Aviation

LeaseCorp begins construction on its biggest jet hangar yet

A Gulfstream III, left, and a Cessna Citation XLS sit inside LeaseCorp Aviation’s Hangar 3 on Monday. The company has started construction on a fourth one that will be roughly 7,000 square feet larger than Hangar 3.
A Gulfstream III, left, and a Cessna Citation XLS sit inside LeaseCorp Aviation’s Hangar 3 on Monday. The company has started construction on a fourth one that will be roughly 7,000 square feet larger than Hangar 3. The Wichita Eagle

Fewer than two months after opening its third — and largest to date — aircraft hangar at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport, LeaseCorp Aviation has begun construction on a fourth one.

LeaseCorp’s fourth hangar — construction of which is expected to be complete next spring — will be even larger than its last one, which opened July 1, LeaseCorp general manager Ray Koenig said Monday.

The fourth hangar, to be located just south of Hangar 3 at 6565 W. Pueblo Ct., will be 28,650 square feet and will be equipped with a 28-foot-high by 140-foot-wide hangar door, accommodating “the biggest Gulfstream and the biggest Cessna, even the (Citation) Hemisphere,” he said.

It will share a concrete ramp with Hangar 3. The ramp will have a 70-foot-wide entrance from the taxiway, enabling large jets to move in and out easily and quickly, he said.

The new hangar will also have five offices on the main floor and five on the second floor and lobbies for both, as well as a conference room. The pedestrian entrance of the hangar will feature LeaseCorp’s signature brick and limestone facades, leaded glass panels on the inside and carpeted waiting areas with leather couches, televisions, kitchenettes and wireless internet.

Smith Construction is the general contractor.

Started in 2012 specifically to build and operate hangars for private aviation at Eisenhower, LeaseCorp Aviation almost has as many hangars as years in business.

Koenig said demand for business aircraft hangars has been strong because few if any new ones have been built in several decades.

“We probably started the first hangar a little over four years ago,” he said. “It’s gone fairly quickly, which amazes me sometimes.

“We kind of struck a nerve, or need.”

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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