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From the Cockpit Episode #20: Private Jets & Winter Operations

On episode 20 of From the Cockpit, Magellan Jets Chief Operating Officer Todd Weeber and Director of Flight Support Ryan Foss join the podcast to discuss how private jets adjust operations during the winter. Some of the hot topics covered include winter weather tips for private aviation travelers; the difference between hangar and de-icing fees; why private jets can fly during certain winter weather conditions when commercial aviation cannot; as well as what to expect this season and more. Listen to the full Magellan Jets podcast episode below.


As Foss explains on the Magellan Jets podcast, “the winter season certainly presents its own set of challenges,” with everyone from flight crews and pilots to air traffic control and FBO personnel possibly affected by certain weather conditions. In order to minimize issues and delays, Magellan Jets’ Flight Support team are constantly monitoring conditions and relaying information to guests in real time, ensuring there’s no added costs or headaches.

Should weather conditions worsen in the days leading up to a trip, Foss and his team may suggest small adjustments to schedules and arrival times. This is to make sure guests receive the highest levels of safety and service.

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Hangar vs. De-Icing Costs

While breaking down all the training and factors behind private jet winter operations, Foss explained the differences between hangar and de-icing costs.

In order to minimize expenses and possible issues during the winter, Flight Support will look to put aircraft in a hangar the night before a trip. That means, “your aircraft is at your departure point 12+ hours before you’re scheduled to depart.” Since hangar fees are substantially less than the cost of de-icing a plane, this is one way Magellan Jets goes the extra mile to deliver for guests.

“Pulling an aircraft out of a hangar is much less of a delay than having to wait in a de-icing line,” Foss adds.

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Private Jet Winter Operations Tips

Additionally, Foss offered several tips for how guests can best navigate the holidays and winter season. In particular, the Director of Flight Support says that guests should give as much detail about their trip as possible, that way Foss and his team can make appropriate plans and adjustments due to the weather.

He also notes that, while private aviation is known for it’s flexibility, arriving early or on time for flights during the winter is paramount. Doing so will help keeps operations running smoothly and avoid any possible delays stemming from evolving weather conditions.

“We really would suggest this time of year to get there 20, 25 minutes before your departure time,” says Foss. “The longer that aircraft stays on that ramp and is cold, the higher likelihood that aircraft then needs to be de-iced. Causing a delay to yourself may actually cost money this time of year.”

Listen to the full Magellan Jets podcast episode to learn more tips, how to plan for possible diversions, how winter weather patterns  affect flight times and more.

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