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Aircraft Hangars

Steel aircraft hangar buildings kits in rigid frame metal construction. Design, build, and price your prefab aircraft hangars online. Rapidset aircraft hangar prices are very affordable and pocket-friendly. Choose the different colors you want on your building with accessories and ship to your location in the United State & export around the Worldwide.

Designing Your Metal Aircraft Hangars

To design a metal building coordination is needed to get the correct code and loads on the building to ensure it is engineered correctly. Coordination is also needed to get the anchor bolt reactions correct so that the foundation is formed with the least amount of concrete for the intended use of the metal building.

All of the above requirements still apply for a metal aircraft hangar, but now one or more huge doors need to operate on and hang from the frames.

When a call comes in for airplane hangars design, we start with the door. We ask the size and style of the door they would like whether it is a bi-fold, which folds up into a wedge, or a hydraulic style, which tilts up from the front of the building.

Those two options are the most common airplane hangars design, although a few exotic tilt types exist as well. Other options are a rolling door that would roll on the ground or a rolling door that would hang from tracks.

Building Hangar Airplane Door

The most common type of hangar airplane door that we deal with is the bi-fold, so we’ll use this as our example. The most important thing with prefab aircraft hangars is carefully calculating the hangar door opening size. You need to estimate the size opening for any future airplanes you might acquire.

For example, if we have a Cessna T210F Turbo, the wingspan is 36’ 6” (11.13M), and the height is about 9’ 8” (2.95M). If you are trying to estimate a door size, always calculate more not less. A good hangar airplane door size for this aircraft would be about 46’ by 12’. You can find aircraft sizes on Schweiss door sitebifold.com.

Let’s continue with our example. If we figure the width at 46’, the math would work out to be 46’ – 36’ 6” = 9’ 6”. If you divide the 9’ 6” of free space equally on both sides, it would be 4’ 9” on each side from the wingtips to the building structure. That seems fine. If you had to, you could easily fit a somewhat larger aircraft in the same hangar; however, you would need to take more care clearing the wings on each side.

The height is another matter. If you run the straight math, it works out to 2’ 4”, which appears to be enough. However, when you pull your aircraft out nose first, if it has a tricycle gear like the Cessna 210, the slopes of the front apron of concrete right in front of your hangar will make all the difference.

If the slope is small for drainage, the tail will only swing up a little. If the slope is greater, the tail will swing up a lot. It is hard to figure the math until it is built. But when designing the metal aircraft hangars, we usually recommend plenty of room so your aircraft can easily clear the tail with a standard slope.

Designing Aircraft Hangar Buildings

Something else to think about when designing a hangar is the overall height of the aircraft hangar buildings. The FAA has some rules about aircraft buildings close to a runway. They use a sloped line from the centerline to figure maximum height. You might want to confirm your metal building works within that height.

For overall height when designing aircraft buildings, I figure the needed door height + door wedge + 1’ of building trim. The door wedge is determined from a table according to the width and other factors. If it is a hydraulic style it is only about 9”. For our example with the bi-fold, it would be 12’ + 3’ 6” wedge (for that door) and 1’ building trim to equal 19’6“ tall at the sidewalls. The slope of the roof doesn’t matter much although 1/12 is usually the least cost.

Once we have the information for the door size, code, loads, and zip code we are ready to design. For our example, we would start with an overall building size of about 52’ (46’ opening + 3’ on each size for frames) by 40’ (our Cessna 210 is 28’ or 8.53M long) by 19’ 6” tall, as explained earlier.

We would then set the frames, girts (wall framing), and purlins (roof framing) like standard aircraft hangar buildings. We would also add another mainframe just behind the left end wall to hold the weight of the door. From that frame, we would hang stub columns that would hang down to catch the top of the door and space for the hinge points of the door. Once a hangar door is installed and opened, the force on the building as it hangs out front is huge. So, steel airplane hangars use back braces. For our back braces, we usually use a 6” pipe from the second mainframe back to the bottom of a couple of stub columns. This makes for an excellent airplane hangars design and a good looking building you can be proud of.

It is critical that whoever designs your metal aircraft hangars understands the coordination needed to ensure the door fits together on the building and works correctly once installed. We prefer to work with Schweiss Hangar Doors (bifold.com), although we can design for any door.

Let’s continue with our example. We have preliminarily designed the aircraft buildings from our tables of door sizes, wedge sizes, and standard door layouts for costing. Now the builder or owner is ready to purchase the building. They need to do 2 things. The first is, commit to the hangar door supplier. The second is, confirm we have loads and codes correct for the airplane hangars design – because they are always changing. Once that happens, Schweiss (or your door supplier) will send us the door engineering for the exact door they are building for that hangar at that location. We take that engineering and detail the building to fit that door exactly. We adjust the hinge points, weight, and exact measurements so that the door will roll up and down on our beams correctly.

When you are getting quotes for airplane hangar prices, check if the supplier or designer has included the face panels, fasteners, and trim for the hangar door. When the door supplier sends us the engineering for that specific door, it also has trim and panel details. So be sure that when you choose the colors you want on your building, the door panels and door trim are of your chosen color.

In this example, I have explained a single stand-alone hangar airplane. There are endless possibilities for buildings such as homes, offices, FBO’s or long multi-unit T-style hangars where the partition walls define hangar spaces and hangar doors hang from large beams on the sidewalls. We also provide steel aircraft hangar kits with openings that can fit any aircraft size. There is not any other building material that beats steel airplane hangars. Moreover, no metal building systems provide the benefits of Rapidset steel aircraft hangar.

Airplane Hangar Prices

If you need a hangar, let’s design one together. Our aircraft hangar prices are very affordable and pocket-friendly. Contact us to get quotes for our airplane hangar prices.

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