A Hangar Construction Checklist

aircraft inside hangar house

aircraft inside hangar houseAircraft hangars store aircraft, where mechanics and other attendants would service them. Obviously, such a massive shed is extremely expensive, and safety considerations are more stringent than other regular warehouses.

While you do not necessarily buy an aircraft hangar – rather, you would hire contractors to build one – you still need to bear in mind safety precautions for both your aircraft and yourself.

The following tips may help you.

Material Strength

First check the strength of the material used in the construction. After all, hangars house an aircraft (or a fleet of such), which are by no means cheap.

To choose the materials for it, most contractors use steel, but you have to remember the climatic conditions of the place as well. It is advisable to go for steel hangars in extremely cold climates, as steel is generally weather-resistant. Similarly, in windy places, light timber hangars with steel frames withstand windy conditions.

In other words, any hangar that you buy should be strong enough to protect your aircraft from any vagary of the weather.

Structure and Design

The hangar front should also be suitable to protect the aircraft’s propellers, which is one of the most important components of any non-jet aircraft.

While buying the hangar, always check out its floor area, as these can cause tripping hazards from air hoses, electrical cords and floor grates. Check whether there are provisions for having electrical cords and air hoses that are overhead retractable. Make sure that your hangar floor is free of rags and other assorted debris that an aircraft prop or engine could suck into it.

Moreover, there should be ample space to carry ladders or steer push carts when the aircraft is undergoing service or repair. This will prevent overcrowding, as aircraft maintenance needs a team of technicians who need ample space for mobility.

In sum, when you construct your hangar, you need to bear three things in mind: space, materials and safety. Safety here is of utmost importance, as countless accidents happen in hangars.

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