Articles - Aircraft Hangars

How Our Fabric Structures Are Used in the Aviation Industry

At Big Top Fabric Structures, we’ve been custom designing temporary buildings for a wide range of industries since our founding in 1979. For aviation applications, our fabric shelters are commonly used as hangars and sunshades for aircraft maintenance and storage. Here’s why: They Cost Less to Build Than Permanent Hangars Our fabric structures require fewer materials and take less time ...

Clear Span Aircraft Hangars for the Military Industry

Big Top’s clear span aircraft hangars are versatile solutions for the military industry. They can be erected in nearly any terrain, are energy efficient, and offer superior protection for aircraft and personnel alike. Indeed, the advantages of our fabric structures are numerous. Versatile Deployments Our clear span aircraft hangars can be anchored to nearly anything, not just a concrete pad, ...

Fabric Structures for USAF ACE Operations

Big Top Fabric Structures has been designing temporary hangars and sunshades for the U.S. Air Force since our founding in 1979. Our fabric buildings offer many advantages over permanent structures. In fact, due to their versatile design, our hangars and sunshades are ideal for Agile Combat Employment (ACE) operations. Regionally Based Cluster Pre-Position Kits for Aircraft As defense technology progresses, ...

How Much Does it Cost to Build an Airplane Hangar?

If your company serves the aviation industry, or if you’re a private FBO or aircraft owner, you may be interested in building your own hangar or sunshade for storage and routine maintenance. Rather than blow your budget on constructing a permanent brick-and-mortar building, consider a fabric hangar or sunshade from Big Top. Our hangars and sunshades provide a host of ...

Why Aviation Companies Use Fabric Structures

Here at Big Top, we’ve been custom designing fabric hangars and sunshades for the U.S. military and aviation companies since our founding in 1979. Our shelters are prized by fixed-base operators thanks to the many benefits they provide for maintaining and storing aircraft. For instance, our hangars and sunshades offer: Outstanding Protection from Sun Exposure The fabric roof of our ...

How Much Does It Cost to Build an Aircraft Hangar?

If you’re a fixed-base operator, private aircraft owner, or otherwise invested in the aviation industry and are interested in a solution for housing aircraft for storage or maintenance, you may be wondering how much it will cost to build an aircraft hangar. When you partner with Big Top, the cost may be less than you think. Our fabric shelters provide ...

What’s the Difference Between a Sunshade and a Hangar?

If you’re interested in the aviation industry, you may have heard of sunshades and hangars and are wondering what the difference is between these two types of buildings. Both essentially serve the same function – aircraft maintenance – but in different ways. Form Follows Function Here are some features of sunshades and hangars that will be helpful in understanding the ...

How to Build an Aircraft Hangar with a Fabric Structure

Traditional aircraft hangars are constructed with permanent materials. While this seems ideal for long-term use, permanent hangars have their drawbacks: They are often not well ventilated and therefore are uncomfortable working environments for maintenance staff; they cost more, require a concrete foundation, and take longer to build; and they cannot be moved. All these pain points are directly remedied by ...

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 ...

How a Modern Aircraft Hangar Improves on a Traditional Design

Aircraft hangars are traditionally built with metal, wood, and concrete, and are permanent structures at airports where aircraft can be stored and technicians can perform routine maintenance. However, there are drawbacks to this design that can place limitations on the needs of fixed-base operators and military organizations. For instance, hangars are notoriously difficult to climate control due to their expansive ...

The Challenges of Keeping a Comfortable Working Environment Inside a Maintenance Hangar

Because a maintenance hangar needs to be big enough to house an airplane, there is normally a lot of internal space that has to be climate controlled for the comfort of the maintenance crew. And, when you consider that a lot of hangars have expansive bay doors that are often kept open so that aircraft can be moved into and ...

Have a Hangar Building Custom Made by Big Top

Do you need a hangar building in which you can store and maintain your aircraft? If so, you have come to the right place. Founded in 1979, Big Top is a custom manufacturer of fabric buildings. As opposed to permanent buildings made of brick and mortar, our fabric structures are affordable, they can be built quickly, and they are portable. ...

Have Your Military Aircraft Hangar Custom Made by Big Top Fabric Structures

At Big Top Fabric Structures, one of our specialties is manufacturing affordable, custom-made military aircraft hangars to protect aircraft from the elements and ensure mission readiness for military operations. In fact, Big Top’s fabric structures are approved by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as being compliant with US Air Force Sunshade Management (AFSM), Air Force Instruction (AFI), ...