Frequent flyers are no strangers to fog. When heavy fog rolls in there are many factors that affect a pilot’s decision to fly. Understanding fog and your aircraft travel are essential. When fog is present, the importance of runway length minimums and available instrument approaches on private charter aircraft are at the forefront of discussions between the pilot and destination airport.
Aircraft controllers and state-of-the-art weather forecasting tools play a pertinent role in determining the safety of aircraft charter flights either departing in fog or arriving at their final destination in a currently foggy region. Depending on where you live, fog can be more common due to a lake effect, meaning the moisture in the fog is often generated locally produce from a near by body of water making it denser than other areas of fog. Private charter flights from Chicago are often more susceptible to fog delays due to lake effect fog from Lake Michigan. Heavy fog can lessen an aircraft controller’s ability to guide aircraft easily to their final destination when landing thus making their decision regarding visibility in times of fog of the utmost importance.
All jet charter aircraft use some type of an Instrument Landing System. An Instrument Landing System enables an aircraft to land if the pilots are unable to establish visual contact with the runway. It does this by way of transmitted radio signals received from satellites or ground-based systems. When fog is present, pilots will often rely on these tools in addition to support from aircraft controllers to safely land at their destination airport.
Aircraft runway length minimums are also of large importance when flying a private jet charter in foggy conditions. Different jet charters have specific runways minimums depending on aircraft size and speed when landing. In dense fog, runways are often harder to see; this is when an Instrument Landing System is important to pilot’s final landing. This accepted standard system by the ICAO provides the pilot with multiple decision points in times of low visibility to safety land an aircraft.
With private jet charter, delays are often kept at bay or to a minimum due to less air traffic entering and exiting private airports. Whether you live in an area with repeat fog advisories or a heavily weather changing environment, private jet charter allows you to navigate your travel with ease. A Client Services Executive and Flight Logistics Coordinator allow private travelers minute by minute updates on their private jet charter travel to help ensure ease of travel and ensure that your time is valued and you are not left with long delays.