Winter weather travel presents unique challenges for pilots and aircraft. Cold temperatures can affect engine performance, cause ice to form on the wings, and create icing conditions in the clouds. Rain or snow might reduce visibility on the ground or aloft, while high winds can make landing more difficult. But with a little preparation you’ll be ready to handle whatever Mother Nature throws at you this winter.
Here are five tips for taking off in winter weather:
1. Prepare your aircraft for cold temperatures.
2. Check the latest weather information before you go.
3. Make sure your aircraft is equipped with ice protection equipment
4. Check runway conditions before takeoff and landing
5. Know how to prevent and deal with icing in flight
1. Pack for the worst
It’s important to remember that your ride from home to the airport, the plane itself and your connection to a final destination may all be affected by winter weather. The best way to prepare for any of these scenarios is with a little planning before leaving for the airport. Check online for flight delays and cancellations, and give yourself plenty of extra time to get from your car to the gate.
Pack an extra-small bag in your suitcase with any essentials you might need if you do get stuck somewhere: a change of underwear or socks, toothbrush, deodorant, snacks, medications. Take advantage of those pockets in your jacket by stashing gloves, a hat, a scarf and even some hand-warming packs.
Make sure you have a charged cell phone with emergency numbers programmed in case you have to call for assistance or reach loved ones.
During winter, the only thing better than being in the air is being on the ground. Cold temperatures and precipitation can lead to delays and cancellations, and sometimes make for dangerous driving conditions. Before you fly this winter, here are some things to consider.
1. Check Your Flight Status
Check your flight status before you head to the airport so you don’t waste time if there have been any delays or cancellations. You can get updates on our website or by calling 1-800-428-4322. Airline websites may also have up-to-date information regarding schedule changes and delays.
2. Leave Extra Time
Leave extra time when traveling during winter months due to potential traffic slowdowns and other weather-related delays. Make sure to check traffic conditions before leaving home, and be prepared for icy roads at the airport. Airport parking lots can be treacherous during icy conditions, so allow plenty of time to park your car safely as well.
3. Be Careful When Walking/Driving
Wear sturdy shoes that provide plenty of traction when walking around the airport in case there is snow or ice on the pavement, curbs or sidewalks. Use caution when traveling over bridges, overpasses and ramps – these areas may freeze first due to less
The early bird may get the worm, but winter air travel can be problematic, too. In fact, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, winter weather is the primary cause of flight delays. The good news is that you can reduce your risk of getting stuck in a winter delay by knowing how airlines respond to ice and snow.
Before you book: Know which airports are most likely to experience delays during winter months.
Last-minute cancellations: Prepare for last-minute cancellations by giving yourself extra time between connecting flights. Airlines generally won’t hold a plane for a passenger on an incoming flight that’s delayed due to weather.
Consider rebooking: If you’re ticketed on an airline that doesn’t have deicing capability at your departure airport, consider rebooking on another carrier or rerouting through an airport with deicing equipment.
Packing and planning: Pack warm clothing and food and water in case you’re stranded on the tarmac. Also pack reading materials, games, DVDs and anything else that will keep you busy while waiting out the delay. If you’re traveling with kids, be sure to bring plenty of things to keep them occupied as well.
Don’t forget about Fido: If you’ll be traveling with your pet,
1. Find out if your flight is cancelled or delayed due to bad weather conditions and what options you have.
2. Get the right travel insurance for your trip.
3. Wear layers.
4. Know the rules for carry-on luggage; liquids, gels, pastes and aerosols in containers of 100ml or less may be packed in a single bag, which must not exceed 1 litre capacity and be placed within the security tray of the X-ray machine at the airport.
5. Don’t forget to charge your electronics!
1. Do your research – check out the website of the airport you are flying from and to, which will have all the information you need about delays or cancellations as a result of adverse weather conditions.
2. Be prepared – make a travel kit including water, food and an extra layer of warm clothing in case you get held up somewhere. Keep your mobile phone fully charged so you can keep in touch with family and friends if there are any delays or cancellations.
3. Check for latest flight times – if the weather is bad the night before, it’s best to check the website of your airline for flights that might have been cancelled or delayed before you leave home. It is also a good idea to contact your airline directly to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.
4. Arrive early – when it comes to catching flights during bad weather, it is better to arrive early as this will give us more time to get aircraft ready for take off and allow us to look after our customers if there are any flight delays or cancellations.
5. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed @TPAairport – we will be tweeting throughout the winter season so make sure you follow us to get all the latest information regarding our flights
From packing your bags to finding the cheapest flight, here are some of the best tips for planning your next trip.
Traveling can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. With these five guidelines, you’ll be on your way to a relaxing vacation in no time.
1. Pack Like a Pro
2. Download Apps in Advance
3. Get to Know Your Route
4. Check Weather Reports
5. Save Room for Souvenirs