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de-icing for private jetsJust like a car in winter, a private jet left outside will be exposed to the weather and will become covered in ice and snow.

Unlike a car, it is a legal requirement to remove all ice and snow from an aircraft before it takes off (see why must a private jet be de-iced).

For more information on de-icing or winter flights call us on +44 1747 642777 (24 hours).

How to de-ice : De-icing Costs : Avoiding de-icing costs : FAQs : De-icing waiver

PrivateFly De-icing Waiver

De-icing with PrivateFlyFor your safety, aircraft de-icing is often required during icy and snowy conditions. This is a legal requirement prior to takeoff. In severe winter weather, multiple de-icings may be required.

As it cannot be predicted if and how much de-icing fluid is required prior to a flight, the aircraft charterer is liable after the flight for the cost of any ground de-icing required. This is industry standard practice and set out in PrivateFly's Standard Charter Terms.

De-icing charges are usually invoiced at cost price after the flight is completed.

During winter operations, PrivateFly offers a De-Icing Waiver as an insurance against these potential charges. This is similar to a collision damage waiver for hire cars.

 

De-Icing Summary

If no De-Icing Waiver is purchased, we require a deferred credit card charge of 1500 EUR prior to the flight.

If de-icing is then required, we will contact you to arrange payment of the cost price (which may differ from the deferred payment). The deferred payment will be cancelled if no de-icing is required.

To book or for further information on de-icing waivers for private flights call +44 1747 642777 (24 hours).

How is a private jet de-iced?

de-icing for private jetsJust like de-icing a car window screen, de-icing fluid is sprayed onto a private jet. This fluid has either (or both) de-icing or anti-icing properties.

At an airport de-icing fluid is sprayed onto the private jet by a specially designed vehicle called a de-icing rig. Often a first time private jet customer can be alarmed at the amount of fluid sprayed onto the airframe, it is similar to a fireman's hose!

The de-icing fluid is often applied at a high temperature and is normally orange in colour. This helps to indicate where the fluid has been applied.

Private jet customers are often asked to be on-board during the de-icing process. This allows a quick take off after de-icing.

How much does it cost to de-ice a private jet

De-icing fluid is expensive. Each airport will have a cost per litre for de-icing fluid and often there is only one supplier a private jet can use. The average amount of de-icing fluid and cost for a private jet are:

Type Fluid Quantity Price per Litre Total Cost
Small Propeller 50 €5 €250
Small Jet 200 €5 €1000
Medium Jet 300 €5 €1500
Long Range Jet 500 €5 €2500
Regional Airliner 700 €5 €3500
Airliner 2000 €5 €10000

if you buy the PrivateFly de-icing waiver, then you don't have to worry about the cost of de-icing the private jet. For full details contact us or call us on +44 1747 642777

Who pays when a private jet is de-iced?

The charterer of the private jet is liable for the cost of de-icing a private jet. The cost of de-icing is not included in the price to hire a private jet. If de-icing is required, the charterer will be invoiced at cost price after the flight. The cost of de-icing a private jet can be reduced by buying a De-icing Waiver.

How to avoid paying de-icing costs

de-icing for private jetsPrivate jet pilots can avoid de-icing by arranging for their aircraft to be kept in a hangar. However at some airports the cost of overnight hangarage can be more expensive than de-icing. Many private jet airports do not have hangar space available and so the aircraft will be exposed to the weather prior to your private jet flight.

A private jet can also be de-iced by using a heated hangar for a shorter period of time before departure. This less expensive option can reduce the cost of de-icing required or prevent it being required. Often placing an aircraft that requires de-icing in a heated hangar for 1 hour, will melt the ice on the airframe completely.

At some private jet airports, passengers can board their private jet inside the hangar before it is towed outside. In winter periods this is a favourite customer service tip used by PrivateFly for our members.

The only way to guarantee you can avoid de-icing costs is to take out a de-icing waiver.

Top 10 Tips for de-icing a private jet

1Ask your private jet supplier the night before your flight if de-icing is expected to be required. This will encourage them to avoid de-icing if possible. See how to avoid paying de-icing costs.

2Use a hangar to keep your private jet protected from the weather. A heated hangar can also be used to melt any ice that has formed.

3Encourage your crew to remove layers of snow with a brush from the wings before the aircraft is de-iced. This will reduce the amount of de-icing fluid required. This manual procedure is only possible on small aircraft. On large private jets it is not safe to remove snow from the wings.

4Keep your private jet crew informed of when you will be arriving at the FBO (private jet terminal) This will allow the de-icing to be timed just before your arrival and prevent it being required twice

5Ask to be on-board your private jet when it is de-iced. This will allow your aircraft to depart immediately after the anti-icing fluid is applied. A further de-ice may be required if your departure is delayed.

6Never argue against a de-ice. Your private jet Captain is making a safety decision and should not be influenced by financial or time considerations.

7Ask your crew how much de-icing fluid is expected to be used before the de-ice starts. This will encourage the crew to remove excess snow from the airframe with a brush to reduce the amount of fluid required. In larger aircraft this will not be possible.

8If you have a choice of airports, ask for the price of de-icing fluid at each FBO (Private Jet Terminal). Depart from the private jet airport that offers the lowest price of de-icing fluid. Often the de-ice is more expensive than the landing and handling fees.

9If possible avoid flying very early in the morning. Often the sun will melt any thin layers of ice on a private aircraft.


10Buy a de-icing waiver from PrivateFly before your private jet flight call us on +44 1747 642777 or contact us.

de-icing for private jetsPrivate Jet de-icing - FAQs

Why must a private jet be de-iced?

It is a legal requirement for all ice and snow to be removed from an aircraft before it departs from an airport.

 

What is the fluid used to de-ice a private jet?

A private jet is sprayed with a heated fluid to both:

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