Tow Bars
Make sure you ask for help if you have no or little experience in tow bars and towing airplanes. No one wants you to break an airplane, yourself, or someone else.
Always approach an airplane with the tractor engine at idle. If something should go wrong, it is better for that incident to happen slowly than fast.
Always move an airplane with a spotter to watch both sides and the back when moving an airplane into or out of the hangar.
It is OK to leave a tow bar on the single engine airplanes when they are in the hangar. The hand tow bars are short and do not pose much of a trip hazard. The twins however might need to have the tow bar disconnected and placed a little back under the airplane as they are longer.
When an airplane is taken outside, remove the tow bar and immediately take it to the “home” for tow bars on the west hangar door counterweight cage.
Aircraft Turn Limits
Make absolutely sure that you adhere to the turn limits that are marked on the twin engine airplanes so that nothing in the nose gear are damaged. If the nose wheel is turned beyond the limits, the linkage can be broken which may cause the nose wheel to not extend when you land next time. Bad things can happen if these parts are broken.
Make sure you discuss the turn limits with any line crew anytime you are out with an airplane is there is a likelihood of the airplane being moved. Even better yet that you supervise the movement of the airplane. If you are Pilot in Command, you are also responsible for ground movements also.
Resetting Internet Routers
The hangar has two modem/router combos that service the upstairs and downstairs. The downstairs is used by Ken and Debbie along with the WiFi for the hangar. The upstairs router/modem combo is a hardwired connection that runs to the upstairs. All the computers upstairs are hardwired to this connection. Upstairs should have download speeds around 30 megabits per second and upload speeds around 2 megabits per second. The WiFi speeds should be around 20 megabits per second download and 1 megabit per second upload.
Check Internet Modem Lights (At the top of the stairs on the west side of the hangar building) to see if both Broadband 1 & 2 and Service light is solid green on the appropriate ATT Modem,
If yes, proceed to Reboot Modem
If not call AT&T at 1(800) 288-2020
Upstairs account #150390664
Downstairs account #122170101.
Unplug the power cable of appropriate labeled router (upstairs or downstairs) for at least 30 seconds and reconnect power. This will automatically reboot the modem. If lights are not green according to Check Modem Lights above, call AT&T.
Hard Reboot of the Computers
If the internet does not return for the upstairs, you must unplug for 30 seconds the power cable to all of the computers. The switches are located:
underneath the T3500, Z210, Z400, behind Josh’s desk close to the door entry way.
underneath the printer near the T3400,
the one near the water cooler, and
the gray one down in the workroom on the ceiling.
Starting with the Switch under the T3500, plug it back in waiting 30 seconds and then plug all the other switches back in.
If the internet does not return for downstairs or upstairs after Hard Rebooting the computers, use the ipconfig commands to release and renew on the appropriate network.
USE THE FOLLOWING ipconfig commands WITH CAUTION, ONLY PROCEED WITH THESE STEPS IF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH ADVANCED COMPUTER SETTINGS.
Using the ipconfig commands usually don’t work, you will usually end up calling ATT&T anyway.
Open the command window in Windows: cmd.exe
To display the basic TCP/IP configuration for all adapters, type:
To release a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol – assigned IP address configuration for only the Local Area Connection adapter, type:
To renew a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol – assigned IP address configuration for only the Local Area Connection adapter, type:
If those steps do not work, call AT&T and/or Tim Boucher.
Cars in the hangar
It is OK to bring your car into the hanger for the day, or longer if you are going away on an overnight trip. However you MUST keep the ignition key either in the ignition or clearly visible should there be a need to move your car in case there is an emergency or we simply need to move things around in the hangar.
Cats – Our buddys
Cricket (Orange) and Lily (Grey Tabby) are good buddys and normally friendly. However Cricket has all his claws and sharp teeth. He is an onry sort from time to time and gets fixated on something that he wants to do. If you circumvent his intentions, he has a tendency to fight back. Be careful. We have bandaids in the first aid kit should you be a bit careless.
They do have a job, rodent control. Cricket is particularly adept at doing his job. After cleaning the hangar out of any small rodents, he is eager to go outside and find some new ones hiding in the grass. And then bring them into the hangar to eat them. Have your camera ready.
Please try your best to get both of them inside the hangar at the end of the day. There are coyotes about, and they eat cats and other small household pets. And have done so in the past, sadly. Lily is relatively easy to get in as she is your typical ‘scardy cat’. Cricket on the other hand is rather independent. If he wants to stay outside, there is not much you can do to coax him in. Not much choice other than to hope for the best.
The cat litter boxes should be cleaned out at least a couple times each week as well as cleaning and replenishing their water and food. Please take the time to help. If food or litter supplies are low or out, please take the time to either get some or let Mike or Debbie know. If you are the last one to leave on Friday, make sure that there is food and water for them.
Leaving the airport
Please turn out the lights in the office are that you are working in.
If you are last one to leave:
Make sure the hangar door is closed.
Make sure no cats are in any office area.
If cats are outside, put them in.
Make sure all outside doors are locked.
Make sure hanger overhead lights are turned off.
Make sure Runway Lights are in “Auto” position.
Make sure the cats have food and water.
All doors must be closed before you can set the alarm. If in attempting to set the alarm, and you get a zone 2 error, it is likely that the laser beam along the hangar door is being blocked by something. If so, it must be moved in order to set the alarm. If you get any error, it is likely that there is something blocking a door. There is a map of the hangar and alarm zones by each keypad. Refer to this when there is a problem. Tim Boucher is in charge of the alarm system. Big problems, let Tim know. Tim is also the one who hands out keys to the building and alarm codes.
Outside the Hangar
Approximately 50 feet to the northeast of the hangar building, there are two large propane tanks. These are the supply for the heating system for the main offices and the heaters in the ceiling of the hangar. The HVAC system for the upstairs office is a separate AC/Heat Pump and is located on the north side of the building below the north window of the upstairs office. As this is a heat pump, it does not use any propane gas in order to operate.
We should first use the propane tank with the sensor on it (the tank on the xxx side), then switch to the other one when it is low. This will automatically notify the propane company to refill it.
During the heating season, we must check the propane levels on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Currently our propane is supplied by XXXX whose telephone number is XXXXX
By permission granted by Ken and in coordination with the owners of the airport, the “Big Birds” Radio Control (R/C) Club has permission to use the airport to fly their model airplanes. Part of the permission is that through the Academy of Model Aeronotics (AMA), of which all model pilots must be a member of, there is a $5 million insurance liability policy naming Galloway Airport Authority and Darby Dan Farms as “additional insureds”. When the club members are flying at Darby Dan, and you are aware of their presence, take the time to send a text to any aircraft of ours that may be out that they are on the field and should use caution when coming in for a landing. This caution usually means that you overfly the airport so that the model airplane operators can see our aircraft and move their airplanes out of your way.
On the west side of the ramp, there is a gate made with a cable through a plastic pipe. This gate should always be shut when leaving the ramp side of the hangar. This helps prevent unwanted guests from snooping about.
Manuals for Airport Equipment
There is a lot of equipment in the hangar that is used for maintenance and upkeep of the airport. Click here to go to the page where all the scans of the operator manuals are kept.
Things worth mentioning that need to be added to the full text:
-Use of the compressed air piping throughout the hangar.
-Borrowing of tools. -Make sure you sign them out.
-Filling/checking of the hard water salt.
-Use of “company” vehicles
Should you find anything that is not clear or an error, please send an email to: email@example.com
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