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Ground Service Providers
Water Barrier Filters Drop In
The ATA 103 standard for jet fuel quality control
has been updated to allow for the use
of new water barrier filters and
to phase out filters utilizing
super absorbent polymers (SAP).
BY WALKER JAROCH
N
ear the beginning of the year, Airlines for America
(A4A) updated its ATA 103 standard for jet fuel
quality control to allow for the use of water barrier
filters and phase out filters utilizing super absorbent
polymers (SAP).
A4A's update and the need to eliminate filter monitors
containing SAP comes from several incidents where the
material was found to be the cause of inoperability in aircraft
fuel systems.
" Between 2010 and 2017 there were eight documented incidents
in which SAP was identified as the cause of operability
issues within aircraft fuel systems, " says Steve Berry, manager
of fuel quality and safety, National Air Transportation Association
(NATA).
" Filters are supposed to be filtering out contaminants, not
adding to it, " he continues. " And then the decision was made
that we need to phase them out. And then that started the process
of looking for replacement technology. "
The decision to phase out filter monitors began in 2017 and
required a drop-in replacement given how ubiquitous they
are in the industry. Estimates at the time, Berry says, showed
around 85 percent of all aviation fuel filtration worldwide was
filter monitors.
A differential
pressure gauge.
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Dropping In
The new replacement technology to SAP - water barrier filters -
has been developed by Parker Velcon and does just as the name
suggests, repels water as opposed to absorbing it.
NATA

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