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Carriage House helicopter hangar is likely the most unique in USA

The Carriage House on the lakeshore property of Sid Morris, Cornelius, NC is very likely the most unique in America! It doesn’t house horses and horse buggies. It doesn’t house antique autos. Instead it houses his R44 helicopter. And that chopper gets to the Carriage House by first landing on a helio pad on the end of his 200’ dock. A small electrically driven dolly then gently lifts the chopper with operator and guides the chopper to its proper stall inside this remarkable 4-star carriage house.

“I started tinkering with the idea of putting a landing pad on top of the boat house,” said Morris. “But I didn’t want to leave my Helicopter sitting outside. After about three years of doodling various ideas, I decided on the concept of an elevated dock running directly to the carriage house. Or perhaps more accurately my helicopter hangar.”

Parking space for his helicopter is provided by a 43’ long and 16’ high center concourse area. Two Schweiss helicopter hangar hydraulic doors, each 10’ wide by 12’ vertical provide access to this structure. Both the Schweiss doors are designed with French doors on the exterior. When these doors are closed, they match perfectly with the rest of the exterior design. You don’t have any impression of looking at a garage door.

Morris already knew about Schweiss doors. His mountain hangar is fitted with a 40’ x 18’ Schweiss bifold. Delivering that door up a 4,000 ft. mountain was quite a task but the Schweiss guys got it there. It was through the woods, up the hills, over the bridges, etc., but they got the job done.

Morris said it didn’t take much thinking to go Schweiss for his carriage house too. He needed a 12’ Schweiss Bifold. Delivering the door up a 4,000 ft. mountain was quite a task but the Schweiss guys got it there. It was through the woods, up the hills, over the bridges, etc., but they got the job done. “So it didn’t take much thinking to go Schweiss for my carriage house too. I needed a 12′ vertical clearspan and didn’t want to build higher to hook up bifolds. So these two hydraulics are perfect. No loss of headroom. Very well built. Just lots of structural integrity.”

“I see the Schweiss guys each year at Oshkosh for the big experimental air show. Plus I see their doors at hangars wherever I go. They make a very good product and we’ve been very happy with their service. The doors were delivered on time as scheduled. “It’s the only door I would consider,” concluded Morris.