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Question About Airline Fuel....  
User currently offlineScalebuilder From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3698 times:

Can somebody knowledgable in this forum elaborate on this topic? I am wondering about the various grades of fuel used by the airline industry. How are quality controls of fuel maintained at airports around the world? Do they exist, and if they do, I assume they are needed?

Is this a "generic" and "across-the-board" grade, or do these vary according to aircraft type?

What about Soviet built aircraft vs. Western built? Are there differences in what fuel these aircraft use?

Lot's of questions. But in any regard, thanks for your responses!



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User currently offlineMPDPilot From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 1057 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3637 times:

I am not going to answer because I really don't know but I have another question. Is there any other types of fuel for airplanes other than Jet A, 100LL and 100. I know Jet A is usually what airliners use but is there any other types?

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User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3549 times:

for jet fuels



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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9451 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3546 times:

Jet A is the worldwide standard. The only real 'option' you get is with or without Prist. Prist is an additive that helps remove moisture and kills alge.

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User currently offlineTlfd29 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3544 times:

Most common U.S. fuels are 100 Low-Lead and Jet A. At our FBO we spend a couple hours every day on quality control on the fuel farm equipment and all the trucks. We keep detailed reports of all findings on daily QC. We get audited by the FAA and the airlines quite often and QC is very high on their priority list.

User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3537 times:

Gasoline-Based ( Avgas ) :

100LL Most Common
Mogas (automotive gasoline-for airplanes that can handle it)

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 3):
Jet A is the worldwide standard. The only real 'option' you get is with or without Prist. Prist is an additive that helps remove moisture and kills alge.

According to Wikipedia, the worldwide standard is Jet A-1, whereas the USA only uses Jet A.


User currently offlineFutureUApilot From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1365 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3487 times:

Quoting Tlfd29 (Reply 4):
100 Low-Lead

Yep, 100LL (low lead) is the most common piston engine fuel in the United States. A word of caution though... even though it says "Low Lead", the levels of lead are actually quite high. Avoid skin contact as much as possible. I always use gloves both working as line service refilling the planes and as a pilot when I take fuel sumps.


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