In the last five years, we have seen strong investment by commercial airlines in aviation infrastructure. Profitability has stabilized as airlines have been able to match capacity to demand and operations have become substantially more efficient.
Commercial airlines continue to replace old hangars and invest in new and improved hangars to support flight operation. Just as aircrafts have evolved over the years, so has the technology in a hangar, including hangar doors. The industry is demanding technology that improves reliability while reducing initial investment and cost of ownership.
Reducing hangar footprints
Traditionally, large commercial aircraft hangars have used horizontal-rolling doors. But, unlike the hangar doors of the past, architects are no longer limited by door pockets or track systems required by horizontal-rolling doors. Aircraft hangars can now be designed with vertical lifting doors reducing hangar footprints and allowing for larger hangars or multiple on the same real-estate.
The door system layout can be optimized to accommodate the fleet mix that will utilize the facility. Since doors, regardless of technology, cost more than fixed walls, the goal is to minimize the opening size without limiting operation’s ability to move aircraft in and out of the hangar. With this in mind, the outer door leafs on a wide body or narrow body hangar opening can be lowered since an aircraft wings will hit the hangar sidewall before a tail would be obstructed by a lower wing door. This dramatically reduces the building structure eve heights which translates into a significant hangar structure savings. This also reduces the volume of a hangar which significantly reduces the cost of ownership for the facility by decreasing the volume of air that must be conditioned.
Energy Efficiency and Reliability
Vertical lifting fabric door technology has proven to be more reliable and energy-efficient in commercial airline hangars.
- Reliability – You don’t want your 777 stuck in the hangar, with some 450 passengers missing their flight. You must be able to rely on your hangar doors. For over 30 years, in the harshest environments around the world, vertical lifting fabric doors have been proven in the most demanding military, search & rescue, VVIP, and commercial airline applications.
- Energy Efficiency – The majority of heat loss for a hangar door is from air infiltration around the perimeter of each door leaf. Traditional horizontal rolling doors have large gaps around the perimeter of each door leaf to accommodate horizontal and vertical deflection from wind and snow. These gaps are filled with various rubber or brush seals. On day one, the seals work well, but they quickly degrade from use and exposure to extreme temperatures and UV light. The unique seals on a Megadoor offer the lowest air infiltration of any hangar door system making them the most energy-efficient hangar door.
Choosing the right aircraft hangar door can make a huge difference in efficient hangar operations which is increasingly important given the growth that is being seen in commercial airlines industry.
Contact our hangar door experts today and find out more about how vertical lifting fabric doors add reliability, energy-efficiency and other benefits when designing aircraft hangars.