Work begins on new hangar
Tuesday, 13th June, 2017
Construction has started on a new hangar to replace the 80-year-old heritage-listed structure at the RFDS base.
The hangar, which is being built on the southwest side of the base, is part of a multi-million dollar redevelopment that was announced in April last year.
According to the RFDS South Eastern Section, the project will include a revamp of the existing Bellman hangar and an extension of the Bruce Langford Visitor Centre.
Capable of housing four aircraft, the new hanger was originally planned for completion early this year but construction is now set to be finished by the end of the year.
SE Section CEO Greg Sam said yesterday the concrete footings have so far been laid and steel frame work installed.
“Our existing hangar is heritage listed and has served us well since 1938 but the time has come for us to move to a more modern facility that can house more aircraft and allow for further expansions of our services in the future,” Mr Sam said.
“The new hangar will be air conditioned to ensure we’re even better placed to meet 21st century aviation standards, while also further expanding the healthcare services we offer in the future.”
Noel Passlow, a senior base engineer with three decades of experience working for the RFDS in Broken Hill, said the new hangar will allow for the separation of maintenance and operational arms of the organisation.
“The new hangar is being purpose built so we can carry out heavy maintenance in it, while the old hangar will be used to house operational aircraft,” he said.
“Another good thing about the new hangar was the placement; it will be in the east-west place, rather than the north-south which means we won’t be getting the prevailing winds coming into the front of the hangar like we do now.”