I live in Northern Virginia and all the hangers have 2 year waiting lists. How detrimental is it to a canopied Gyroplane to leave it outside tied down? Needless to say, I'd use a good cover purchased from the manufacturer.
I would not like to leave a gyroplane outside for more than a few days even with a nice cover.
In my experience you can often find someone with a fixed wing or helicopter who will share a hangar with a gyroplane because they take up so little room.
I would begin by inquiring with the local EAA chapter and just getting to know people at the airport. There is usually someone there who knows everything that is going on at the airport and knows who has room.
If there is a bulletin board you might post a picture of your aircraft with your request.
The fixed base operator (FBO) may have a line on some hangar space or even a place to park in their hangar. That is usually what I do when traveling cross country.
I have always been able to find hangar space for my clients when they need to store their aircraft at Santa Maria even when they had a five year waiting list.
I have always been able to find hangar space when flying at an airshow.
Thanks for the good advice, Vance. If I share with a fixed-wing, I'll have to push the plane out and back in coming and going to get the gyroplane up off/on the back wall. With this in mind, do you think offering to pay 1/3 of the monthly rent is fare?
Sometimes tee hangars have space for only "half a plane" at the end of the building, where a gyro can easily fit. That's my situation, actually. I just had to explain that my "wingspan" (actually wheelspan) was only about six feet, but that I needed a full 28 feet of length.
Many years ago, here is Dickson; the airport authority built an enclosed T- hanger. At each opposing ends is a 1/2 bay. I approached the authority and offered to sign a 5 year lease, If they would install a 12' tall rollup "garage style" door in the end 1/2 bay. They did and I had my own space with enough room for a small shop.
It was Dead space for them, by installing a rollup door, it become an income producing space. It is a win win situation.
An open-cockpit gyro should definitely not be left outside exposed to rain, hail, and snow, even with a cover. Frankly I don't even think leaving an enclosed aircraft outside in snow is a good idea either.