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Aircraft Hangars & Doors

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17 01, 2014

REIDsteel Out and About in Bournemouth

January 17th, 2014|Categories: Aircraft Hangars & Doors, REIDsteel Staff|Tags: , , , , |

Working with Civils Contracting Limited, this extension to the existing Hangar 12 at Bournemouth Airport has a clear span of 100m, is 12m deep and 22m high to the eaves. The Main Contractor’s work started on this project in the summer of 2013 and we commenced assembly of the main truss at the beginning of October 2013.

Being a very unusual and local job, it was decided to install a timelapse camera in order to record progress, managed between bouts of the windiest weather experienced since 1987.

This camera takes a photo every 10 seconds and these can then be played back in sequence and roll like a film. The effect is that we can see the action of many days taking place at a super quick pace. Within the space of a couple of minutes, the whole front arch of the hangar appears before your eyes.

With 80% of our work destined for overseas markets it is unusual to have such a project on our doorstep and all REIDsteel staff from the office and works were given […]

5 12, 2013

REIDsteel in Malta with Lufthansa Technik

December 5th, 2013|Categories: Aircraft Hangars & Doors|Tags: , , |

By Sales Engineer, Michael Harvey

REIDSteel provided the existing Hangar for Lufthansa Technik Malta (LTM) back in 2008.

A new Maintenance, Refurbishment and Overhaul (MRO) facility was essential to enable LTM to grow their business into a world class company and their original hangar was already restricting their activities for the overhauling of aircraft, from the large number of different fleet operators requiring their services.

The 2008 project consisted of two ‘wide-body’ hangars, together with one smaller narrow body hangar (information relating to this project can be found here).  However, by 2013 the aircraft servicing market had evolved and there was a greater demand from the wide-bodied sector than previously forecast.

LTM approached the team at REIDsteel with a brief to adapt their narrow body hangar into a wide body hangar.  The scheme had to be cost efficient and provide LTM with total flexibility when it came to accommodating wide and narrow bodied aircraft simultaneously within the hangar.

As with the 2008 hangar, LTM appointed Innovative Architectural […]

7 06, 2013

Music to our Ears

June 7th, 2013|Categories: Aircraft Hangars & Doors|


By Sales Engineer, Richard Hanson

In 2011 we completed the structural work on the magnificent 13,000sq m hangar and terminal at Biggin Hill Airport on behalf of Rizon Jets. It’s a beautiful building of which we’re all really proud.

The hangar is designed to house Rizon’s private and business hire fleet so we were all surprised and delighted to discover that it was the venue for a very special music event last week.

Following a day of broadcasting from Biggin Hill to mark the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid, BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary and Jeremy Vine presented a very special Friday Night is Music Night programme live from the hangar.

The amazing story of the raid, which saw 19 Lancaster Bombers, each carrying the ‘Bouncing Bomb’ take off from Lincolnshire to destroy the Ruhr Valley dams was re-told with music from the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Central Band of the RAF.

As well as the music, the story was dramatised and had special messages from veterans and Barnes Wallis’ […]

14 02, 2012

Mongolia: Fuselage Sealing Doors

February 14th, 2012|Categories: Aircraft Hangars & Doors|Tags: , , |

Construction of the aircraft maintenance hangar in Mongolia continues, and the fuselage sealing doors are now in place.

Designed by REIDsteel to fit an Avro RJ85. The fabric ring inflates to create a tight seal around the aircraft body so that maintenance can be carried out on the aircraft without the need for the whole plane to be inside the hangar.

When the seal is not in use, the smaller, outer doors slide shut and seal the hangar.

Small outer doors seal the hangar

The project was commisioned by Eznis Airways LLC, and is located in the Capital Ulaanbaatar.

Mongolia is a huge landlocked country, covering an area of over 1.5 million square kilometres. It is bordered by China on the south, east & west sides and by Russia to the north.

Local members of the construction crew

6 02, 2012

Mongolia: Minus 37 – That’s REALLY cold!

February 6th, 2012|Categories: Aircraft Hangars & Doors|Tags: , , |

 

mongoliaminus37With UK temperatures now starting to creep below zero, spare a thought for our team constructing a REIDsteel designed aircraft maintenance hangar in Mongolia.

Temperatures there have dropped as low as minus 37 degrees centigrade!

At these kinds of temperatures things freeze fast, and the locals have developed some interesting methods for keeping their vehicles in service!

The cold also required some method adaptation for the REIDsteel crew.  Materials behave differently, and jobs that are normally straightforward  become fiddly when wearing gloves, but if you take your gloves off and touch metal with bare skin it will freeze and stick!

Despite these hardships, the team have done a great job and are due to complete on schedule.

5 10, 2011

Another Hangar Tall Tail

October 5th, 2011|Categories: Aircraft Hangars & Doors|Tags: , |

1318931646With many planes getting bigger and bigger, some soon outgrow their hangar. However, there is not always the need to build a totally new one – just a new taller tailgate door & housing did the trick when we upgraded a hangar at Bournemouth International Airport to accommodate a Boeing 747-SP which stands nearly a full metre taller than the standard 747.

Friday 30 September 2011 saw the resident 747-SP move into the newly modified hangar at Bournemouth International Airport.

Our original building was designed for FR Aviation to convert VC10s from commercial aircraft into fuel carrying tankers and also had a tailgate door to allow a standard 747 to enter.

1318931619The most recent requirement was to house a 747-SP which is, unfortunately, almost a metre taller than a standard 747. The work involved the replacement of the existing tailgate door & housing with a new taller door complete with new pod framework and insulated panels.

All work was completed in time and the 747-SP entered its new hangar with 250mm to spare.