8 January 2023Blog
Private Jets, De-icing
Just like a car in winter during extreme cold weather conditions, a Private Jet will be covered in ice and snow when parked outside. It is then legally required to carry-out de-icing procedures before take-off.
Cielo Aviation reviews for you why de-icing is vital for a safe flight and provides some tips to reduce or even avoid de-icing fees.
The wings and rear tail components of an aircraft are engineered with a very specific shape in order to provide lift and control. When ice and snow are covering the wings, it changes the air dynamics and reduces the lift performance. Therefore, it is absolutely crucial to remove all ice and snow before take-off.
De-icing fluid and procedures
In order to remove ice and snow from the airframe, a special liquid (a mixture of propylene glycol and water) is sprayed under pressure onto the private jet by a specifically designed vehicle called de-icing rig or de-icer.
It is recommended for passengers to be on-board and remain seated while the de-icing fluid is sprayed onto the aircraft to allow a quick take off as soon as the procedure is completed.
De-icing of a private jet can be expensive and depends mainly on:
- the size of the aircraft,
- the amount of snow and ice on the aircraft,
- the time of de-icing (defining the quantity of liquid to be used) and
- the airport’s cost of the de-icing fluid. Each airport determines the rate per litre of liquid based on its sole supplier.
Average de-icing costs range from €900 for Very Light Jets to €1500 for Medium-sized Private Jets up to €2500 for Long range Private Jets. These prices may vary depending on the thickness of the icing and the aircraft.
As it cannot be predicted if and how much de-icing fluid is required prior to a flight, for an on-demand private jet charter the client is liable for the cost of any ground de-icing carried-out, which are charged after the flight.
Cielo Aviation only invoices the exact cost of de-icing and can provide the handling invoice if required. Some aircraft operators offer special insurances for ‘Very Light Jets’, please contact us for further information:
Private Jet de-icing can be avoided by placing the aircraft in a hangar or covered parking lot. However, in some airports, the prices of a hangar may be higher than the prices of de-icing. Also, hangers are subject to availability and it is likely that your private jet will have to remain outside despite the difficult weather conditions while waiting for take-off.
An aircraft may also be parked outside overnight but be de-iced in a heated hangar before take-off. In general, one hour is sufficient to melt the ice from the wings of the aircraft. This alternative is the most economical solution.
At Cielo Aviation, our experts will make sure to review your flight details the night before your journey:
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