Airport Business - 38

AUTHOR Walker Jaroch

Into the Fold
IN 1995, Midland Door Solutions was founded and
with them their bi-fold hangar doors, ensuring a
pilot need never say "open sesame" to park their
"Our customers were looking for
doors that were larger than what could
previously be manufactured at Midland
Garage Door, so we created Midland
Door Solutions to give them the same
quality and service they had come to
expect, but for larger doors. We later
expanded our offerings to hydraulic
doors, giving customers the same
durability and service they knew with the
option of faster speeds and fewer moving

parts," said Jason Myrvik, general
manager at Midland Door Solutions.
Since their launch 24-sum years ago,
Midland's Bi-Fold Doors have gone
through a handful of changes - all to
increase the user experience. Originally
manufactured with the operating system
mounted in the headers, as the heights of
the doors increased, the system moved to
the bottom of the door for easier access
and maintenance. Manual latches were



originally placed on each side of the door
but have now been redesigned into a
single latch system. Customers wanting
a remote option saw Midland adding
automatic latches with remote control
being added. Finally, the aircraft cables
initially used to lift the doors are now
replaced with nylon straps as an option.
"A single-latch system with a safety
switch comes standard on every door
for easy operation. Once closed, users
can easily secure the door with one
latch in the center rather than one on
each end. This saves time and the safety
switch eliminates the risk of damage
that can be caused when a user forgets
to open both latches. With an optional
automatic latch, Midland bi-fold doors
can be opened with the push of a button,"
added Myrvik.
When it comes to selecting the door,
the customization options available for a
customer to choose from are many.
"Bi-fold doors can be mounted to
wood, steel and concrete hangars. Doors
can range from 36' to 90' wide and 10'
to 33' high for single engine aircraft to
corporate jets. Hangars can be retrofitted
with a bi-fold door even if the existing
structure was not designed for a bi-fold
door. Sliding door conversions to
bi-fold doors are common and utilize
a steel header and jambs mounted to
the exterior of the existing structure,"
described Myrvik. "Door colors can be
customized to match any building. Door
sheeting and trim is available in 26- or
29-gauge ribbed steel, and the interior
liner panels also are 29-gauge ribbed
steel. Midland paints each doorframe
exterior to match the building's trim
color. Midland offers several options
for greater convenience and ventilation,
as well. For example, a pre-hung walk
door offers easy building access without
opening the bi-fold door. Walk-doors


Airport Business

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Airport Business

Inside the Fence
Industry Update
On the Wild Side
Change for Good
Cover Story: Economy Inflight
Williston Takes Flight
Enhance Airport and Airline Relations
FBOs and OEMs: Strange Bedfellows
Airport Guru
Solid Answers for Successful Airports
Product Focus
Animal Control on the Runway
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Airport Business - 2
Airport Business - 3
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Airport Business - 6
Airport Business - Inside the Fence
Airport Business - Industry Update
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Airport Business - On the Wild Side
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Airport Business - 15
Airport Business - Change for Good
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Airport Business - Cover Story: Economy Inflight
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Airport Business - Williston Takes Flight
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Airport Business - Enhance Airport and Airline Relations
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Airport Business - FBOs and OEMs: Strange Bedfellows
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Airport Business - Airport Guru
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Airport Business - Solid Answers for Successful Airports
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Airport Business - Product Focus
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Airport Business - Animal Control on the Runway
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