PrivateSky's hurricane-proof megahangar

 - May 6, 2008, 7:04 AM

That may jinx it, but the new maintenance service center hangar for PrivateSky at Fort Myers (Fla.) Airport (RSW) is being built to withstand a class 5 hurricane. The only one so built, the new climate-controlled hangar will be able to accommodate up to a dozen Gulfstream-size aircraft at PrivateSky’s FAR Part 145 repair station. An overhead crane will be installed for removing engines. PrivateSky chairman Vincent Wolanin (in photo) also decided to add a tail slot door so Boeing Business Jets could also be sheltered at his facility. The hangar will triple the FBO’s current floor area under roof, with an associated customer service center also under construction. PrivateSky has more than one million square feet of ramp area, according to Wolanin. Construction work is being performed by New York-based Bethlehem Construction, another Wolanin company. The new building is scheduled to come on line in November, and a grand opening celebration–to benefit the Children’s Hospital in Fort Myers–is scheduled for December 7.