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November 7, 2017

Why Detached Steel Hangars are Perfect for Airpark Pilots and Planes

Having metal hangars at home creates a paradise for pilots and their planes at airparks across the U.S. and Canada. These residences-parked-on-a-runway create a haven for aviation enthusiasts and the real loves of their lives— their aircraft.

Since November is National Aviation History Month, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at these fly-in communities that are making aviation history.

Aviators and Airparks: Love at First Flight

Passionate fliers often bemoan the fact they never seem to get enough time in the air.
Imagine having your plane ready and waiting at your home— with a runway in your backyard! That’s the airpark concept.

Today thousands of avid aviators live in these fly-in communities, combining hearth and hobby in one convenient location.

Airparks vary greatly in size and conveniences. Some rural airparks encompass only a few dozen homes surrounding a simple grass runway. More elaborate airparks boast paved and lighted runways, tennis courts, golf courses, and other nearby urban comforts and conveniences.

What does not vary is the sense of camaraderie experienced when living in a community of pilots who share the tenacious love of flying.

The Living with Your Plane Web site estimates there are just under 600 airparks in the U.S. According to the Web site, the top five airpark states are Florida (71), Texas (67), Washington (57), California (36), and Georgia (27).

Attached Hangar or Detached Hangar?

Some airpark residents actually incorporate the hangar as part of their house, creating a glorified garage for their aircraft. However, this is not without huge problems. Currently, International Building Code (IBC) restrictions make attached residential hangars a permitting nightmare and a costly project.

Detached metal hangars offer one specific advantage over attached hangars: unlimited space restrictions.

Most people want a large multi-use steel hangar to house not only their planes or helicopters, but also their cars, boat, RV, lawn equipment, and workshop. Naturally, that requires a large metal hangar building with lots of open space.

Unfortunately, IBC restrictions limit an attached residential hangar to less than 2,000 sq. ft. with a height less than 20 feet. That is far too little space for what most airpark residents desire. In addition, there are numerous other stringent restrictions for attached hangars concerning egress, firewalls, electrical outlets, sprinkler systems, fire-retardant materials, and so forth.

Local building codes may place further demands on attached residential hangars.

Consequently, most airpark residents opt to build their hangars near their house, but detached.


Private pilots find exactly what they need with RHINO-tough pre-engineered metal hangars. Our strong, durable steel hangars are affordable to buy, easy to construct, and economical to operate.

RHINO offers a wide range of clear span hangar possibilities, with multiple hangar door options.

Choose the perfect size metal hangar building for your needs, and let RHINO work out the details. Speak to a RHINO steel building specialist today for more information and a fast, friendly quote. Call 888.320.7466 now to start making your dream hangar a reality.


- by Bruce Brown,
Steel Building Systems, Inc

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