Aircraft represent a significant investment so it makes sense to ensure you have the appropriate storage options to keep your purchase safely housed and protected from the elements.
A subset of commercial sheds, aircraft hangars are specifically designed for this purpose.
Here are four tips for constructing an aircraft hangar that will meet your standards.
Will you be building your aircraft hangar on your own property or will you be leasing space at a commercial airport?
This is a significant factor that will affect your options for the type of aircraft shed you can purchase or build. An on-site hangar at an airport may be limited by pre-determined zoning or design requirements, for example.
If you're looking to build a hangar at an existing airport, consult with the appropriate authorities on issues such as size, spacing and form design. If you plan to build a hangar on your own property, make sure that it meets any local, state or federal aviation or planning requirements.
There are two main types of aeroplane hangars: clear-span and post-and-beam. Post-and-beam hangars offer strong, durable design with distributed roof loads and design flexibility – and are a good choice where a smaller frame is required.
Clear-span hangars, on the other hand, allow additional manoeuvrability of craft inside the hangar but need to be carefully sized and framed for structural stability.
Depending on the space you have to allocate, a combination of a post-and-beam T-hangar and clear-span hangar can be the best option.
The interior design of your hangar will depend on the number and size of aircraft you plan to house.
An individual hangar is set up to house a single aeroplane, while consecutive rectangular hangars comprise a series of linked individual hangars generally facing in a single direction.
A back-to-back design, on the other hand, takes the consecutive rectangular system and doubles it, with each row of hangars facing in opposite directions.
Finally, there are “nested” hangar options that are designed to have aircraft “stacked” – facing in alternating directions in order to maximise the use of the interior space.
Sliding doors move along a series of floor-based guides and are supported from a trolley inserted into a track system above. Conversely, a bottom rolling door uses a floor-based track system and is guided by door guides from overhead.
Electric bi-fold doors are a third option best used for larger hangars and can open and close without compromising the space inside the hangar – which isn't always the case for the other options.