The National Fire Protection Association’s technical committee on airport facilities has dropped a proposed requirement for automatic sprinkler systems in Group III hangars. The revision to the NFPA 409 Standard on Aircraft Hangars is set to be submitted to the NFPA Standards Council for final approval, according to NATA, and included in the 2010 revision of NFPA 409.
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If they didn’t already know it, attendees at the NATA FBO Leadership Conference held last month in Chantilly, Va., learned that fire codes set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) can have a huge effect on the cost of building new hangars. They also learned that even more stringent local fire codes can make hangar construction costs prohibitively expensive.
In a survey of members who own or operate aircraft hangars, the National Air Transportation Association asked how new National Fire Protection Association 409 foam fire-suppression requirements would affect their businesses. According to NATA, “Forty-four percent of respondents claim that they have cancelled plans to build a hangar or have reduced hangar size because of the cost of compliance with NFPA 409.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says its new revised NFPA 409 standard does not require Group II hangars to be fitted with foam fire-suppression systems, as was previously thought by NATA and NBAA and reported in last week’s issue of AINmxReports.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) says requiring foam fire suppression systems to be installed in Group II hangars is financially “impractical and not justifiable.” Group II hangars cover more than 12,000 sq ft and their main doors are up to 28 feet high.