Summer Weather Flying
It’s Hot – after the brutal winter much of the country experienced this year, the normal summer temps are going to feel hotter than normal, and the above normal temps are going to feel extreme. Your private jet feels the heat too. Warm air has less density, which adversely affects aircraft performance by increasing takeoff/landing distance. This is particularly important to note when flying to/from an airport situated at a high elevation such as Aspen or Tahoe. The best advice when flying into these types of airports is to plan your arrival/departure for the early morning, when temperatures are generally coolest.
It’s Raining – Your grass and landscape appreciate a steady and mild shower from time to time, and this type of weather system is fairly manageable. However with high summer temperatures and humidity, pop-up convective activity becomes more prevalent especially in the late afternoon. As temperature build during the day, unstable air can touch off large and powerful thunderstorms that can build very rapidly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEFBWprqnJo&feature=youtu.beSuch storms carry strong winds, heavy rains, lightning, and in many cases damaging hail. For safety reasons, airports will stop departures/arrivals and wait until such storms have left the area before resuming normal operations. As you can imagine, this will severely impact the hub and spoke system of airline schedules, and as such, all other flights can be affected. Your best bet is to try to fly in the morning hours, use a satellite airport away from major commercial airports, and be patient and flexible. While travel by private jet can overcome many difficulties, everyone is impacted by bad weather to some degree.
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