Pilot builds aircraft hangar at home and a runway next door

Pilot Henry Brewis, 50, from Bury st Edmunds, has built a cartlodge 'hanger' to store his four-seater aeroplane ANL-141230-115246001
Pilot Henry Brewis, 50, from Bury st Edmunds, has built a cartlodge 'hanger' to store his four-seater aeroplane ANL-141230-115246001

A commercial pilot has built a 105 square metre hangar at his home in Bury St Edmunds- to house his four-seater aeroplane.

Henry Brewis, 50, recently completed the huge cart lodge for his private Jabiru aeroplane - which he takes to the skies from a makeshift runway on his neighbour’s farm.

Henry, who has been a pilot for 30 years, said he used to store his plane at an airfield 20 minutes away but can now get airborne just a few metres from his front door.

He said: “I have been to Somerset which to takes about an hour and a half, to Ostend, you can get to Paris in a couple of hours, you can go all over the place really.

“My next door neighbour is a farmer and has basically mowed a grass strip to use as a run way.

“The carthouse took about three months to build.

“The biggest trouble with the build was the groundwork because the weather was so wet last year.”

As well as Henry’s light aircraft, the cart lodge is also home to the family’s four cars, which fit neatly under the Jabiru’s 8.12m wing span.

The ambitious project, completed with help from Fore-Most Garage Doors in Ipswich and garage door manufacturer Hormann, allows for expansion - so if the family decide to upgrade to a six-seater they can easily do so.

Henry, who lives with his wife Hayley and two daughters, said he was delighted that the project had been completed.

“I can now press a button, the doors open and away we go,” he said.