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Bespoke hangar design for Aerobility; a flying charity providing flying experiences and training to disabled people at their headquarters at Blackbushe airport

Operating from their headquarters at Blackbushe Airfield, Aerobility is a flying charity that provides ‘experience of a lifetime’ flying lessons for terminally ill and disabled people. Also providing subsidised flying days for other disability charities and at-cost instruction and qualification flight training to disabled people.

Briefed to create an environment suitable for disabled pilots; the space needed to be warm, light and easy to operate in while providing permanent hangarage for two light aircraft. We worked closely with Aerobility throughout the design and build process to ensure we delivered a building that performed to our clients exacting requirements.

We designed and manufactured a bespoke hangar, with a 20 metre wide double trellis steel frame and a twin sheet construction to provide a high level of insulation. Installed on a concrete pad for stability, unrestricted personnel access and simple aircraft deployment.

The space needed to be warm, light and easy to operate in while providing permanent hangarage for two light aircraft.

Specified with a manually operated steel panel sliding door – acting on a on a multi-track bottom rolling system, the door is simply opened and closed with minimum effort. Rolling access to the hangar is improved by embedding the bottom track runner into the concrete pad, providing generous and easy access for both aircraft and wheelchair users.

With the help of sponsors and supporters Aerobility operates a mixed fleet of light aircraft. Their main training aircraft is the Piper Warrior 161, adapted so that it can be flown by people with disabilities.

This bespoke hangar was installed in 2014 and has allowed Aerobility to deliver their promise of an ‘experience of a lifetime’ to a fantastic number of terminally ill and disabled people. At McGregor Hangars we are enormously proud to have played our part in helping Aerobility achieve their worthy ambitions.