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Aircraft hangar heating solutions

Aircraft hangar heating solutions by Schwank Innovative Heating Solutions


Heating aircraft hangars has always been technically and financially challenging for the following reasons:


  • Aircraft hangars, by their very nature, are vast open areas with high, open roof spaces and are usually sited in exposed and often windy locations. 
  • Aircraft hangars are also the critical setting for carrying out extremely regulated and costly aircraft maintenance. It is, therefore, a highly specialised, highly customised building that needs to be heated and ventilated efficiently and properly. 
  • An aircraft hangar is likely to accommodate a range of operations – maintenance and testing; component storage and staging; hazardous materials storage; documentation; cleaning; airplane painting – many of which are sensitive to peaks or drops in temperature. 
  • The difficulty of maintaining temperature when the large hangar doors are opened to allow planes to enter and leave the building.
  • Cold, incoming plane's act like an ice block, radiating cold air into the rest of the hangar. 
  • Personnel working on the aircraft need to be kept comfortable when working on often highly technical builds and repairs.


To meet these very particular demands, Schwank’s range of gas fired infrared radiant tube heaters were used to great effect to provide multi zone capabilities at Air Nelson’s maintenance facilities in New Zealand. Ground staff were overwhelmingly positive about the improvement to their working conditions, in particular, highlighting the instant heating and effective maintenance of design temperatures.

Further details of how Schwank responded to the challenges of weather and building to provide an aircraft hangar heating solution Air Nelson (wholly owned by Air New Zealand) can be found here:


Air New Zealand Case Study





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