10 April 2019

A Day Without Fire

And there you have it!

A No 1 Fuel Tank indicating zero. No fuel, no combustion, flame out!

I enjoyed this particular incident because it's not every day that anyone can jokingly claim that they flew back to mainland on an empty tank. Too many fingers would point at you for bad fuel planning, bad airmanship and a host of other skull-impacting insults. 

But you would also see the amber captions which traces the fault to a No 1 Fuel Probe, which is like the fuel sender in the No 1 Fuel Tank. Faulty sender means faulty fuel quantity indication.

With 310 kilograms of fuel in the No 2 tank and a connecting flange sitting above the 228 kilogram level between No 1 and No 2 Fuel Tank, hydraulic laws would mean that the fuel would equalise between tanks. This means that the No 2 tank indication was equal to the fuel in No 1 tank till the fuel drops below 228 kilograms in No 2 tank.

It was an interesting day, having theory being demosntrated in real life, and trusting the whirly bird to get us home.


  1. Dear Sir... Its been a while since you have been online... glad to read the back to back articles!!
    I hope all is well with you and the family and the flying is good.
    I trust you are still involve in safety work with the company? and a change of operational status to aircraft commander????
    in any case really good to see you back!!!!

  2. Now, this indeed is a good morning, seeing you have visited. The flying is indeed good now, because: I have relinquished the secondary duty of Base Flight Safety Officer. It is tied in to the progression to aircraft commander, and I was not astute enough to see what was going on in the undercurrents till this January's epiphany. There are times when trust in management is not a good thing, and when the progression did not materialise, my eyes finally opened. That will be another post sir. Glad to see you around.