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Owners and Operators Seek Affordable Helicopter Storage

Single-engine helicopter landing on an ice field with no hangar facilities

Helicopters provide reliable and direct transportation to and from working locations, ranging from urban business towers to remote oil and gas fields. Helicopters save users time and money by avoiding time delays that happen with other less direct transportation options. Sometimes, they’re the only option, when sites are extremely remote or inaccessible by air strip or road.

But, the flexibility provided by helicopters also means providing for their storage and care in the field. Caring for and protecting equipment in the field when not in use can present a challenge. Outdoor storage, leaving equipment subject to the elements even for short periods, can lead to equipment damage from wind gusts, blowing dust and debris, or pounding rain, snow or hail. Outdoor temperatures, hot and cold, make servicing a helicopter more difficult for the maintenance crew. Unsheltered equipment is more easily vandalized or damaged by other aircraft or vehicles passing by. Placing out of service helicopters in an enclosed hangar, even overnight, protects these expensive assets and helps make sure they are in shape to fly again when needed.

Tension Fabric Helicopter Hangars

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Tension fabric structures (TFS) provide a convenient, fast and reliable hangar solution for helicopter storage. Tension fabric structures are clear span, with no interior columns or obstructions. They are highly stable, versatile structures, widely used in aviation as aircraft hangars, for storage, service and maintenance for both large and small aircraft. A TFS may shelter a single, privately owned aircraft, or be used for a fleet of commercial aircraft.

Often a tension fabric hangar is used to add hangar capacity where hangar space is in short supply. Or, they fill temporary storage needs where building traditional hangars doesn’t make economic sense. They are used at small or large airports and at busy airstrips where extra capacity is needed, or at remote airports where traditional construction is impractical.

Fabric aircraft hangars are exceptionally suitable for helicopter storage, with easy transport and delivery, availability in a variety of sizes and options, and the ability to go where you need your helicopters to be.

On-Site Helicopter Hangars

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Helicopter fleets provide transport for a range of industries, as well as for NGO’s and governmental operations for use in remote and sometimes difficult locations. For many operations, such as offshore oil and gas mining, helicopters provide a quick lifeline to the mainland, business headquarters, medical services and supply depots. Having a secure, sheltered facility nearby to care for the helicopter, and its supplies and maintenance equipment is a must, yet many operations that depend on helicopter service are by nature remote, with little or no access to buildings that can house a helicopter.

Fabric structures are designed to provide shelter in unlikely and difficult locations, including at offshore or remote mining operations. They can be installed wherever they are needed in rural or urban locations, on uneven ground, on docks, piers, ships or floating platforms, or in small, rural clearings with limited access. They stand up to salty ocean environments and dry desert climates, as well as extreme cold. Easily relocatable and resizable, they can go wherever your operation needs them to be to meet your current helicopter storage capacity needs.

The light, aluminum frame and modular structure of the TFS means it is easily transportable, and, once on site, can be installed in a matter of days for short or long term use. The structure is available in a number of widths and custom lengths to accommodate one or many helicopters or other aircraft, vehicles and equipment.

Storage Solutions for Surplus Helicopters

Allsite tension fabric structure permanent airport hangar with large aircraft and bright lighting

As operational needs shift and change, part or all of a helicopter fleet may become inactive. Oil and gas drilling operations often experience down times when entire helicopter fleets may not be in active use. Storing surplus helicopters means mothballing them for an extended length of time. Solve that problem with a tension fabric helicopter hangar that provides convenient and safe storage when and where it is needed, and for as long as it is required. Fabric structures avoid the cost and time of traditional building construction, yet can provide reliable long term service as helicopter storage facilities. With a variety of anchoring options, they can be installed on asphalt, hard or frozen ground, turf, marshy or rocky ground, or virtually any surface, with no foundation required

The structure’s aluminum-alloy frame and heavy-duty, specially formulated PVC fabric are designed for stability and durability and are built to last. They resist damage from UV rays, mold, rust and most other contaminants. The interior can be climate controlled to maintain the desired interior environment. Usable in any location, fabric storage buildings provide convenient, affordable and reliable storage where equipment can be accessed and serviced regularly to keep it in flying condition.

Allsite Tension Fabric Hangar for Helicopter Storage

Allsite Structure Rentals works with a range of aviation industry professionals to provide hangars for a variety of shelter needs for aircraft, including airplanes, drones and helicopters. Our hangars provide extra capacity at overcrowded airport service hubs where space is short. They are used as aircraft shelters, storage and service facilities at major airports as well as at regional and remote airstrips in mountains, deserts or marine environments, wherever they are needed. Each project is custom designed for the user’s needs to provide the perfect storage solution for their aircraft service and storage needs. If you need a helicopter storage solution for your operations, contact Allsite today to learn how we can help you.

Author Peter Milligan

Peter Milligan is a Business Development Manager at Allsite, with degree in Psychology from Lafayette College and 14 years experience in matching customers with Tension Fabric Structure solutions. Read more about Peter and the rest of our team at

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