How Weather Affects Your Private Flight

10 June 2019   Hangar Space

Weather is the single most important risk factor for both private and commercial flights, and charter companies and pilots constantly receive updated weather reports through the day and throughout their flights to ensure that passenger safety and travel time isn’t compromised. Here’s how different weather can affect your flight, from the team at Monmouth Executive Airport in NJ.

Hot, Sunny Weather

Aircraft are safe to operate in the warmest summer weather as well as heatwaves, and many aircraft are safety rated to operate in temperatures of up to around 128 degrees Fahrenheit. All private aircraft are fitted with energy-efficient, high-performance cooling systems so that guests travel in comfort no matter how hot it gets outside. However, this very hot weather does change the performance of the aircraft.

Because warm air is thinner than cool air, the aircraft’s fuel economy and aerodynamic capabilities are affected. It takes more power to get the aircraft into the air and this usually means a higher fuel consumption and a longer runway is required. This is factored into the flight plan, so it doesn’t affect the quality of your private flight experience.

Electrical Storms

In some areas, hot weather means a build-up of cumulonimbus clouds and a high probability of electrical storms, often in conjunction with sudden wet weather. While this weather certainly is dramatic, private pilots are trained to ensure that the aircraft and everyone on board are kept safe. This is done by using a more rapid climb rate on take-off that powers the aircraft high up above the level of the weather into still, calm airspace. Flight paths are more flexible for private jets, so they are also allowed to change their route to fly around large storms. The only time an electrical storm may interfere with your flight is if it is directly above the departure airfield.

Ice and Snow

Flying in very cold winter weather is safe, but aircraft can face challenges during take-off and landing, all of which the pilots are extensively trained to manage. The airport has to de-ice and clear the runway, and aircraft are also de-iced before take-off. Private flight routes are more flexible, and aircraft are able to take-off from a wider range of airports than commercial jets, so they’re better able to plan a route that avoids the worst winter weather and still gets you safely to your destination.

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Finding hangar space is a challenge anywhere in the country, but our offering of competitively priced custom hangar space in NJ and aircraft maintenance services along with our central location makes us a real alternative to the crowded airports of Teterboro and Morristown. We have aircraft hangars in NJ available immediately at affordable rates for helicopters, prop planes and multi-engine Gulfstream jets. In addition, we also offer hangar space in NJ for rent or for sale, custom hangar space and attached office space if needed, ensuring a quality investment for both recreational pilots and charter services.

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