External view of NHV Offshore Helicopter Hangar with door closed
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NHV Offshore Helicopter Hangar

Wick John O’Groats Airport, Scotland

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nhv rubb hangar at wick airport

Rubb aviation building flies north to support international aviation company’s offshore projects.

A civilian helicopter operator has selected a Rubb Military aircraft hangar to enhance its helicopter operations and facilities at Wick John O’Groats Airport, Scotland.

The storage and maintenance hangar will be used by NHV UK, which is part of the global NHV Group (Noordzee Helicopters Vlaanderen), a fast growing international helicopter service company with contracts all over the world. NHV provides helicopter support for various offshore activities including transporting personnel and freight to and from offshore oil and gas platforms, transporting harbour pilots, winching crew and supplies to wind turbines, HEMS and search and rescue operations.

NHV’s aircraft storage facility from Rubb’s Expeditionary Forces Aircraft Shelter System (EFASS) range features a span width of 20m x 44m long with a closed rear gable end. Access is via a 17.7m wide x 5.5m high Heli-Door. The door is electrically operated via two slow moving helical geared motors, with emergency hand operation capability. This system does not require a base foundation or ramps. The door goes up and down at the touch of a button. Locking and safety devices operate automatically.

The EFASS hangar aluminium framework has been designed to maximise strength, minimise weight and still be robust enough to withstand the most challenging environments. The high quality 6082 T6 structural aluminium is annodised black and steel components are hot dipped galvanized to protect from corrosion.

The tough PVC covering tensioned membrane forms the protective barrier between the environment and the aircraft and equipment inside. This hangar is clad with double skin insulated fabric panels to accommodate and facilitate HVAC procedures.

Wick Airport is located in the north east corner of mainland Scotland in Caithness, on the edge of the rugged coast line, providing access to beautiful natural surroundings within small, close-knit and enterprising communities. The airport offers daily fixed wing flights to and from Aberdeen and Edinburgh and provides a gateway to local business activities and some spectacular scenery. Originally a grass airfield used from 1933 to 1939 by Captain E. E. Fresson’s Highland Airways Ltd (later Scottish Airways Ltd). The Air Ministry took it over in 1939 for use during WWII and construction the hard runways, hangars, and other operational buildings. The airport is currently managed by Highland and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) who operate a further 10 airfields in the Highlands for the social and economic welfare of this area.

NHV (UK) is located in the Klyne Business Aviation Centre, Norwich Airport, Norwich, UK.

nhv rubb hangar at wick airport

NHV UK are very impressed with Rubb’s professionalism, service and quality product, and would have no hesitation in using them for similar projects in the future. Rubb provided various options for consideration – cost, build options, sizes etc – and managed to use locally based companies where they could, which was very important to the community due to the remoteness of the location. NHV, the airport and the community fully supported the project and are very impressed with the hangar built by Rubb, which will hopefully attract more business to operate from Wick Airport and provide more work for the area too.

Commercial Manager NHV UK Colin Hancy