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Skyvan Refuel With Motors Running, Why?  
User currently offlineUkair From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 283 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 11 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1523 times:

Have a look at these pics. We've got a Shorts Skyvan being refueled with the engines running which I find puzzling does anyone know why?


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 3 days ago) and read 1489 times:

It's been about a zillion years (or maybe it just FEELS that way) since I was familiar with the similar Shorts 330 aircraft, but my guess would be that the aircraft pictured being refueled was at an airport that didn't have an operable ground power unit. This, the only electrical means of starting the aircraft was via an already running engine. Might also have been an aircraft-related problem, although it's been too long since my SD-330 experience to recall the specific possibilities...

User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1472 times:

I would assume that they're flying multiple short flights by the "Sydney Sky Diving" logo on the airplane. Turbine engine maintenance is based on a combination of time and cycles. Keeping the engines running would reduce the start cycles on the Skyvan's engines. Is it a smart practice? Well, it's probably not one that I would endorse under normal conditions. Although it's a fairly common practice with helicopters.

Jetguy


User currently offlineTulsarefueler From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1397 times:

i am with opnlguy on this one. given the pictures they were probably
doing a lot of jumps, or the fueler was just in need of a new source of
air conditioning.


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