Winter storms can cause inevitable delays when it comes to commercial airlines, and with good reason. Many airline accidents had been reported in the recent past, where either the functionality of the plane was affected in the sense that it was completely iced over or the runway was frozen with thick snow cover. But if you thought that winter storms meant hunkering down in the airport for long hours, you may need to do a rethink.
With private jets, you can cut down the number of hours you had to wait in the airport and better yet, you can even get your plane routed to nearby airports where the weather is much better. Everyone loves winter weather, and if you are an avid skier, you would want to hit the fresh powder snow on the slopes right away. And of course, this may involve traveling and flights and if you want to avoid the inevitable flight delays and the benefits of moving by private jets, then do read on.
Benefits of Private jets
Private jets and charter planes have to follow the same safety guidelines laid down by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and need to follow the same to operate their planes, and they also have to follow the same restrictions as well. But when compared to commercial airlines, private jets and charter planes can function much more smoothly during peak winter weather. Here are a few reasons as to why you may want to opt for private jets.
The great thing about private jets is that they are quite flexible as regards their flight plans; unlike commercial airlines, you can always request the flight plans to be modified so that the plane can be landed at a nearby local airport that is not completely closed down yet due to winter weather. Usually, the charter company would be monitoring the weather round the clock and would make the necessary changes in mid-flight as well, if the weather condition deteriorates.
Snow and Ice
Yes, they are indeed one of the most common reasons for planes to get delayed, however; this doesn’t mean that the plane cannot take off as all that would be required would be for the runway to be plowed. While the airport uses its general maintenance crew for the same, private airlines can use their staff for designated runways and clear up the runway faster. It should be pointed out that private jets can also take off in partially covered runways as well, the only proviso being that they require larger runways to do so.
Build Up of Moisture
As a plane takes off in the peak winter season, moisture tends to build up over the surface. And this moisture can turn to ice as the plane reaches higher altitudes and can cause the plane to be heavier, cause more drag, impact its main function and even cause it to crash. This is why all aircraft are first de-iced, to remove all the ice from the plane, and that includes private jets as well.
The airplane uses a heated glycol solution for the same and removes all the ice from the surfaces of the plane. Furthermore, this solution should also effectively prevent water molecules from binding to the surface. Once the de-icing is complete, an anti-icing solution of propylene glycol is applied, and with it, neither ice nor snow should form on the external surfaces of the plane.
Despite these applications, ice and snow can still form on the plane, especially if it reaches high altitudes. It usually forms in front of the wing and tail. This is where most planes use both pneumatic and bleed systems to protect the plane and its passengers better. The pneumatic system often causes the ice to break and fall off, but it is generally found on older planes. Whereas with private jets, you can opt to bleed systems where the hot air from the engine is directed towards both the wings and the tail, thereby causing them to heat and prevent the formation of any ice or snow.
Better Seats & Customer Service
There is one more reason as to why you may want to opt for private jets is that they come with luxurious seats and their customer service is just fantastic. They are not going to get frustrated with you at any point, will be able to provide you with what you need and above all, would be more than happy to answer your queries.
These are some of the reasons as to why you may want to travel by private jets as compared to commercial airlines. There are a lot of charter companies, and you can take your pick, but remember that it is always a good idea to research them online before making a selection.
Chartering a private jet may be slightly more expensive, but given all the benefits that you accrue, they are indeed worth it. With private jets, you should be able to get to your destination on time, and the charter company with your agreement, will even make changes to the flight plan to drop you off at another airport, should the first airport close down due to winter weather.
All things considered, private jets are not just faster, as they come with fewer delays but are also safer. Passenger safety is and would always be a primary concern for any airlines, and that applies equally to private jet companies as well. For example, some of the winter weather may turn too extreme, and the company may ground the private aircraft for a while until the weather improves.
The fact is that private jets can provide you with a faster way to get to your destination, both safely and securely even in the midst of a winter storm. Please remember that private jets are subject to the same guidelines issued by FAA and just because they happen to have the tag “private,” that does not mean that you can flout the same, good luck.