Planning an aviation facility is so complicated that the FAA puts out guides to planning the most complex of them. Not every facility is as complicated as a full airport, but none of them are ever simple, and it’s very easy to forget important details during the design process. You should always have multiple people look over the plan to make sure that there are no errors. If you want to make their jobs easier, there are a few things that you should keep in mind as you work on your design.
Ease Of Access
Location is everything in real estate, even for an aviation facility. The details of a facility’s needs will vary depending on its purpose, but most of them need to accept regular deliveries of fuel and parts. That process will go a lot faster if it is easy to access the facility. Ease of access is also important for the people who use the facility on a regular basis. The combination of those factors mean that you should try to design your facility such that everyone can use it with a minimal amount of effort.
Every facility is different because every facility is designed with a different role in mind. Every aspect of the design should serve the facility’s goal, so it’s important to know that goal at the start of the design process. For example, a facility that expects to handle a lot of small airplanes can benefit from a collection of small hangars, but one that expects to receive larger aircraft needs to build a smaller number of large hangars. Many facilities serve multiple purposes, and they call for a delicate balancing act to make sure they can do everything that they need to do without taking up too much space. In every case, early planning is essential to get that balance right.
An aviation facility is a busy place, especially if people are flying in for an event. That can lead to people getting in each other’s way, which makes the whole facility slow down. Try to leave enough space to avoid traffic jams, even when people are hauling large parts through the facility.
Never forget that an aviation facility will need some areas that are not dedicated to aviation. Bathrooms are the most obvious example, but any facility that expects travelers who are landing after a long flight will also want easy access to food and places to rest. If there aren’t any shops or hotels nearby that can handle that demand, it can be prudent to leave some space in the aviation facility itself to make sure that everyone can be comfortable.