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Safety Factors to Consider When Flying Your Luxury Private Jet In Extreme Heat

Recent news headlines have been informing people of flight cancellations or flights being diverted to another airport because of extreme heat. When you think of adverse weather conditions affecting flights, you probably think of rain, hail, snow, or ice, but not heat. This summer’s heat is adding more fire to the general aviation turmoil.

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    The business jet sector isn’t quite facing the same issues that the larger commercial vessels face during a hot season for a few reasons, but that doesn’t mean the heat won’t affect a private jet. To avoid extreme heat turmoil, let’s follow some basic tips and tricks for staying safe in the heat.

    Check Your Jets Limitations

    Depending on the aircraft, a jet might not be able to fly due to the temperature outside. In the past, airlines have been grounded due to 118 degrees Fahrenheit temps. 

    Check the jet manual to see what degrees you are not allowed to fly over or under. That way you are prepared for any time of year. 

    Park Somewhere In the Shade

    An aircraft sitting in the sun will affect the capabilities of the engine. With a hot start, it may have difficulty starting at all. A Hot Start, as defined on Skybrary, in any variant of a jet engine refers to the circumstance where the manufacturer-defined limiting temperature for start has been exceeded. Refer to your manufacturer’s manual, as we mentioned above, to ensure you can start your engines.

    To prevent a hot start, try finding somewhere in the shade to park the jet. Hangar space is not always available, so find the next best thing. Try keeping all your shades down in the aircraft to keep the interior as cool as possible. Talk to your FBO about possibly bringing it indoors prior to a day before departure to allow time for the airplane to cool off.

    Check the Tires

    The tires on an aircraft are also affected by the heat. Check the pressure of each tire to make sure it is at the correct PSI. Heat expands, which means tires expand. This expansion may cause overinflated tires, which may cause them to blow. Though these tires are designed for high-pressure situations you do not want to cause any additional stress.

    Aircraft haven’t been able to land due to hot surfaces melting the rubber tires. Be sure to check your destination’s temperatures and ask if there are any issues with landing. This will help eliminate any delays or costly repositioning fees.

    It's Better To Be Safe Than Sorry When It Comes To Flying A Private Jet In Extreme Heat

    What happens if your pilot passes out during a flight? 

    Or what happens if you fly regardless of if your aircraft’s manual says not to? 

    Maybe you didn’t know you couldn’t fly over certain temperatures?

    Are you still covered by your aircraft insurance if something happens?

    Many insurance companies will not cover you if you knowingly fly in extreme heat. Take our tips and do some research to ensure you know what could happen in these conditions. Then speak with your trusted insurance broker about your policy. Understand the terms so that you do not take on any unnecessary liability.

    If something does happen, and you are not covered, you could be responsible for any damages or injuries that occur. Don’t let this happen to you- be prepared and know what your policy covers.

    Summertime heat can cause several issues for aircraft. Owners, pilots, and passengers should take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe flight.

    Fly Safe

    Sky Aviation Holdings wishes you safe travels. Please contact our aircraft maintenance division if you have any questions regarding heat and your private jet or fill out the form below if we can be of any assistance with your insurance needs.

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