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For Plane Lovers . . . (Part 5 of a 14 part series)

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Schweiss Doors Help Dreams Come True

This French pilot and aviation maintenance business owner took the extra step to fulfill what many had dreamed of for years. He is just one of a few of Schweiss bifold and hydraulic door customers, and Schweiss Doors had a part in making his dream come true.

Aviation Experts SARL is an established 15-year-old French aviation maintenance business and aerial photo survey and mapping business that services not only France and Europe but is called out to far reaching overseas locations. Its hangar and base of operations is located in Nangis, a 7,500 population commune in the Seine-et-Marne department in the ÃŽle-de-France north-central region of France, approximately an hours drive south of Paris.

Owner of the hangar and business is Thilo Eckardt, a former commercial airline pilot and mechanic of 30 years who also is qualified to fly helicopters.

The new hangar is used primarily for shop purposes; mostly for working on recreational aircraft up to small turbo-props for private and corporate use planes. It is equipped with two Schweiss Bifold Liftstrap doors, a 70 ft. x 22 ft. and a 50 ft. x 18.6 ft. door. The top half of the smaller door of the two has a glass panel across it to allow for additional outside light to enter.

Eckhart is now in the process of building an upper office and apartment add-on with a hangar below it that will have a Schweiss 30 ft. x 10.5 ft. one piece hydraulic door on it, big enough to open for a smaller plane.

 “I actually used to live in the states and saw bifold doors there for a long time. I wouldn’t build anything with a sliding door again. I had cable doors in the states, but like the straps better. I had a French-built bifold with cables, but it never really worked right,” noted Eckardt.


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