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What to Know About De-icing & Hangar Fees

Photo courtesy of Aspen Times

De-icing your aircraft when needed is critical for passenger safety. In the simplest terms, de-icing an aircraft means removing the ice and snow from a jet before takeoff.  Adverse weather conditions can
affect travel plans this time of year. Although an inconvenient charge, it can be a necessary part of cold weather travel, especially in and out of ski country.

Like fuel stops, no one likes de-icing or hangar charges.  However, they are vital part of safe aviation during the winter months, and we try every measure possible to avoid them.

It is crucial to remove all of the ice and snow build up on the jet’s wings and rear tail, as well as the nose where the radar equipment is kept. The jet’s wings and tail shape are precisely engineered in order to produce the proper lift for flight. If there is a change in this shape due to snow and ice, it can cause critical issues with the aircraft’s performance, especially at take-off.

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Putting your jet in a hangar can make your life easier during winter weather and temperatures. When possible operators try to arrange to put the aircraft in a hangar prior to the flight. The few hundred dollars for a hangar is much better than the possibility of several thousand for a  de-icing bill.

Here’s a closer look at the de-icing process.
The De-icing Process
  • To remove the ice and snow, de-icing fluid will be sprayed onto the jet. The fluid will have de-icing and/or anti-icing properties.
  • In some scenarios, private jet passengers will be on board during this process to allow immediate takeoff after de-icing and to
    eliminate further flight delays.
Aircraft De-icing Fluids (ADF)/Aircraft Anti-icing Fluids (AAF)
    • There are a variety of types of ADFs/AAFs. They are typically made of ethylene glycol (EG) or propylene glycol (PG),
      thickening agents, corrosion inhibitors and UV-sensitive dye, among other ingredients. PG fluids tend to be used more often because they are less toxic than the EG fluids.
    • The Society of Automotive Engineers publishes the definitions of the four types of aviation de-icing fluids.
      1. Type I fluids have low viscosity, are sprayed on at high
        pressure and at hot temperatures. They offer short term protection because they do not stick to surfaces for long
        after use, and are generally orange in color for both
        identification and distribution purposes.
      2. Type II fluids contain a thickening agent to prevent it from immediately rolling off the jet after application. The Type II de-icing fluids are usually a light yellow color and generally stay put until the jet reaches a cruising speed of about 100+ knots. At higher speeds the fluid viscosity breaks down. For this reason, this type of fluid is only appropriate for larger jets.
      3. Type III fluids fall somewhere between Type I and Type II de-icing fluids. They are intended to be used on slower jets and are also a light yellow color.
      4. Type IV fluids are quickly becoming the most popular. They meet the same standards as Type II fluids, but they last
        considerably longer. Type IV fluids are usually dyed green for thorough application.
    • Type II, III and IV de-icing fluids containing
      thickening agents are commonly known as anti-icing fluids because they are made and utilized to prevent further icing after an initial Type I de-icing fluid has been applied.
De-icing Costs

De-icing fluid is an added expense and is charged after the
customers’ trip because it is not possible to predict in advance if de-icing conditions will apply. When possible, storing the aircraft in a hangar can help to minimize de-icing charges. We encourage you to be on time for departures especially in cold weather. Leaving an aircraft unnecessarily on the ramp could lead to additional de-icing. We advise you to communicate any possible departure changes as soon as you are aware of them.

De-icing fluid costs are calculated on a cost per gallon basis at each airport, and often there is only one supplier that a private jet is able to use.  Costs will be determined on a trip by trip basis.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can answer any additional questions or assist you in planning your next trip.

We look forward to working with you in the new year!

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All flights arranged by Private Business Jets, LLC DBA FlyPrivate are operated by Part 135 Certified Air Carriers. FlyPrivate will act as your agent for the purpose of obtaining charter service.

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Travel Tips for Private Fliers

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Chartering a private jet allows you the opportunity to experience the convenience, timesaving, flexibility, comfort and luxury not
available on a commercial flight, even in first class. In this blog, we will outline the most important things to consider when flying on a private aircraft. We hope this will serve as a helpful resource for first-time private flyers and a good reminder to those of you who are private aviation veterans.

1.  Let the experts help you choose the right jet. The jet company you choose to work with will be your best and most valuable
resource in this instance. You provide them with the details of the trip (i.e. your flight plan, number of passengers, baggage you will be bringing, amenities you would prefer, and any other needs you would like met) and they should be able to give you several jet
options
that will suit those needs and wants.

2.  Learn how private charter can save you valuable time and
therefore money.
While private jets do not generally travel at faster speeds than commercial airliners, a private flight is undoubtedly faster. This is due to may factors including: more direct routes, less time waiting on the tarmac, easier check-in procedures, no baggage x-rays, security procedures or baggage pickup, car drop off and pickup on the tarmac, and access to private airport terminals that help avoid crowds that can cause additional delays.

3.  Safety procedures. All pilots are required to follow the precise policies mandated by the FAR Part 135 regulations, which also
require them to follow a training program approved by the FAA. The program must include recurrent air, ground and emergency training at a Part 142 approved facility. In addition, insurance regulations
require flight simulator training at a Part 142 approved facility. All aircraft are operated by select air carriers that a) have been certified under Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR); and b) meet the strict standards for safety, administered through a
strategic alliance with Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARG/US) and other independent auditors.

4.  Once you have chosen your jet company, keep the following in mind…

  • Communicate your needs. Whether your concerns pertain to the aircraft, pilots, crew, FBO, or your trip details, communicate your needs. It is also wise to ask for recommendations if you are
    unsure of the options available to you. Do you need a certain type of aircraft due to passenger count, range or baggage? Would Wi-Fi be helpful? Will you be traveling with your pet(s)? Do you need car service or specific catering due to dietary needs?
    Communicate your destination address so the closest airport can be determined.
  • Advanced booking is recommended. While many jet companies can arrange last minute flights, it is in your best interest to plan in advance whenever possible to give you more options in the
    booking process. Availability is strongly subject to how far in
    advance your trip is booked. Get the exact aircraft you want/need before someone else books it. We recommend a lead-time of 1-2 weeks to have your choice of aircraft. During peak travel seasons and holidays however, booking a month or two in advance is
    advised.
  • Know who to call for assistance. At FlyPrivate, our Client
    Services team is happy to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With over 14 years of industry experience, we are here to exceed our clients’ expectations trip after trip.

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Phone: 1-800-641-JETS (5387)

All flights arranged by Private Business Jets, LLC DBA FlyPrivate are operated by Part 135 Certified Air Carriers. FlyPrivate will act as your agent for the purpose of obtaining charter service.

How Flight Simulators Enhance Safety

Gulfstream G650 SimulatorBusiness aviation pilots must be ready for everything from bad weather, to air-traffic-control problems, to the failure of on-board computers. Training in an airplane to handle such situations can be both expensive and dangerous…hence the need for flight simulators.

While early simulators were relatively unsophisticated, the ones in use today mimic an aircraft’s sounds, movements and visual effects so accurately that some crews break into a sweat while training, having completely forgotten that they’ve never left the ground. When a pilot pushes the control wheel on a simulator forward, he feels as if he truly is in an aircraft that’s diving toward the Earth. On “takeoff,” he hears all the sounds he’d hear if he were really
beginning a flight.

Simulators offer the opportunity to practice maneuvers that are too dangerous to try in the sky, such as handling an inadvertent thrust-reverser deployment that could flip an aircraft if the pilot were caught too close to the ground. Flight simulators are an integral piece of the recurrent Part 135 training program. The pilots must successfully complete a sequence of FAA mandated maneuvers and situations to be certified for your flights.

All aircraft we use are Part 135 Certified, one of the most stringent standards in the country. In addition, FlyPrivate requires a third party safety audit of each operator from organizations such us ARG/US, Aviation Research Group of the United States.

If you have an upcoming trip we can help with, please contact us for your free flight quote today.

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Website: www.flyprivate.com
Email: fly@flyprivate.com
Phone: 1-800-641-JETS (5387)

All flights arranged by Private Business Jets, LLC DBA FlyPrivate are operated by Part 135 Certified Air Carriers. FlyPrivate will act as your agent for the purpose of obtaining charter service.