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Airplane Hangar Planning - Assembling the Project Team

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.

Project Manager
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.

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Planning and Design Consultants
In many cases, the project manager will supplement the in-house team with an architect-engineer, cost estimator, construction manager, or construction contractor. These consultants contribute familiarity with building design, permits, and construction practice, including project costs, scheduling, and mistake avoidance. The role of project consultants is not to establish goals but to assist the in-house team in developing realistic goals. Corporate objectives can be met only if the project cost, schedule, and quality goals are established by the in-house project team, not by consultants.


Consultation Selection
Consultants should have a proven record in the planning, design, and construction of airplane hangars similar to the project under consideration. Design professionals are a necessary part of the hangar project team, and they must have experience with aviation facilities to be effective. The consultants should be familiar with not only building and site design but also with typical airline hangar operating and maintenance procedures. Because the cost of planning and design is low compared with the cost of construction, these consultants should be selected for their qualifications and not necessarily the lowest fee.

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