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project. This proactive approach often
contributes to the project running
smoothly while remaining effective
and on schedule throughout.
Best practices involve conducting
a feasibility study to analyze the
condition of the hangar, identify any
required building code upgrades, and
establish a construction cost estimate
for the relocation of the hangar as
well as the cost to build an equivalent
hangar with all new materials.
2. Prepare the Hangar
for Relocation
In preparation for moving the hangar,
it may be required to have a contractor
perform selective demolition
to remove any components that are
unable to be repurposed. For this
project, the hangar had lean-to space
on each side of the main hangar bay
which contained offices, storage
and shop functions. These spaces
were not needed on the relocated
hangar and were demolished prior
to moving the hangar.
As-built drawings are often unavailable
for older aircraft hangars. It is
recommended to scan the foundation
and structural columns to locate the
anchor bolt patterns and determine the
structural member sizes. This information
is useful in the design process
to calculate the footing and foundation
size, as well as during construction to
assure that the hangar is placed correctly
on the new foundation. The
new foundation will need to be in
place prior to beginning the process
of moving the hangar.
3. Schedule the
Aircraft Hangar
for Relocation
One advantage of moving hangars
on airports is there are typically
not any overhead power lines, and
the expansive apron and taxiway
pavements provide for a clear route
to transport the hangar. Even with
these advantages, it is still necessary
to complete extensive planning and
coordination with airport operations
staff to ensure project success.
Structural moving companies typically
require at least two weeks to
raise a structure this size and place
hydraulic minitrucks underneath.
The transportation path from the
original aircraft hangar location to
the new site may require the use of
an active taxiway and/or crossing a
runway. In this case, it is necessary
to assess the pavement to ensure
it can withstand the weight of the
aircraft hangar load and to plan for
temporary removal of airfield lights
and signage.
4. Reap the
Aircraft Hangar
Cost Savings and
Environmental Benefits
Despite the robust planning and
execution of this type of project,
significant cost savings can be realized
by relocating a hangar compared
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ADAM WILHELM
Adam Wilhelm, PE is a client director at
Foth Infrastructure & Environment. He is
a civil engineer by training and an aviation
professional by experience. During his
25-year career, he has had the pleasure of
completing many complex airport design
and construction projects.
to rebuilding a new structure. Not
only can a hangar relocation result
in direct cost savings but reusing the
existing aircraft hangar can often
enable a quicker time to generating
lease revenue.
Moving an aircraft hangar provides
additional environmental benefits,
because many parts and resources
will be reused rather than disposed
of or recycled. The airport can also
repurpose the existing space-and
use less material in the process-to
create additional sources of income
for years to come.
It's a significant undertaking, but
an aircraft hangar relocation can be
accomplished efficiently and successfully.
Working with a partner
who excels in design, engineering,
and construction will benefit your
airport. No matter the nature of your
aviation engineering project, even
the toughest challenges can be solved
by an experienced team working
from a proven playbook. 
Project teams monitor progress as the hangar moves along the taxiway.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of July-August 2022

Inside the Fence
Industry Update
Supply Chain Issues, Disruptions and Their Effect on Aviation Infrastructure
Moving an Aircraft Hangar
A Guide to Concessions
Legal Matters
Remote Airport Project Implementation Takes Off
Desert Jet’s Newest Palm Springs Facility Sets the Bar High
Airport Guru
Product Profile
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July-August 2022 - PCOV2
July-August 2022 - 1
July-August 2022 - 2
July-August 2022 - 3
July-August 2022 - 4
July-August 2022 - Inside the Fence
July-August 2022 - Industry Update
July-August 2022 - 7
July-August 2022 - Supply Chain Issues, Disruptions and Their Effect on Aviation Infrastructure
July-August 2022 - 9
July-August 2022 - 10
July-August 2022 - 11
July-August 2022 - 12
July-August 2022 - 13
July-August 2022 - Moving an Aircraft Hangar
July-August 2022 - 15
July-August 2022 - A Guide to Concessions
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July-August 2022 - Legal Matters
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July-August 2022 - Remote Airport Project Implementation Takes Off
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July-August 2022 - Desert Jet’s Newest Palm Springs Facility Sets the Bar High
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July-August 2022 - Airport Guru
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July-August 2022 - Product Profile
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