2 thoughts on “Thinking Pilot’s Guide To Fuel Management

  1. A fuel gauge is a required instrument in any aircraft. It is mandatory to be a working unit by the Airworthiness requirements and the Operating requirements for any aircraft. Mr. Cox fails to recognize in his many examples of initial mis fueling examples – Ramp angle, gear set, burping would be clearly indicated in flight by a proper functional and calibrated fuel gauge. The reason he doesn’t and relies instead on knowing his starting value is endemic in aviation and promotes a pilot culture that seems quite able to run out of fuel and for many of the reasons he stated in knowing how much fuel you are really staring out with

    The fuel gauge in Mr Cox’s words is never to be relied on – Funny it is exactly the instrument that if was made functional would keep you out of trouble or ever running a tank completely dry

  2. I feel like I am reading a modern 2016 aviation article on “dead reckoning” navigation only applied to Fuel Quantity Systems on aircraft. Fuel quantity indication systems have changed dramatically over the last 5 years i- it is very rare to find a new aircraft with resistive senders installed in the fuel tanks, and in fact a majority of new GA aircraft are delivered with modern fuel quantity indication methodologies. Really people, if we can precisely position the aircraft in space utilizing satellites in space – why do we continue to believe functional and reliable fuel quantity measurement in aircraft is an impossible dream. I think a more interesting article would be to combine Mr. Cox’s justified pilot bias on fuel quantity and place himself in a modern aircraft like a Cirrus SR22T or equally in a legacy aircraft from the heyday of aviation with a modern fuel quantity retrofit.

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