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This mini article was prepared for Microlight Flying Magazine and is due in the August edition; however, given the forecasted heat wave, we are emailing it to everyone early.

Have fun and stay safe.

Mini Feature – Aircraft performance during exceptionally hot weather

This Skywise is to remind pilots of the effect of higher ambient temperatures on aircraft performance.

With summer weather forecasts giving elevated temperatures we recommend looking at CAA Safety Sense Leaflet No 7 and Chapter 4 of the Skyway Code, which have sections on aircraft mass, balance and performance and special focus on calculating aircraft take-off and landing performance.

Pilots are advised to give more attention to their aircraft’s degraded performance when flying during this exceptionally hot weather.


For every increase of 10°C in ambient temperature, the rule of thumb is for increase in take-off distance and climb to 50ft is 10%.


For every increase of 10°C in ambient temperature, the rule of thumb is for increase in landing distance from 50ft is 5%.

A sure way to cause the pilot (and passenger) to perspire.

Also remember during times of extreme heat (>30°C):

MOGAS fuel is more likely vapour lockEngine and propeller will have reduced performanceEngine cooling (water and oil) can be a challengeElectronic instruments and devices can overheatPilots and passengers are susceptible to dehydration

Fuel Vapour Lock

Avoid heat soak of fuel and the airframe.Keep fuel cool (don’t leave Jerry cans in the car, direct sunlight, etc).Keep the aircraft out of direct sunlight, utilise shade between flights and remove the top cowling to allow the heat from the engine to dissipate and cool the fuel in the lines (directly above the engine).Minimise time on the ground with the engine running. Be ready as soon as the correct oil temperature is reached.Be prepared for a loss of power and erratic power levels at the point of take-off/lift-off/initial climb. Reducing power tends to help if vapour locking starts. Maybe consider a shallower climb at a (slightly) reduced power setting.If you have an electric boost pump, consider using it for take-off and if symptoms of vapour locking appear.


If you can, simply avoid the highest temperatures, do not fly when it is hottest.If you can’t, minimise exposure to heat. This includes fuel in storage, fuel in the aircraft, electronic devices carried, avionics in the aircraft and of course, the pilot and crew.Aircraft performance degrades in hot weather, less lift available and less power from the engine.Keep a careful eye on oil and coolant temperatures; they can rapidly rise and take a long time to come down. Climb in stages, and use thermal activity to your advantage.

CAA Advice - Using a VFR Moving Map in hot weather?


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Yesterday you introduced me to micro-lights and on reflection I can only think how caring and professional you were. More than that, you took time, trouble and effort to make sure I got the most from the experience that I could. For me it was a pretty awesome experience I did want to drop you a line to thank you very sincerely.

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