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Delivering a highly specified hangar to fulfil the exacting requirements of Aerobility; a flying charity providing flying experiences and training to disabled people at their headquarters at Blackbushe airport, Tatenhill.

Operating from their headquarters at Blackbushe Airfield, Aerobility is a flying charity that provides ‘experience of a lifetime’ trial flying lessons for as many terminally ill and disabled people as possible every year, also 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 20.0 meter wide double trellis, steel framed hangar with a twin sheet construction to provide the level of insulation required. 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 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 the design 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, balanced for capability, most being owned outright with others leased to suit demand. Their main training aircraft is the Piper Warrior 161, adapted so that it can be flown by people with disabilities.

This hangar was installed in 2014 and has since 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.