Qantas Engineering makes old hangar new and multi-purpose
Commissioned by the Royal Australian Air Force to convert four A330 commercial jets to mid-air refuelers, Qantas Engineering chose to re-furbish an existing doorless Ansett Aviation hangar with fully weather-sealing doors, simultaneously ensuring that the hangar could accommodate other aircraft after the conversion project’s completion.
- Access across entire hangar width, for full utilisation of hangar capacity.
- Fast, reliable performance.
- Long lifetime. Low operating cost.
- Excellent air tightness and wind resistance.
- Minimal maintenance need. Easy to repair.
- No floor tracks. Practically no door footprint.
- Extended warranties are available for up to 10 years on all components.
- Fully containable interior environment, to accommodate the extensive overhaul work required.
- Subsequent use plans to enable hangar to accommodate B747, B777 or two narrowbody aircraft side by side.
- Tight seal needed to negate the undulating apron area in front of hangar.
- Independent goalpost frame, to suspend doors on and convey load to existing structure.
- Flexible use, as well as energy efficiency.
- Ability for the door to withstand potential cyclonic conditions.
- Project and design collaboration with architects, engineers and contractor.
- Megadoor® vertical lifting fabric door, total dimension 77 m wide, comprising five individually or jointly manoeuvrable leaves
connected by swing-up mullions. Centre leaf 20 m high. Subsequent leaves each 14 m and 10 m high respectively.
- Installation and commissioning.