Enhancing Aircraft Maintenance and Service with First-In- Asia Inflatable Hangar
4 March 2021
Adopting innovative technologies and repurposing the existing technical offerings to offer world-class experiences has always been the core ideology of operations improvement across all GMR led airports. E-boarding, Face Recognition trials, Contact – less Self Check-in Kiosks, Self-Bag Drops, Contactless Information Desk are some of the best technologies currently in use at GMR led Delhi and Hyderabad Airports. And in continuum of this streak, GMR Aero Technic (GAT), the MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) division of GMR Air Cargo and Aerospace Engineering Ltd. (GACAEL), has taken a giant leap in terms of aircraft maintenance and service in Asia, by adopting a new innovative technology in the form of an Inflatable Hangar.
Specifications of GMR Aero Technic's Inflatable Hangar
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Formed by low pressure tubes aligned parallel to each other forming a "rib-cage" structure and is both fire-retardant and water-proof
Designed to withstand wind speeds up to 158.4 km/hr and can handle temperatures from -30 degree Celsius to +70 degree Celsius
Can be constructed within 3-4 months as compared to conventional hangar that takes more than 18 months to be constructed
One bay narrow body Inflatable Hangar is sufficient to take one B737 or A320 series aircraft which will add one additional bay to GAT’s already existing 7 bay capacity
Is cost-effective, reduces downtime to a minimum and saves time and money as compared to building a conventional hangar, at the same time catering for all the functionality, safety features and structural stability of the conventional hangar
The Inflatable Hangar will serve as a dedicated base maintenance facility complementing existing facility in GMR Aero Technic, Hyderabad and help in optimizing the already available resources in terms of manpower, tooling, support workshop etc. The Inflatable Hangar is equipped with doors, lighting, fire detection & extinguishing and ventilation system with centralized computer-based monitoring system including remote diagnostics. It is designed and built for regular continuous usage.