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helicopter hangar guide

Helicopter Hangar Designs

Seeking a high-quality weather-resistant, fabric building to protect your helicopter from the elements and damaging weather?

Alaska Structures® custom designs, engineers, and manufactures the world’s most widely used fabric buildings. Our fabric buildings are unique in that they are custom-built structures designed to meet your helicopter hangar needs, and engineered to meet specific wind and snow loads required by local or international building codes for safety and long-lasting durability. 

Used in over 85 countries worldwide, Alaska Structures helicopter hangars are applied to protect expensive aircraft from damaging weather. Our helicopter hangar designs are ideal for helicopter storage facilities, helicopter maintenance facilities, aircraft repair facilities, as well as helicopter manufacturing and assembly plants. 

Before you begin designing your ideal helicopter hangar, be sure to: 

  1. Define your unique helicopter hangar requirements
  2. Review FAA Requirements and Building Codes.
  3. Consider the location of your helicopter hangar.
  4. Do some basic research and establish a general budget.  
  5. Familiarize yourself with fabric buildings.
  6. Develop initial helicopter hangar design ideas.

Once you have accomplished the above, contact us for a free consultation to discuss custom designing a helicopter hangar.

Helicopter Hangar Design Styles 

Individual (Single) Helicopter

A standard design for helicopter hangars. Ideal for individuals, private pilots, and small helicopter repair facilities.

Consecutive Rectangular

Comparable to individual helicopter hangars, consecutive rectangular hangars provide extra space for additional helicopters. Individual helicopter hangars are divided into units that are usually sold or rented out to individual pilots or operators. A great space-saving option for aviation officials needing to store multiple aircraft.


Consisting of two consecutive rectangular hangars placed back-to-back, these helicopter hangar systems provide additional helicopter storage in a single, deeper facility.


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Alaska Structures Hangar Door Systems

Nearly any hangar door system can be used with a custom-designed helicopter hangar from Alaska Structures. Below are some examples of hangar door options:

  1. Bottom Rolling Doors
  2. Electric Bi-Fold Doors
  3. Vertical Lift Doors
  4. Sliding Doors
  5. 8-Leaf Doors
  6. Bi-Parting Doors
  7. Floating Door Systems

Don’t see the specific hangar door you need for a helicopter hangar? Contact us with the hangar door specifications and our engineers will review and determine if they can be used with our fabric building systems.

Building Options for Helicopter Hangers

Traditionally, helicopter hangar facilities are made of sheet metal attached to metal beams that support the hangar structure. 

However, the downsides of these inflexible, expensive materials are beginning to register among modern buyers. 

While metal buildings provide a level of durability, they lack the ability to be easily expanded or relocated. In addition, the energy efficiency performance of metal buildings is poor compared to other building materials – especially when used in extreme hot or cold environments. 

Metal buildings are also susceptible to corrosion, especially if located near bodies of saltwater. Logistics-wise, metal buildings are expensive to transport, require heavy equipment and large construction crews to assemble, and can take weeks or months depending on the hangar design.

Engineered fabric buildings offer many advantages compared with typical construction methods. Tensioned fabric buildings from Alaska Structures drastically reduce the logistics and cost associated with transporting your helicopter hangar to your site. 

Once delivered, a helicopter hangar from Alaska Structures can be installed with a minimal crew in a matter of days, not weeks or months. Helicopter hangars made from fabric tension buildings can be quickly expanded, reconfigured, and easily relocated. We offer insulation, lighting, electrical, and HVAC systems to create temperature-controlled helicopter hangars. 


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Foundation Options for Helicopter Hangers

Our helicopter hangars can be installed on virtually any level surface, reducing pre-construction, and site work to build a helicopter hangar.

Unlike helicopter hangars made using conventional construction methods, as well as metal buildings that require extensive foundations, engineered fabric buildings from Alaska Structures have minimal foundation requirements. 

For more information or to discuss helicopter hangar designs using cloth buildings from  Alaska Structures, call +1-907-344-1565, send us an email, or contact us online.


Alaska Structures
Alaska Structures® is the world's leading provider of engineered fabric building and turnkey camp systems. Our modular buildings are proudly made in the U.S. and designed to meet area-specific wind and snow loads required by local codes or the International Building Code (IBC) for safety. No other fabric-building provider comes close to matching our level of expertise or experience.

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