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Typically, the planning
phase of a hangar project involves a relatively small number of
airline in-house personnel. They should represent all functions
that will use the new hangar. Department heads or supervisors who
are responsible for airplane maintenance and key individuals from
flight operations and facilities usually are most involved. Other
departments such as ground-support equipment, cargo operations,
corporate management, and information systems often participate
in the initial requirements study and subsequent planning and design
phases. It is also important that facilities maintenance personnel,
crane operators, and fire and safety personnel review the planning
documents to ensure the plan is viable.
In addition to having the appropriate in-house team members, the
program must be led by an effective and empowered project manager.
The project manager is responsible for meeting project goals and
must be skilled at coordinating input from a diverse group of managers
and specialists. An effective project manager has the authority,
time, and qualifications to successfully attain project goals. He
or she must be empowered by the organization to make the decisions
necessary to maintain cost, schedule, and quality goals, or the
hangar project will suffer.