Issue Number 283
April 2003
A Monthly Safety Bulletin from The Office of the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System
P.O. Box 189, Moffett Field, CA 94035-0189

Spring Training: Eliminating Fuel Errors

There are three basic principles of proper fuel management. The first is knowing the aircraft fuel system; second is preflight planning; third is monitoring of actual fuel consumption. Pilots who miss the basics may not make it all the way home.

Field of Dreams: If You Plow It, They Will Come

Umpire strikes out a landing CessnaBy including fuel quantity in a periodic scan of the aircraft instruments, an abnormal trend in fuel consumption can be noted and range calculations adjusted accordingly. This pilot did not recognize the signs, tried to change the game plan, and wound up out in left field.

Given the burn rate experienced during the first hour of flight, two hours and thirty minutes would have been a reasonable estimate for planning the off-airport landing.

"This Is Like Déjà vu...

When the actual fuel burn differs from the planned burn rate, range and endurance estimates must be revised accordingly. In this report, another pilot didn't have enough fuel to make it over the fence.

... All Over Again" —Yogi Berra

The pilot who submitted this report lost his cap and then joined the rest of the team... out in the field.

Advancing on a Good Hop

In this report, engine overhaul was once again a factor in a fuel starvation incident. A lucky bounce in the infield saved the day.

Fuel quantity, burn rate, and tank selection should be monitored closely throughout the entire flight.

AD — Attention Deficit

Fuel errors happen, even in the majors. A few change-ups disrupted this B757 crew's attention to fuel monitoring.

Meanwhile... in the Bleachers

As if they didn't have enough to do keeping the passengers contented, safe and secure, the Cabin Attendants on this flight also discovered an unusual fuel problem­ (L)Avgas.

From the Broadcaster's Booth

The controller who submitted this report to ASRS got behind the count and learned that some situations require help from the bench.

Oops! Our Error

A loyal fan submitted this report to ASRS when he noticed a disorienting change in the Callback layout.

Replacement of a faulty gyro at the printer has corrected the back page unusual attitude problem.

ASRS Recently Issued Alerts On...
Bell 407 rotor mast crack
A300 tail vibration incident
Falcon 20 unlatched engine cowlings
Wake turbulence incident at a southern airport
Runway signage confusion at an eastern airport
March 2003 Report Intake
 Air Carrier/Air Taxi Pilots
 General Aviation Pilots