Hong Kong-based aviation services provider Metrojet reached a construction milestone last week in the development of its new aircraft hangar and maintenance facility in the Philippines, with the completion of the stressed arch roof framework of the 75,347-sq-ft hangar. The technology employed in the roof’s structure has been designed to meet the highest international standards for typhoon and seismic loadings. Known for its stiffness, durability, and cost efficiencies, the stressed arch design has been used in more than 100 hangars around the world.
When completed, the building with its 360-foot clear span opening and 70-foot-high apex will have the capacity to simultaneously accommodate up to 10 ultra-long-range business jets, including Airbus ACJs and Boeing BBJs. It will be equipped with an NFPA 409-compliant fire-suppression system to meet the world’s most stringent safety standards.
Scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2020, the complex at Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (née Clark International Airport) will include nearly three acres of ramp space in front of the hangar, a dedicated taxiway, and an adjoining 27,000-sq-ft, two-story FBO terminal.