Getting Ready for Winter

With summer behind us and the beautiful colors of fall all around us, winter is just around the corner. As we prepare our operations for the cold weather, we thought it might be helpful to share a couple of reminders so your travel this winter is easy and enjoyable.

Alternate airports can happen. Airports you would prefer to fly into because it gets you closer to your winter destination may or may not have instrument approaches or adequate snow removal. When one of these airports shuts down because of a snow storm, or when the runway has not been plowed yet because the city is responsible for it and they prioritize local streets over the airport, we’ll do whatever we can to find you an alternate solution.

Flexibility with flight schedules. If any portion of the PlaneSense® Primary Operating Area is being blanketed by a major snow storm, there’s a good chance ATC delays will affect at least the immediate area and all traffic destined for that area. The ripple effect is unavoidable, as is the need for de-icing to ensure your safety. At some locations de-icing is only available in a heated hangar; other locations may have a de-icing truck; and, some locations don't have any de-icing capabilities. As we plan and operate your flight for you, we will always put your safety first and will do our best to minimize any inconvenience to your schedule due to weather.

From cold to hot - or hot to cold. If you’re planning a flight to escape the bitter cold up north for the tropics in the south, or if you’re done with sun and heat and are heading from Florida to Vermont, flying longer distances makes it even more important to provide accurate passenger weight and luggage information. With your help, we’ll be able to better plan how much fuel we can take onboard and the best opportunity for a fuel stop, if one is needed. Of course, we’ll let you know ahead of time so you, too, can plan ahead for an easy and enjoyable trip.

Note: This article is displaying as it appeared in Volume 05 of our PlaneSense: Informational Quarterly newsletter.

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