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Skyvan Refuel With Motors Running, Why?  
User currently offlineUkair From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 295 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 6 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2303 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 (13 years 6 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2269 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 (13 years 6 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2252 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.


User currently offlineTulsarefueler From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 21 hours ago) and read 2177 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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