Scalebuilder From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 6 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3050 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!
MPDPilot From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 1024 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2989 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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Tlfd29 From United States of America, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2896 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.
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.