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Winter weather and airplane De-icing

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The Midwest has seen an unusual amount of warm weather this winter.  Normally this would be welcome, but for those of us in aviation, it actually causes problems.  When the temperature is within a close range of the freezing mark,  ground icing can actually be a problem.  Our aircraft have to be de iced with what amounts to RV anti Freeze (Glycol) and if there is active snow or rain falling,  then we also have a time limit that we must takeoff within or the de ice fluid loses its’ effectiveness.  When this happens we have to de ice again!

At American Business AIrways we try to give you a firm quote for your trip. the only times, normally, we have to charge a bit extra after the flight is completed is when a customer stays on the ground longer than estimated in the quote, or there are extensive in flight ATC delays or reroutes and these are actually rare.  Another area where we would have to charge you extra after the flight is completed is on international flights, as we may not be billed by customs or another country’s air traffic control for months later.

But in the winter,  We do not know if we will need to de ice or how much we will need when we quote the flight. Instead of just charging  you an average, we try to keep your cost down.  So in the event that we do have to de ice the airplane on your trip, we will have to bill the cost after your trip is completed.  We hope our customers understand that there is just no way to charge this up front and be fair to everyone.  Many times we can actually save money by putting the airplane in a hangar overnight, we might still have to de ice just before departure, but the amount of fluid needed would be less.  The economics of this depend on what the airport will charge for an overnight hangar.   we will always try to get you the best price.   Glycol costs about $15 per gallon, however, it is usually diluted with hot water, so it does go along way.  usually this winter we have been averaging about $200 to de ice the airplane.

Once in the air, the airplanes on board de ice and anti ice systems can usually take care of the ice found in flight, if not, we can change altitude to find a level that is ice free or at least one were the ice accumulates at a rate the airplane can handle.  and rarely there are times where not matter what we have on board, the ice is too great to safely fly.  even the airlines run into this.  its is rare however and we would know this before takeoff and delay the departure.

Some of the systems we have on the Navajo are also common to jets and some are more commonly found on smaller airplanes.  these include a heated windshield, heated instrument sensors (pilot tube and static ports)  Heated propeller blades and pneumatic de ice boots on the wings and tails.   The last two you may notice operating.   the heated propeller blades will actually sling ice off the blades as it forms and you may hear this as something hitting the airplane and regular intervals.   the airplane has shields on the nose to prevent dents.  if you hear this do not be alarmed, the airplane is doing what it is designed to do.   The Wing and tail boots you might see operate as they inflate to crack formed ice, the air then carriers it away.

With proper equipment, winter flying is safe and actually enjoyable once you get airborne, the airplane actually performs better and uses less runway.  most of the time except during and active storm, the clouds tops are very low and you will be flying in sunshine for most of the flight.  With the extra procedures however, sometimes it takes a little longer to get going.  We recommend that our customers leave a little extra time to get the their destination to allow for de icing and weather delays.

Reduce your Air Charter Costs to Traverse City and Mackinac Island

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

American Business Airways has a program to reduce your travel costs by pooling your flight with other customers wanting to travel to the same areas.   Assume you are considering a flight to Traverse City with your family of 3.  Although the round trip cost for this with an overnight stay would come to about $2500 with taxes and overnight fees, (about $833 per person) you would like to reduce this cost further.  Call us and we will gather names of other customers also wanting to fly to the same general area  (Northern Lower Michigan) and put together a shared flight.  With 3 more passengers, this can reduce the cost to $416 per person.

We are also planning on operating a scheduled charter to the Traverse City and Mackinac Island airports over the weekends.  This will only operate if we can get enough passengers to sign up.  This is a special and not a regular charter, and the prices will be $300 to Traverse City and $350 to Mackinac Island.  We will need a minimum of 4 passengers.  The flights will leave Friday afternoon and return Sunday afternoon. This then is a variation on the shared ride concept.

So if you are interested in sharing a ride anywhere or in our scheduled charter flights “up north”. call us and get on the list.

Also call us for specialized business charter flights.  Many times we can beat the airlines on total travel and employee costs.

Check our blog report on justifying air travel.

Can’t Believe Charter Is Cheaper? Here’s Proof!

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Posted April 6, 2009 by Michael J. Ryan

It’s Monday morning, April 6 at your office in Pontiac, MI. You just found out that three of you need to be in Canton, Ohio Wednesday April 8 for an important sales meeting. The client wants to meet at 2:00 PM and told you to expect to be there until 5:00. Here are your choices:

Driving: MapQuest shows it takes four hours to drive 233 miles each way. You’ll need to start at 9:00 AM to allow for a rest stop and a lunch break. The return trip will start at 5:00 PM when the meeting ends. You’ll get back to Pontiac at 10 PM. Total travel time 10 hours. This saves the most money but wastes the most time for all three travelers.

Airlines: It’s a good thing you checked Travelocity right away, because there were only a few non-stop airline seats left! Unfortunately, you’re buying the tickets at the last minute and pay full fare coach. You leave the office at 10:00 AM to drive to Detroit Metro, park, check in, go through airport security, and hike out to your gate. Your flight departs at 11:58 AM and arrives at 12:53 PM. You’ll need to kill an hour in Canton waiting for your meeting to start, so you might as well have lunch. When the meeting’s over, you can go out to dinner, because the return flight isn’t until 7:02 PM. The tickets cost a total of $1,713.60 for the three of you.

Charter: You drive over to Oakland County Airport for your charter flight on American Business Airways at 12:30 PM. All three of you had productive mornings in the office or calling on local clients. You’ll find a box lunch on board to eat on your one hour flight to the Canton-Akron Airport. Arriving at 1:30, your rental car pulls right up to the plane. You drive out of the airport five minutes after landing and head over to the client’s office. When the meeting ends, you head back to the plane and take off about 5:30 PM for the one hour flight to Oakland County. You’ll enjoy some light snacks and a cold beer on the flight home, discussing in complete privacy everyone’s comments from the successful sales meeting where you closed the biggest sale so far this quarter. Landing at 6:30, everyone heads home for a late dinner with their families. The cost was $1,524. Really!

Comparison

·    Driving wasted 15 business hours and 15 personal hours, and was the lowest cost.

·    Airlines wasted 9 business hours outbound and 9 personal hours on the return, and cost the most because you bought your tickets at the last minute, paying full fare coach. The combined airfare was $ 1,713.60.

·    Charter didn’t waste any time at all. And best of all, you saved $189.60 by flying privately on American Business Airways.

Does It Always Work Like That?

No, it does not. But anytime you find yourself paying full-fare coach, and two or more of you are going to the same place, give American Business Airways a call at 248.444.5202 for a price comparison…and don’t forget to compare the time savings, too!

(Ryan is president of AirPSG, LLC and can be reached at mike.ryan@airpsg.com, 800.769.6082 or www.airpsg.com )