How does Hurricane Season affect Private Aviation?
Hurricane Season has been quiet so far this year, however, thanks to record setting temperatures over recent years, the NOAA is predicting that the 2017 Hurricane Season will see above-normal levels of activity. How will this effect private aviation, and what can you do to be prepared?
The state of Florida, the Atlantic Seaboard and the Gulf Coast States are key regions for private aviation both domestically and internationally, but they’re also bulls-eyes for Tropical Storms forming in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Although recent hurricane seasons have been relatively quiet, Hurricane Sandy recently showed the potential reach of devastation these storms can bring, and the importance of making preparations.
What will you do if a major hurricane is heading your way? If you own a private jet, what are the steps you need to take to protect your aircraft?
What to do with your private plane during hurricane season
Hurricanes wreak havoc on a private aircraft – strong hail storms will dent and ruin the plane’s fuselage; debris can fly into the engine and damage expensive, vital components; heavy winds can rip the wings from a plane, and strong enough gusts can send your plane across the runway.
If you privately own a jet and are in the path of a developing storm, it is important to have a contingency plan in place for what to do with your plane. Keep in mind that in preparation for a storm, airliners, flight schools and other private jet owners will be relocating their plane as well, and time is of the essence.
Air Charter Advisors is here to assist you with relocating your aircraft in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm. If you’re unable to reach your aircraft due to scheduling or it being out of the area, we can arrange for a crew to relocate your aircraft for you.
Booking a private flight before a hurricane
If you live in an area expected to be hit by a storm and have been advised to evacuate, private charter flights may be available to get you and your family out quickly and comfortably. You can charter a larger jet to store more luggage, or just hire an aircraft that can get you and your loved ones out of harm’s way. Another benefit of chartering a private flight is being able to bring your pets on-board, whether it’s the family dog, cat or other pets.
Whether your flight is taking you to city outside of the storm’s path or to your closest loved one’s residence, our team can arrange a flight in as little as 4 to 6 hours. Let us handle all of the flight details while you focus on the safety and comfort of your family. You may also be able to take advantage of empty-leg and one-way flights, as local aircraft owners and operators look to relocate their aircraft before a storm arrives.
Contact Air Charter Advisors
Florida has managed to dodge a major hurricane for over a decade, and while many other Atlantic areas haven’t been hit hard in a while, the results of a strong storm combined with the unlikelihood of another down season means you need to be prepared. Contact our team at Air Charter Advisors to go over all of the options for you and your family.