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Checklist: Fuel—good to go?
A ROUTINE INSTRUMENT TRAINING
flight in a Piper PA-28 turned into an “off airport” landing after the engine lost power. Luckily no one was hurt and there was no property or aircraft damage. Had the instructor visually inspected the fuel tanks before the flight it might not have come to this NASA Aviation Safety Report: “…I had the student change fuel tanks…a few moments later the engine began to shake and vibrate; then it momentarily ran smooth. I instructed my student to switch tanks. I verified mixture and throttle were full forward and turned on the fuel pump. The engine began to shake again and lost considerable power…I declared an emergency…After landing I noticed the left fuel indicator read empty. I looked
… THE STUDENT HAD ASKED ANOTHER CFI ABOUT THE FUEL LEVEL
into the tank and saw only a little bit of fuel. I found out the student had asked another CFI about the fuel level in the left tank. The instructor informed the student to either get gas or only use the right tank. The student said he understood and would do that. When I asked the student about the fuel situation before the
flight, his only response was that fuel was “good to go.” Check out ASI's Fuel Management Safety Spotlight online (www.airsafetyinstitute.org/fuelspotlight) for an interactive fuel accident map and fuel safety publications. —Machteld Smith
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 2 | Issue 1
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 2, Issue 1
ASI Online: Accident Forgiveness
CFI Tools: The Art of Professionalism
Checklist: Fuel— Good to Go?
Safety Spotlight: That Sinking Feeling
Chief's Corner: In Their Shoes
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 2 | Issue 1