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De-icing a private jet

In the same way that a vehicle sleeps outside in winter, a private jet in harsh climatic conditions will get covered with snow and ice.

But unlike a vehicle (automobile or truck), a private jet must be completely cleared of snow and ice to take off for safety conditions. The ice on an aircraft will seriously affect the performance of the aircraft.

For more information on deicing or on winter flights, call 24 hours a day at +33 1 44 09 91 82.

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De-icing with AEROAFFAIRES

How to de-ice a private jet?

At the airport, deicing fluid is applied on a private jet using a special truck called a de-icer. This is an operation that can be impressive for passengers because the orange liquid, glycol, is projected on the aircraft using a pipe that looks like a fire hose.

Passengers are usually on board the private jet during the deicing operation so that the aircraft can take off very quickly as soon as the deicing is done.

Why do I have to do a deicing operation on private jets?

The concept is simple: it is the removal of the snow or ice that is on the private jet or on the plane so that it is not too heavy to take off and not compromise safety. The operation concerns the wings but also the whole cabin.

How is the de-icing done?

To de-ice a plane or a private jet, we will use a product on the entire plane and on its wings that melt snow and ice. It must not be acidic, so we spray the plane by mixing glycol and hot water. The de-icing time will depend on the amount of snow accumulated on the private jet or the aircraft. On average, ten minutes is enough. It happens that the snow is particularly important and very adhesive, the de-icing can then put 30 minutes

Deicing is done with fixed deicing stations and deicing trucks. At Paris Le Bourget airport, there are 2 de-icing stations each equipped with four vehicles, 

What are the glycol-based solutions used for de-icing private jets?

Two alcohols are required, ethylene glycol and propylene glycol, more or less dissolved with water, are used for the de-icing of private jets in airports because they have melting temperatures below 0 ° C (-13 ° C for ethylene glycol, - 59 ° C for propylene glycol). Their application reduces the freezing point of water on aircraft in the form of ice or snow.

Ethylene glycol, frequently used as an anti-freeze in automotive coolant, is toxic, so propylene glycol can be used by the food industry. Products containing at least 80% glycol, diluted or not, heated above 60 ° C, can be used to remove any snow or ice on an aircraft. Preventive action (anti-icing) is also possible thanks to thickened fluids based on 50% glycol, according to the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC).

How much does it cost to de-ice a private jet?

The deicing fluid has a very high cost. It depends mainly on each airport which determines the price per liter of the liquid according to its sole supplier. You'll find average liquid costs and deicing operations for each of the private jet and aircraft categories:

Turboprop : from € 200 

Ultra light private jets : from € 900 - 

Private jets of medium size from € 1400

Long-haul private jets from € 2250

Regional aircraft from € 3000

Commercial aircraft from € 9000

These prices may vary depending on the thickness of the icing and the aircraft.

If you want to know the different rates at AEROAFFAIRES, contact us by e-mail or by phone at +33 (0) 1 44 09 91 82

Deicing Payment of a Private Jet?

It is the customer who rents a private jet to pay the deicing fee when it is needed. This cost is not included in the charter rate. If the pilot-in-command decides that de-icing of your aircraft is required on the day of the flight, you will receive an additional invoice after the flight with the amount at actual expense.

How to guard against the costs of deicing?

The captain of a private jet can avoid de-icing by placing their aircraft in a hangar or covered parking. However, it happens that in some airports the prices of a hangar are more important than the tariffs of a de-icing in particular in Lapland or in Switzerland. Moreover, it often happens that airports intended only for private jets do not have room in their hangars, your private jet will have to stay out in spite of the difficult weather while waiting for the take-off. This is particularly the case in Engadin Airport St. Moritz / Samedan.

An airplane can also sleep outside but be de-iced in a heated hangar before takeoff. In general, one hour is sufficient to melt snow or ice on the cabin and on the wings of the aircraft. This alternative is the most economical because it reduces deicing costs, sometimes to completely avoid a de-icing.

In some airports, passenger boarding will take place in the hangar. During the winter, AEROAFFAIRES recommends this option to its customers.

Some recommendations for the deicing of a private jet:

• One day before your departure, approach your broker to ask if a de-icing will be necessary given the forecast weather conditions. Even if in the mountains, the weather varies quickly, 24 hours are enough to give the general trend.

• Book a place in a hangar so that your private jet is not subject to weather conditions (snow, ice, cold ...). A hangar with a heater can also be the most economical solution because the plane will have to stay there a good hour to allow the ice to melt before takeoff.

• Reduce the amount of fluid by allowing your crew remove snow from the aircraft with a brush upstream of the de-icing if it is a light private jet only. For safety reasons, do not clear the wings of a large size jet.

• Notify your captain of the time you arrive at the boarding terminal, to do the de-icing a few minutes before your arrival and so do not have to redo it a second time.

• Be on board the aircraft during deicing so you can take off immediately after the plane is sprayed with liquid. If a delay occurs, the private jet will have to be de-iced again.

• Never contest de-icing. If your captain makes this decision, it is for security reasons and not for financial interests.

• Before the operation, ask your captain how much fluid is needed and in the case of a light private jet if it is possible to pass the brush over the cabin to reduce the bill of the liquid.

• If you have the possibility between two airports, do not hesitate to inform you about the price of deicing liquid for each. Favor the one offering the lowest rate. In practice, the cost of deicing is more expensive than the takeoff or landing fees and general duty.

• Set your appointment early in the afternoon when possible, the de-icing mostly takes place during departures very early before 10AM. Some rays of sun are enough to make disappear the snow and the ice on the fuselage of a private jet.

TOP questions about de-icing a private jet

Why does an airplane have to be de-iced?

Before taking off from an airport, it is imperative that ice or snow on the fuselage of an airplane be completely removed for safe conditions.

• Ice and snow will reduce the lift of the wings of an airplane. Even a small layer of ice can reduce the flight performance of a device.

• These elements are heavy and this additional weight will hinder flight conditions.

• In addition, ice can impede the proper operation of a private jet, such as ailerons, or control surfaces can be blocked by ice.

What product is applied for de-icing?

A heated liquid will be propelled on the fuselage of the aircraft and on its wings to melt the ice and snow and will also form an anti-freeze device during the period called "duration of effectiveness"

Do we find "de-icer" and de-icing fluid at all airports?

In 2010, Roissy experienced a break in de-icing fluid requiring ADP (Paris Airport to fetch liquid, Glycol, in the US.) In addition, many aerodromes have no device for de-icing. in mid-size airports you'll find liquid, but it can take a long time and cause delays for take-off, but safety matters.

What are the best places to de-ice a private jet?

The answer will seem classic, it is Scandinavia, Germany and the United States who have de-icing processes well run.

Is deicing fluid dangerous for your health?

It is a dangerous chemical especially for the skin. A passenger on a private jet should not approach or touch the deicing fluid even if the almond smell is pleasant.

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