Construction began this past week on a new Minot Aero Center hangar with other amenities for general aviation pilots.
The new hangar is being built to accommodate more and larger aircraft than the center's existing hangar.
R&K Contractors Inc., of Minot, is the contractor for the $2.5 million project. The hangar is being built north and northwest of the existing Minot Aero Center, the general aviation terminal, at the Minot International Airport.
This is an architect’s drawing, hanging in the Minot Aero Center, of the new hangar that will be connected to the Minot Aero Center at the Minot International Airport. The existing building is at the right and the new hangar at the left.
Minot Aero Center is co-owned by Warren Pietsch and Brian Sturm.
The new building itself will be 175 feet long and 186 feet wide, with the hangar portion being 150 feet long and 175 feet wide. The hangar will have a 119-foot-wide and 28-foot-high door for planes.
Plans are to have the hangar portion ready by Jan. 1, Pietsch said.
The new building will include a lobby, office spaces, garage space and several day rooms for pilots. Plans are to have those amenities ready by May 2013, Pietsch said.
The new heated hangar and the existing Minot Aero Center will be connected. The existing center building will continue with the present services.
Minot Aero Center, a fixed-base operator at the Minot airport,offers services including fueling services, aircraft charter and rental, flight instruction, aircraft repair and hangar space. The existing transient hangar has 12,000-square-feet of heated space.