A Versatile Alternative to a Permanent Aircraft Maintenance Hangar
Traditionally, an aircraft maintenance hangar is built as a permanent structure at an airport or Air Force base. However, a permanent hangar can have its drawbacks. First, these buildings are usually made of metal, which can affect the interior temperature, making it uncomfortable for the crew working inside. Second, if the aircraft owner or military organization relocates, they will need to leave the hangar behind and build a new one at the new location. If you’re a fixed-base operator (FBO) or you’re involved with the U.S. military and need a maintenance hangar, know that you have a better option – a fabric hangar or sunshade from Big Top.
How Our Fabric Buildings Improve on a Traditional Hangar Design
The versatility of Big Top’s fabric aircraft hangars can’t be matched. They can be shipped to anywhere the airport or base is located and they can be anchored to asphalt, which will allow your technicians to perform their duties directly on the flight line. They can also be disassembled, packed, and shipped to another location if needed. And, they cost much less than permanent buildings and can be built much quicker. Indeed, one recent study showed that 18 sunshades cost less than one metal aircraft maintenance hangar, so you can certainly save on costs when you turn to us. You’ll also be able to save on energy usage thanks to the translucent roof, which will allow in plenty of natural light, minimizing or even eliminating the need for artificial lighting.
Superior Protection for Your Aircraft & Crew
The hallmark feature of our structures is the fabric roof. This material is formulated to block 99.95 percent of harmful UV-A and UV-B radiation, providing a UPF rating of 2,000 and a conventional rating of 50 plus. As such, the paint and electronics of your aircraft will last much longer than if they were left exposed to the sun, and your technicians will also be protected from sun exposure. In fact, your crew will be able to perform their duties in comfort thanks to the thermal-reflective roof, which will help maintain a comfortable interior temperature that is on average 15-20 degrees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than the outside temperature.
Furthermore, a fabric aircraft maintenance hangar from Big Top contains an ultra-durable, galvanized steel frame that will hold strong through nearly any type of weather. We can even engineer it to meet local building codes for heavy wind and snow loads if needed. Plus, the fabric roof is rip resistant and NFPA701 flame retardant.
A Hangar Designed to Meet Your Needs
When you partner with Big Top for an aircraft maintenance hangar, we will design one to meet your specific needs. As far as size goes, there is virtually no limitation. Whether you need a small sunshade or a large hangar, we can design one to your specifications. We can also include personnel and bay doors and a range of other add-ons for your aircraft maintenance needs.
Benefits for the U.S. Military
Since 1979, Big Top has had the honor of working with the U.S. military, providing custom fabric aircraft maintenance hangars for bases all over the world. Our structures can ensure mission readiness, and they’re approved by USACE as being compliant with U.S. Air Force Sunshade Management (AFSM), Air Force Instruction (AFI), and IBC. Plus, they’re Berry Amendment compliant.
To learn more about the benefits a fabric aircraft maintenance hangar from Big Top can provide for your organization, contact us today.