Steel Airplane Hangar
It is a well-known fact that equipment stored outside is vulnerable to harsh weather, damaging UV rays and vandalism. To us, your aircraft is more than a piece of equipment. Whether you fly for fun or profit, business or pleasure, doesn’t it make sense to protect your investment by properly housing it in an all-steel, custom-designed airplane hangar building? Steel buildings offer the flexibility of design, quicker build times, and peace of mind, knowing that your aircraft and all its supporting gear are safe from the elements, accidental damage, and theft. Need an office for your FBO? A steel building can incorporate airplane hangar space, modular office rooms, workshops, and more.
What is an Airplane Hangar?
The Wright brothers knew the importance of protecting their aircraft from the elements and prying eyes, and in 1902 did so in a wooden shed, the first design-built airplane hangar. Airplanes have come a long way since then, and so has the airplane hangar. Once a purely utilitarian structure, the hangars of today incorporate not only room for the airplane, they also boast FBO offices, kitchenettes, sleeping quarters and workshops. Airplane hangars at fly-in communities are often designed to blend in with the rest of the house and resemble an oversize garage. One of the largest active hangars in the world is Hangar 375 at Kelly Air Force Base in Texas. It covers 600,000 square feet! Steel is the go-to material for the construction of airplane hangars, due to its inherent strength, low cost, and unlimited design possibilities. Steel is also the most recycled material on the planet, so by ordering and building an all-steel building, you know you are helping to protect the environment.
A steel airplane hangar building kit (building only) costs $5-$25 or more per square foot. Larger hangars, door choices and interior finish costs are extra; land, site preparation, local fees, licenses, and the plane are not included.
The concrete foundation of the building is included in our price. Large pier footings to anchor the support columns and specially designed fuel containment drains are often required, which can add to the final cost. Special graphics can be painted on the floor in chemical-resistant epoxies to add to the custom look of your hangar floor. If you are planning to build in an agricultural setting and do not need an entire cement floor, concrete piers to anchor the support columns are still needed.
300 feet. The clear-span construction of a steel airplane hangar allows for a wide range of widths to fit most general aviation needs. Adding modular offices will of course increase the footprint, or size of your hangar. A twin-engine commuter plane or two will need slightly more room than a crop duster or rotary-wing aircraft, and our team has experience designing hangars for all types of aircraft.
Not a problem! Cable operated overhead Bi-fold doors, hydraulic lift, rolling, sliding doors or accordion doors can be incorporated in the design of your hangar, in addition to regular size walk- thru and drive-thru size doors. In case of a power outage, some doors have a mechanism allowing them to be opened manually. An emergency generator can also supply power to the doors. Heavy duty fabric doors are also available for small, rural hangars, typically used on farms.
Large bronze tinted, or mirrored tempered plate glass windows add a touch of class to any building, and hangars are no different. Fixed or working windows can be added to any exterior wall of your steel building.
With proper maintenance, a steel airplane hangar will last well into the next century. Depending on your local building codes, a hangar can be designed to withstand winds up to 170mph and snow loads up to 20lbs. per square foot. Baked on epoxy paints keep rust at bay for years. For areas that experience heavy snow falls, half-walls of decorative concrete block can be used in the design of the building. This is especially helpful when salt is used to control ice, as salt is a corrosive chemical that can shorten the life of steel panels close to the ground.
You may want to! Steel mezzanines can be added to the design to support a second floor in your hangar. Our design team can help incorporate sleeping quarters, offices, bathrooms, lounges, fireplaces, and workshops, depending on your local building codes. Imagine an airplane in your living room!
Yes, you can, and you should insulate your steel hangar. A properly insulated hangar, together with a correctly sized HVAC unit, will keep heating and cooling costs low and prevent mold from growing on damp surfaces. Climate controlled storage will add years to the service life of any equipment stored inside, and create a comfortable working environment for you, your employees, and your customers. Our white vinyl-backed fiberglass insulation batts reflect the lighting inside the hangar, resulting in a clean looking finish to the ceiling and walls.
Unfortunately, fires do happen. Although the concrete floor and the steel itself is fireproof, the same cannot be said for the contents of your hangar. Our experienced fire-suppression sub-contractor will work with you and our team to design a fire safety system composed of monitoring electronics, detection devices, alarms and a non-corrosive gas or liquid chemical fire suppression spray to help limit the damage a fire in your hangar can cause.
An Airplane Hangar Can:
Extend the service life of your flying equipment, compared to outside storage and tie-downs. Exposure to the elements is limited to the time you are actually flying the plane. Tools, sensitive testing equipment, electronics, and your office equipment all will benefit from the climate-controlled atmosphere within your hangar.
What Kind of Business Can I Run From A Hangar?
You will most likely build your hangar on airport property. So, any aviation related business is likely to succeed. Aircraft detailing, upholstery repair, painting, or applying graphics. Advertising banner towing, crop dusting, a tourist or short-hop commuter service. Aerial photography, despite the popularity of picture taking drones, is still big business. A real plane is still needed to carry the heavy camera equipment needed for high the resolution photography used in that industry.
Owning your own steel airplane hangar can also be a source of income, even if you do not own an aircraft. Inside storage space is at a premium in smaller airports, and many aviators prefer renting to building their own hangars. Small, no-frills space in a hangar can run about $300-$600 a month, and several planes can be stored in a single, larger hangar. Buying a steel airplane hangar can help your bottom line and increase your business revenue. Even a simply designed ‘T’ hangar sheltering several planes at a time can turn a tidy profit. Moderate startup costs can be recovered by renting out space in your private hangar or leasing it entirely.
Many owners make use of the condominium-style lease agreement and depreciate the building on their taxes each year. (Make sure your airport and city codes allow for this type of activity).
You may be able to save on local building permits and fees (or have them waived entirely) if you offer space in your hangar to local law enforcement agencies, fire departments or Civil Air Patrol.