Secure Shelter for Light & Commercial Aircraft
As a pilot, you would rather be out flying rather than doing repairs or maintenance on the ground any day— but protecting your investment from harsh weather elements like sun, rain, snow, ice and even hail is a top priority.
A pre-engineered metal hangar building is the perfect solution for safe, secure and sturdy storage of private and commercial aircrafts of all sizes. Prefab hangar buildings provide the greatest possible storage space to accommodate one or multiple aircraft with a variety of heights and wingspans.
In planning the design of your hangar, take time to consider your aircraft storage needs both now and in the future. How many aircraft will you need to store in the hangar? Do you plan on upgrading to a larger aircraft, or purchasing additional aircraft in the future? What amenities would you like in your hangar? What other uses will your hangar perform – repairs, maintenance etc. A pre-engineered steel aircraft hangar can be a multi-purpose building. They can be used for everything from airplane storage to servicing, and can be customized to include everything from a workshop, to a waiting lounge area, office space, training area, pilot briefing rooms, and more.
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Why Steel for Hangars?
- Strength: Steel is one of the strongest construction materials available on the market, and provides maximum stability and resilience against even the strongest winds. Using only the highest quality steel and premium components, these hangars provide incredible strength with straight walls, square corners and sturdy studs and joists. Although a lightweight material, a metal hangar is always well-secured and bolted to its concrete foundation, ensuring strength and protection against even the strongest winds.
- Durability: steel aircraft hangars are resistant to mold growth, mildew, and termites, and won’t warp or crack, resulting in minimal maintenance and lower ownership costs. Building a steel airplane hangar will save you time now and later, promising years of superior storage and protection.
- Fire Proof: steel is non-combustible, and is the best construction material option for storing a costly investment like an airplane. Prepare to see your insurance premiums drop when you assemble a prefabricated aircraft hangar, and rest easy knowing your airplane is protected from fire damage.
- Speed of Construction: Pilots know the value of speed in the skies, and choosing a hangar is no exception. Manufactured with laser-cut precision, pre-welded, and pre-drilled parts, the components of a pre-engineered hangar building can be fitted together and erected quickly and easily. Whether you choose to construct it yourself, or hire a contractor, know that time is on your side with a prefabricated hangar building.
- Customizable Designs: modern hangars can be custom designed with a plethora of paint colours, trim styles, or finishes to suit your lofty desires. Even the doors and door mechanisms are customizable and self-installable, saving you money in every step of construction. For further information see our hangar door article
Planning Your Hangar Building
An aircraft hangar is unlike any other building project. It’s a very specialized kind of construction, with unique requirements like weight factors, span factors and large hangar door specifications.
As it can be a complicated building project, you may want to consider hiring a contractor who specializes in aircraft hangars to assemble your new building.
Before ordering your hangar, a number of steps must be followed first:
1. The first crucial step you must follow is negotiating leasehold land ownership or a purchase agreement with the airport owner. Typically, leases run between 25 and 30 years, but they can vary from airport to airport. Hiring a lawyer can be useful in securing advantageous lease terms, and can help to establish what will happen after the lease expires. It is also helpful to include a clause in the leasehold agreement to allow the airport owner to be involved in the development project, to ensure building codes, permits and inspection requirements are met.
2. If you will be purchasing airport property, ensure the FAA (if you live in the U.S.) or Transport Canada is involved in early discussions with the airport owner as both agencies have rigorous requirements that must be followed. For example, in the U.S., the FAA must approve the sale of any airport property before construction on a hangar can even begin.
3. Once a leasehold or purchasing agreement has been secured, take time to visit your local municipal building authority to learn which building codes, permits and inspection requirements must be met. Taking part in the final inspection once construction is complete is also top priority to ensure you steel hangar functions correctly before it is put into operation.
Things to Consider:
Although not all of the following design elements will be necessary for your specific steel hangar project, they should be considered during the planning process before construction begins.
- Underground drainage and storm water runoff control
- Underground utility layouts, fire protection sprinkler systems, electric, telephone, cable, sewer, gas piping, and tie-ins to existing systems
- Site grading, contour, excavation, and sub-base material plans
- Concrete hangar foundations
- Ramp, taxiway, and apron paving
- Architectural treatments and material specifications for hangars
- Ramp and hangar lighting
- Security fencing, gates, and personnel walk-through gates
- Parking lots and pedestrian walkways as required
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Hangar kit manufacturers recognize that every plane and pilot have their own special requirements. Make sure you take the time to peruse our special section on Planning Your Steel Hangar to make sure that you understand your own custom requirements when you place your order.
“DIY” Hangar kits are highly customizable too. Hangar door manufacturers even offer self-installable doors and door mechanisms.