FBOs & Military Rely on Fabric Structures for Hangars & Sunshades
Big Top’s fabric structures are used by military bases & fixed-base operators (FBOs) at airports all over the country due to the convenience and reduced costs that they offer, when compared to metal T-hangars. We can design and erect a hangar or sunshade for your aircraft quickly and can anchor it to just about any foundation, including asphalt. And, due to their mobile design, our hangars and sunshades can be relocated, if needed. For military purposes, our sunshades and hangars help ensure Mission Readiness.
Big Top’s sunshades can save money and man-hours – one recent study showed that 18 sunshades cost less than one airplane metal hangar. And, they are significantly faster to build. Maintenance can be done directly on the flight line while protecting planes and personnel.
Perhaps the primary benefit of our fabric structures is the superior level of protection they provide for your aircraft and crew. Our shelters will:
- Shield your aircraft from the sun – With a UPF rating of 2,000 and a conventional rating of 50 plus, our fabric will block 99.95 percent of harmful UV-A and UV-B radiation, prolonging the paint life and electronics of your aircraft.
- Hold strong against inclement weather – The rip-resistant fabric is secured to an industrial-strength steel frame and can be engineered for wind and snow loads to shelter your plane or helicopter from storms.
- Protect your aircraft – Our fabric is NFPA701 flame-retardant in accordance with International Building Code.
Additionally, your crew will be able to work in comfort under our fabric structures, which maintain an interior temperature that is, on average, 15 degrees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than the outside climate. Plus, our fabric is translucent and will let in plenty of sunlight for your crew to work without the need for electric lighting, saving you money on energy costs.
Big Top’s fabric structures can be engineered to just about any size. So, whether you need a simple sunshade for a single aircraft or a large hangar for an entire fleet, we can accommodate. And for FBOs, because they can be registered as equipment with the IRS, you may even benefit from tax advantages with our hangars and sunshades.
If you’re an FBO in need of hangars or sunshades to protect your aircraft, contact Big Top Fabric Structures today for more information. Big Top is approved by USACE as being compliant with US Air Force Sunshade Management (AFSM), Air Force Instruction (AFI), and IBC, and our fabric structures are Berry Amendment compliant for military use.