Aircraft painting

Aircraft painting using your existing hangar

This gallery shows pictures of the Tullamarine 737 aircraft painting bay that was created in one of John Holland Aviation’s hangars.

Tullamarine painting facility for aircraft

Aircraft painting

Dividing part of your existing hangar into a temporary paint bay can be very cost effective.

On-site aircraft painting to cut costs.

Aircraft painting bays can be created out of your existing hangar. The photo shows a paint bay using one third of an existing hangar at Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne, then owned by John Holland Aviation. (Sold to Melbourne Jet Base in 2016 who developed a new executive jet terminal opposite the old hangars) Fun fact: The hangar known as “The Boat Shed” was used to hide Alan Bond’s  yacht Australia II in 1983 prior to shipping it to the US for the America’s Cup. The width of the paint bay area was forty metres, the depth sixty metres and the curtain drop twenty two metres, with a further eight metres to the top of the roof that was sealed with fabric. The main components were;

  1. Two individual curtains were used which had a sealing joint in the corner. A winching mechanism ensured that the curtains were fully tensioned when pulled over by hand.
  2. A separate motorised gantry beam (yellow beam in top righthand side of photo) had a curtain track attached, so when the curtains were secured against the walls, this  beam was parked against the back wall. This allowed the lifting gantry full access to the length of the hangar for maintenance when the paint bay was not in use.
  3. Two removable personal lockable access doors ensured security of the paint bay operations.
  4. A negative pressure was maintained when painting was in progress with an exhaust suction system.
  5. To open and anchor the curtains or close them took two people working at floor level for less than 30 minutes.

Fully aviation regulation compliant 

  1. Ground earthing of the aircraft and anti static curtains complied with the aircraft painting protocols.
  2. The building engineering was certified to be able to take the curtains and the roof flexibility was measured to create a flexible anchoring system.
  3. All the high quality components that were used came with certification certificates ensuring there was minimum maintenance required.
  4. The curtains were designed with blow-out panels so as to not to impede the foam fire suppression system and comply with local fire fighting regulations.
  5. The design specified that the main hangar doors were to be closed during paint bay use except for operational requirements. The curtains were tested for 30 minutes in a 60kph wind and withstood the pressure and maintained their integrity.

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