Aircraft hangars, by necessity, are large, open buildings. But what
if a hangar could keep its functionality while reducing operational
costs? The latest hangar designs aim to do just that.
Advances in building technology allow airport operators to optimize
the required capital investment in the building, specify the latest
fixed equipment to make the workplace more efficient, and deploy
the latest in portable equipment for speedier access to the aircraft.
These hangar technology advances yield efficiencies in the work
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tasks that translate directly into reduced labor costs and shorter
turn times for maintenance checks. Workplace efficiency improves
each maintenance check visit, and shorter turn times mean
capacity for more total check visits in the hangar throughout
Hangar building volumes are growing with the introduction of
larger aircraft, such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing B747-8 —
and those two aircraft manufacturers have even larger derivatives
on the drawing board. These huge aircraft bring to the hangar
more, larger parts, higher and wider clearance requirements,
and more spare parts, meaning larger building areas and
volumes are required to maintain those aircraft. Fortunately,
the corresponding increase in building cost can be countered
with building technologies.
Selecting the right building shell materials can improve insulative
value in any extreme climate, with resulting energy savings
realized for the life of the building. In cold climates, insulation
keeps generated heat in the building longer. In hot climates,
insulation preserves air conditioning. In each case, the heating
Technological Advancements Improve Aircraft Maintenance
and Paint Hangars — and the Bottom Line
By Pat Brown, RA, LEED AP
How Smart Is Your Hangar?
New, larger aircraft such
as the Boeing B747-8
and the Airbus A380 are
changing the requirements
for hangar designs,
insulation and lighting.