5 Tips for Designing Your Personal Aircraft Hangar

Up for a challenge? How about I give you some tips for designing a personal aircraft hangar? While it’s a seemingly complex project, the design and construction process can be simple and inexpensive. While hangers are associated with ‘high-end garages,’ they are valuable assets – an excellent way to minimize maintenance costs while maximizing flying time.

Whether for professional use or as a hobby, an aircraft is a worthy investment – and so is a storage building. With an aircraft hangar, you can comfortably work on your plane at any time. Consider the following tips if you’re looking to design one.

1. Determine How You’ll Use Your Hangar

Though meant for storage purposes, a hanger can also serve other purposes. Therefore, you should consider this when coming up with a design – whether a basic or a sophisticated design.

Such additions as a work area with a bench where you can handle aircraft repairs are worth considering. Others include maintenance areas, office areas, bathrooms, and mezzanines.

The planning phase is, therefore, critical. Make known to your designer how you plan to use your hangar and the unique additions you wish to make.

2. Consider the Size of the Hangar

A little too small? Too large? The worst regret you can ever have is ending up with a hangar of the wrong size. When developing the plan, consider the airport restrictions. At this stage, it would be easier to make adjustments than when at an advanced stage of the project.

Design your hangar to fit different aircraft sizes. Keep the size of your aircraft in mind when deciding the size. Additionally, consider equipment storage and other functions your hangar will play. Include extra space to make it easier for your aircraft to move around the hangar and maneuver it in and out easily.

This space can also come in handy in storing additional things like ATVs, cars, and boats. Consider other additional storage needs, even ones that aren’t craft-related.

3. Don’t Forget Your Electricity Needs

From charging to lighting to powering up equipment, electricity is a critical addition to your hangar. Ensure the design includes a dedicated point where you can charge electronics, or plug in your appliances as you use them. Ensure these points are accessible according to their needs.

Properly positioned electricity outlets will make working easier. Further, outlets in proper positions translate to reduced accidents. For instance, such things as cables carelessly running on the floor might result in electric shocks and falls. Placing them correctly will help avoid this.

4. Carefully Select Your Doors

Choose doors that allow easy entry and exit of aircraft in your hangar. The type and size of the hangar door are critical elements for better functionality of your hangar. Bigger doors are always a better option.

The 90′ Diamond bi-fold door is a popular choice among hangar owners because, apart from allowing free entry and exit of aircraft, it’s mounted higher than the unobstructed opening to maintain a full headroom for aircraft.

Further, the bi-fold door is a product of heavy-duty steel and a triple truss design to help resist wind load and prevent sagging. The door also offers resistance against ice and snow.

Are you worried about security? Worry no more. The bi-fold door comes with a secure and straightforward locks system you can lock from inside for guaranteed safety of your aircraft and other equipment. The 48′ diamond bi-fold is also an excellent choice.

5. Authority Restrictions

Different states have different requirements that a suitable hangar should meet. Such regulations will likely affect your design. Don’t overlook them. Such site restrictions as include;

  • The percentage of the blocks you should build on
  • How close your building should be to the envelope?
  • Permitted type of cladding
  • Waste and water requirements
  • Access requirements

Wrapping It Up

A high-quality hangar is a worthy investment. Not only will you comfortably be able to work on your aircraft, but you’ll also have extra storage space for other equipment. However, such a project requires careful planning. Together with a professional, use the above tips to design a hangar that’ll effectively attend to your needs.

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