Home-United StatesAmerica's Best Shops - 1

America’s Best Shops – 1

When you’re passionate about businesses, planning a multipurpose shop takes on new dimensions. Just ask Glenn Heinen, who owns and flies aerial application aircraft, and also has a grain farm near Seneca, Kansas.

“We had to work the planning backward,” he said of his now nearly completed building.

In this case, the starting point for planning was a 2,400-foot grass runway Heinen already had on his farm. The endpoint was the existing hangar and farm shop 200 feet east of his house. The goal was to deconstruct the 50- by 70-foot hoop building he had used for about 20 years and put up a metal building in the same footprint. The new building provides storage and maintenance for both aircraft and farm equipment.

Heinen interviewed several contractors and building companies before choosing Morton Buildings to help plan and execute the project. Before the design process even began, the company rep asked Heinen an insightful question: What’s the largest plane you might ever want to store in the building? Heinen considered then responded that, based on the length of his runway, the largest plane he could land there was an Air Tractor AT-802 with a wingspan of about 60 feet.

Like many farmers before him, Heinen learned that size does matter, and he had to plan a building larger than he originally thought. Otherwise, his largest plane might not fit.

“The size of the runway determined the size of the building,” he said with a laugh.

Read more at Progressive Farmer

RELATED ARTICLES

CURRENT ISSUE

CLASSIFIEDS

  • 1994 AT-502B -34, N394LA1994 AT-502B -34, N394LA
    1994 AT-502B -34, N394LA, Clean, great flying 502B. 9000 TT, 815 SHOT, 3800 SLOH, new wings, new 4-blade prop. SATLOC Bantam with G4 screen and Intelliflow, Reabe hopper gauge, side load fuel, Kawak t[...] Read more »
  • Two Air Tractor Gen II Fire Gates for SaleTwo Air Tractor Gen II Fire Gates for Sale
    Two Air Tractor Gen II fire gates for sale, well maintained and available starting mid-October. Please call 970-571-0871[...] Read more »
  • Multi-rated Pilot Needed for Southeast OperationMulti-rated Pilot Needed for Southeast Operation
    Multi-rated pilot needed for Southeast operation. Must be able to fly fixed or rotary-wing aircraft. Experienced preferred. Must be willing to relocate for year around seat. Email resume and reference[...] Read more »

Most Popular