People who own an aircraft, whether it’s a single prop, a small jet, helicopter or glider are different from their fellow humans. Most people feel at home where they live: pilots often feel just as much at home in their aircraft hangars.
There’s an bond between a pilot and his or her aircraft. Pilots necessarily know very detail of their plane, an extension of themselves. Their lives depend on its maintenance and safety. Pilots are very particular, especially when selecting a maintenance or storage hangar. If you're shopping for one, there are a number of things to consider.
Excellent customer support
From the beginning, a company that provides great customer support is very important. They’ll help guide you through the entire process, explain the options that are available, and help you select the one that will meet your needs and fit your budget. They’ll be knowledgeable and able to answer any questions that you have about materials, construction, maintenance and other matters.
A hangar needs a foundation, just as a house does. One that requires only a simple concrete foundation is less expensive, yet very practical. The aircraft needs a sturdy, flat surface to park on while getting needed maintenance or being stored securely.
Easy to erect
A hangar that is so complicated that a team of building engineers has to erect it is costly and unnecessary with modern materials. In fact, modular construction materials are readily available now, making the hangar easy enough to erect that a do-it-yourselfer can fit the parts together more easily than the parts of a jigsaw puzzle. When they are screwed together, you'll have a sturdy hangar more quickly than ordering a manufactured one and having it delivered.
Strong, sturdy and stable materials and construction
Aircraft hangars may have to withstand severe weather events. Most structures can withstand usual weather events like rain, thunderstorms, sleet and hail. However, high winds, such as those accompanying hurricanes or tornadoes, can wreak havoc on flimsy buildings and even lift ones off the ground that are not securely fastened down. In a severe weather event, flying debris can hit hangar walls, battering them and threatening to poke holes in the exterior.
Materials in a hangar should be of sufficient strength to withstand severe weather events and remain standing to protect your aircraft and hangar investments. Hangar materials should come in different thicknesses, so you can select materials that are strong enough for your environment.
Meets quality control certifications
Certifications by respected organizations can ease the mind of buyers who may not be experts in the field of construction. The IQNet, established in 1990, is a network of certification partners across the globe. They exist to assure conformity with standards that exist in many different sectors, including the construction and manufacturing industries.
Be aware that compliance with and certification by are two different things. If a company says that they comply with IQNet standards, that does not mean that they’ve been certified by that network, so it carries less weight with consumers. Another certification that’s applicable to this industry is ISO, the International Organization of Standards.
They exist to ensure consistently high standards in different industries. The ISO 9001:2000 emphasizes customer satisfaction within industries. Hangar manufacturers should have appropriate certification within their field, rather than just claim to have compliance.
Materials that are resistant to corrosion, such as require less maintenance and last longer, especially in humid climates. That quality is particularly important in aircraft hangars, as they are sheltering your aircraft. You want your hangar to solve problems, not create them.
The last thing that you want to have is an obstruction to moving your plane, keeping it from entering and leaving the hangar. So, be aware that some hangars require pillars or columns to support the structure. The placement of those is important, as they could limit the flexibility of the space in your hangar and its functionality.
Airplanes are different sizes and shapes. You’ll need a hangar that will fit yours, so when you shop for one, make sure that the seller offers customizable spaces to accommodate yours. It’s possible to get one that will even allow you to add on modules later to increase the space, perhaps even enough for another plane that you want to add to your collection.
Most people who buy a hangar want it to stay in that place for the duration of their ownership. Some, however, need to move a structure for one reason or another, so for that contingency, a hangar that can be disassembled and reassembled elsewhere is a great choice.
Arched aircraft hangars may be the best solution
Keeping all of these criteria in mind, you might well consider an aircraft hangar that’s built with modular arched materials, as those are particularly good for small aviation buildings and light aircraft. The arches are pre-engineered steel panels that bolt together and require only a simple concrete slab for a foundation. No cranes are needed for the assembly. An overwhelming majority of people who buy this product read the assembly manual and put the hanger together themselves, even though few have construction experience.
The airtight fit provides security protection for both storage and repairs, preserving the value of your investment. The arched panels form a strong hut that resists wind, deflects debris and withstands heavy loads of snow in the northern climes. They’ve shown themselves to be resistant to earthquakes, also.
Size is not a problem. These come in adjustable sizes, and you can add additional floors. The length is unlimited. An advantage of arches is their stability without the use of support structures, so there's a lot of unrestricted space with high ceilings and no column obstructions in shorter buildings of up to 30-meter spans. Longer hangars need some support.
Arched aircraft hangars are used for the military and as emergency disaster shelters. They'll shelter your aircraft, too.