There are a lot of reasons to build an aircraft hangar, but the most important factor is obvious; for the love of it. You’ve already dedicated time and money to aviation as a hobby or even a small business. It matters to you. Building a hangar is going to feel great. It will be one of the most rewarding things you can do.
The list of benefits is long:
- Avoid weathering (paint condition, motor condition)
- Avoid sun damage to interior.
- Protect against damage by others.
- Perform your preflights indoors
- Keep your equipment in a safe, accessible place.
- Make the space your own.
But it really comes down to that feeling of owning your own space for your own aircraft – it’s the dream you’ve had since you were a kid.
If you’ve decided to build a hangar, there are a few things you should keep in mind when you do:
- Understand your relationship to the airport.
This is a slightly more complex question than it seems. You’ll need to know what the payment structure is (do you lease the land, or give up ownership of the building and rent it back?). You’ll need to know how long your contract with the airport will last and how likely conditions are to change. You should also consider what services, if any, the airport offers.
Find a current hangar owner and talk to them. A lot of them will have been there a long time and will have valuable advice.
- Do your builders have experience with aviation buildings?
You can get a cheap shed thrown together, but everything aviation-related needs to be exact. Find a company that will build the hangar to your specifications & your needs. Make sure they’ve build hangars before. If possible, visit their previous builds.
- Will the build be well organised?
Make sure that the company you build with has their own installers or consistently works with installers they know. The less friction there is between engineers, designers & installers, the less likely you are to have problems.
- What kind of door do you need?
Access is something you’ll need to consider, especially if you’re planning on storing more than one airplane.
Your door design needs to maximise accessibility. If you’re lucky enough to have access to the back of your hangar, it’s a great idea to have two doors so you can get planes in and out from either end.
- What strength is required?
A lot of airports and councils have very strict regulations on these kinds of things. If you have an experienced engineering/building company to work with, they will be able to sort this all out for you, especially if they’ve done it before.
- Do you want Australian steel?
Australian steel is a better quality than international steel and is less likely to be problematic down the line. If it’s in your budget, Australian-steel is a great idea.
- Have you planned for lighting?
A good rule of thumb for lighting is to draw out a rough plan, then double it. You can never have too much, and the size of hangars often requires a deceptively large amount of lighting.
Where you can, install skylights to make use of natural light. You’ll also need to consider how you’re going to access lights when they need to be replaced (hangar ceilings aren’t easy to reach).
- What concrete are you putting on the floor?
Make sure your concrete doesn’t have a shiny-finish or poly coat. It’s much more effective to install a concrete that has some grip. This will help you get your planes in and out.
- Are you going to rent out positions in your hangar?
Air hangars usually have relatively stable prices, but they won’t get you a big return unless hangar space is limited. One of the best ways to capitalise right from the start is to offer some of your hangar space for rent. This money will subsidise some of the rates the airport is likely to charge you.
- Are you going to be operating a business?
Another great way to get some of your expenditure back is to offer flight lessons or run some kind of small aviation business. If this is something you have the license and inclination for, you’ll need to make sure that your hangar can hold everything you’ll need.
To download a brochure of our past hangars and aviation buildings, click here.
10 Ways to Help Organise a Storage Shed
Every now and again your storage shed can begin to look like a dumping ground rather than a shed. This becomes impractical and annoying when you cant find anything because your shed is a mess. Here are 10 ways to help prevent this from happening to your storage shed.
This is a must do for reorganising your shed. You can install some wall shelves or free-standing ones, whatever is best for organisation in your storage shed. Shelves will work better by ordering them around what items you use the most. Things you use everyday should be easy to get to, while big bulky items should be stowed at floor level somewhere out of the way to avoid becoming a tripping hazard.
Repurpose old furniture
Old cupboards are perfect for shed storage, and its a win win situation as you get to save money on shed furniture and declutter your home.
Getting all your long-handled tools organised properly is important as they can be dangerous simply lying around on the floor of your shed. Get yourself organised with a shovel rack, this will free up a lot of space.
Hooks are wonderful for giving smaller tools like trowels and secateurs a place in your shed. You can also use hooks for larger tools like spades and brooms. They are easy to install and not too difficult to move if necessary.
Think about what you can store along the sides of the ceiling, after installing ply boards as shelving. Also PVC pipe strung from the rafters is a perfect fishing rod holder.
Classic tool wall
A classic tool board allows you to know if everything is in its place, which will prevent you from loosing any tools. You can create a workshop tool wall by arranging your tools on a table or wall in best fit. Install brackets and nails to keep the tools in place. Its a good idea to draw a silhouette of every tool where its meant to go, so you know if something is missing and what tool it is.
Peg boards allow a more flexible way of storing tools, as it can be adapted to your collection as it grows.
Magnetic knife holders are excellent for shed storage. They can be used for storing files, screwdrivers, pliers and any other metal tools. You can also use them for storing paint brushes, as they will dry easily after cleaning and the bristles will not get squashed.
To avoid the common issue of having your hose uncoil itself into a messy heap to trip over, invest in a hose hanger. This will make it easier to store and avoid your hose from getting bent or split from being tripped or walked over too many times.
Odds and ends
Its the little things in your shed that really create the mess, and its important to organise them to avoid loosing them. A couple of baskets or mounted storage bins do the job nicely, or putting items on a shelf somewhere.