Qantas Heavy Maintenance Facility
Qantas Airways Limited
Aircraft require regular inspection and maintenance based on calendar age, hours flown, the number of take-off / landing cycles completed, and all major aircraft systems have limits on their service life. In addition, there is a stream of modifications issued by the manufacturers arising from shared industry experiences and knowledge. This work is structured into a series of maintenance checks, from work that can be done in a single shift without a hangar through to heavy maintenance works requiring several weeks in a hangar. Efficient scheduling plays an important part in maximizing the availability of the fleet. Architectus designed the Qantas heavy maintenance facility, one of the largest aircraft facilities in the southern hemisphere.
The hangar at the Qantas Heavy Maintenance Facility in Brisbane provides a facility for both Qantas’ Boeing and Airbus aircrafts. The three main components of the facility are the hangar, the stores building and the workshop building.
The hangar, the largest of the elements, is dominated by the main 160m clear span truss and the large support columns framing the aircraft entry doors. High level operable louvres provide controlled natural ventilation.
The administration and staff spaces are externally indicated by Qantas’ iconic red, while the workshop area is characterised by its functionality, linking in with the stores building.