Fabric Structures for Commercial & Private Aircraft

Fabric Structures

Fabric structures from Big Top make excellent hangars and sunshades for aircraft and can provide fixed-base operators (FBOs) with many benefits, including cost savings. Indeed, compared to traditional T-hangars, our fabric shelters require far fewer materials to build, and they can be assembled much more quickly—at a rate of 2,500 square feet per day. At Big Top, we offer turnkey installation services of our hangars and sunshades, relieving you of this task so that your crew can stay focused on the job at hand.

Outstanding Thermal Protection

The fabric used in our structures is engineered to offer superior protection for your aircraft against harmful UV radiation. In fact, the fabric is formulated to block 99.95% of UV-A and UV-B radiation for a UPF rating of 2,000 and a conventional rating of 50 plus. Keeping your plane or helicopter sheltered from the sun can prolong the life of its electronics and paint job, reducing the need for premature repairs.

Keeping Your Maintenance Crew Comfortable

Another way our fabric hangars and sunshades differ from brick-and-mortar buildings is that they naturally maintain a comfortable interior temperature. Traditional T-hangars are often exposed on both ends and can get boiling hot or freezing cold on the inside, depending on the season, which can hamper production by exhausting the maintenance crew. Thanks to the impressive thermal performance of our fabric structures, the interiors stay at a pleasant temperature that is, on average, 15 degrees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than the outside temperature, allowing your technicians to perform their duties comfortably.

Personalized Designs

At Big Top, we can construct our clear-span fabric structures to measure up to 80 feet high, 174 feet wide, and nearly any length, making them a versatile option whether you need a sunshade for a single plane or an expansive hangar to house an entire fleet. FBOs use our fabric shelters as:

  • Sunshades
  • Hangars
  • Terminals
  • Maintenance facilities