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Can airplanes fly in 0 degree weather?

Just wondering because my family is flying in tomorrow and the high where I am at is 15 degree for the day, so I can only image what the temp will drop to when they arrive in the evening. I am just curious to konw if my folks will be able to make it in in such cold weather. There is no snow in the forcast though. So that may be a good thing!

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Lobengula
It's not uncommon that airplanes take off and land in temperatures of under -20 degrees F (-29 celsius). Aircrafts must be deiced before departure but that is a standard routine.

Just think about it. You don't hear anything about air traffic being canceled due to temperature, do you? :-)

No instead it's snow, lightning and fog.

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hairhorn
Absolutely.

Most large airplanes fly at upwards of 40,000 feet, where the temperature is intensely cold, often below minus 40.

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Ben Dover
Yes. Jets actually perform much better in cold air and the air temperatures at high altitudes are much colder than zero anyway.

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Sweetdaddy Rex
YES ! In fact, jet engines perform better in the cold, than in the heat ! I was an aircraft mechanic/aircrewman for 20 years !

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Maybe???
Of course your family can make it.
However, the plane may be delayed for 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size of the airplane, for de-icing due to such cold temperatures.

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aflumpire
planes normally fly at tempretures below -50 during the year at high altidtude.

There are hevy machines at the airports that go over the runways every few minutes to make sure they dnt freeze over.

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dart
Yeah. Temp isn't really an issue. Thunderstorms can be, but temperature...not so much. You know they fly airplanes to Antarctica, right? Never gets above freezing there...

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iREP BULGARIA
yes,of course...it really doesn't matter the degrees just the wetaher like if there's a hurricane or thunderstorm..so don't worry

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Amber
Yes I am a flight attendant....they deice the wings.


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