When chartering an aircraft to a high-altitude destination, you may assume that summer is the best time to get there in terms of avoiding poor weather conditions. As the temperature rises during the months of June, July, and August, flying to destinations with high-altitude can be negatively affected. Density altitude is influenced by temperature, altitude, humidity, and wind, degrading the aircraft performance.
Planes work harder to perform in these weather conditions. Adding high density in the mix will rob the engine of power and the wings of lift. Cold air is denser, making it easier for aircraft engines to develop horsepower. Since hot, humid air is less dense, the aircraft will require longer distances for takeoff and landing than it would on a cool day.
During the hottest summer months is when pilots will encounter high-density altitudes at mountainous airports. This could cause potential delays for travelers. In some instances, pilots plan around these conditions and schedule to fly earlier in the morning when temperatures are cooler. Pilots also have stated that density altitude can cause crosswinds and turbulence as well.
Don’t let this stop you from planning your summer trip. The best way to avoid running into altitude issues is to plan to land in the mornings or later in the evenings. It is also best to pack as light as you can to reduce the aircraft weight. For questions or more information, email [email protected] or call 1-(888)-557-0982.
Team Trilogy is standing by to help find you an aircraft and airport that meets your needs while keeping you safe. The experienced team at Trilogy Aviation Group considers all weather-related conditions prior to your flight booking. It’s Trilogy’s job to be completely transparent with you, providing you the best value and experience for your private flight.