How much runway does a private jet really need?

How much runway does a private jet really need? 

One of the benefits of flying by private jet is the ability to fly to and from many more airports than are available to most commercial airlines. Since private jets come in a variety of sizes, from turboprops to long range jets, airports with smaller runways can accommodate smaller aircraft than the traditional commercial size aircraft. So how do you know what aircraft can land at which airport? It all depends on the length of the runway and the amount of runway a specific jets needs to take off. And just how much is that?

Aircraft manufacturers produce complex calculations to determine the required take-off distance for every flight scenario. A few factors that determine the required take off distance could include the aircraft design, aircraft configuration/flap settings, temperature, wind direction and strength, and runway surface and slope. 

Airlines or private jet operators rarely take off within the shortest distance possible, even when it’s perfectly safe to do so. Short distance take offs reduce the engine’s life and increase the maintenance fees. Therefore, pilots are encouraged, when suitable conditions apply, to use reduced take-off thrust procedures.These take offs use less engine poser – increasing the lifetime of the engines and saving unnecessary maintenance costs.

If you’ve ever gone hiking with a heavy backpack, you know it requires more energy than traveling light. The same theory applies to aircraft: the heavier they are, the more difficult it is for them to achieve flight.

For safety reasons, the FAA places weight restrictions on all aircraft. This is known as MTOW (maximum takeoff weight). In addition to the empty weight of the aircraft, it includes any additional mass that it will carry, including crew, passengers, baggage/cargo, and fuel. 

Let’s say a private jet charter with crew and minimal passenger load requires just 5,000 feet for takeoff. That same aircraft with a full payload could easily require 1,000 more feet for takeoff. This is because it will need the extra field length to generate the higher speed (and subsequent lift force) needed to overcome the additional weight and wheel drag.

For safe, reliable private jet charters, talk to a Vincent Jets air charter associate. It is our pleasure to arrange business and leisure itineraries for clients all over the world.

Elizabeth Grosen