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Henriksen Jet Center, Houston

Three eight-leaf Norco Universal Door Systems supplied by Norco Manufacturing Corp. were installed at Henriksen Jet Center, a fixed-base operator (FBO) at Houston Executive Airport.

Three eight-leaf Norco Universal Door Systems supplied by Norco Manufacturing Corp. were installed at Henriksen Jet Center, a fixed-base operator (FBO) at Houston Executive Airport. The 23,400-square-foot hangar is part of an expansion that, when complete, will include a 22,000-square-foot terminal.

The 180-foot-wide by 28-foot-high, eight-leaf, bi-parting door system can open on the left side, right side or both, depending upon the size of the aircraft using the hangar.

Northern Stacking door system is intended for snow and other precipitation found in northern states, but also ensures reliable operation despite dust and debris blown by wind. No portion of the bottom rail is exposed to the elements when the Northern Stacking door system doors are closed.

The doors are constructed with galvanized secondary members and a perimeter of hot-rolled steel for appearance, strength and longevity. All members are pre-drilled utilizing computer controlled fabrication for bolt-together installation.

When the door system is closed a nylon reinforced weather seal surrounds the perimeter of each leaf to protect aircrafts from weather, debris and birds. Interior perimeter seals can be added for more protection.

The Norco Universal Door System includes an electric operating system, upper-track system with upper guides, galvanized soffit, structural supports and clips, door leaves and perimeter seals, all designed using 3-D digital modeling to ensure a seamless integration into the hangar.

Andy Perry, executive director at Houston Executive Airport, says building the new terminal arrival canopy would help it meet the demands of higher-end businesses. "As far as we're concerned, the main features we got out of the door were ease of operation and not having to deal with any problems," he says.

Henriksen Jet Center is named after Ron Henriksen, who opened the center in 2007 when he saw a need for an airport to serve west Houston. A range of amenities are offered 24 hours a day at the FBO including office space, courtesy vehicles, a lounge for pilots, onsite assistants and cooling units for planes. Henriksen Jet Center employs 18 people and approximately 50 more people work at the other 75 businesses at Houston Executive Airport.

Door systems: Norco Manufacturing Corp., Franksville, Wis., www.norcomfg.com