How much Reserve Fuel after Warning Light? 40min's. Per Tnk

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How much Reserve Fuel after Warning Light? 40min's. Per Tnk

Unread post by Dirk » Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:07 pm

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I feel very bad. Really I do! I slipped up big time and I did not check the fuel level as I was suppose to do, because it was a short flight.

I was so bussy talking and explaining stuff to my pax, I failed to do my cheks as I should have.

My good old friend Zeljko Markovic
(X-Skydiver of note) flying with me, pointed out to me that my fuel light had just come on.


(He is a bit uneasy up in the Air without a shoot)

Ag and you know that dreaded heavy cold sweat I must be dreaming wake me up it can't be true, no! Not me!-Feeling; chills ran through my bones as I shivered with goosebumps running like crawlies over my skin-feeling.

We both said nothing.

My embarresment was palpable and complete. Like a big smelly dog with us in the cockpit. A cross between a Saint Bernard and a Great Dane. Both higly advanced in age with bladder and bowl problems.

So, the next time we flew I invited Mr Z along again, and to my amazement he immediately said yes.

But then I got him involved to help me drain the fuel so I could see how close I came to dying. (and to show Z it was not quite the end in sight)

Not that we would have died, the engine would have skipped a beat, my Adrenalin Glands would have jolted and spouted a pint of it's stuff into my arteries, and in 0.45 of a second I would have (read "aged 5 years") switched on the fuel pump, changed the tanks, converted speed to height, had an out-landing-field identified and had my hand ready on the ignition to turn it again had it stopped.

In this picture you see Mr Z, where he and I are draining the fuel to see how much of it is left when the warning light comes on.

It is a 25 litre can, we estimated that there was about 8 litres in the can when the warning came on (and went off again), the Samba's consumption is about 14 liters an hour, which implies I had about 36 minutes left plus what is in the fuel line and filters, make it 40 minutes.

I will see to it that I never fail myself in this way again. :|
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Re: How much Reserve Fuel after Warning Light? 40min's. Per

Unread post by Rob K » Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:38 pm

Nice post Dirk.

Now that your blood pressure is back to normal - how are you keeping otherwise.

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Re: How much Reserve Fuel after Warning Light? 40min's. Per

Unread post by OG » Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:19 pm

I once flew the tank dry on a Samba- with enough fuel in the other tank. 34 min was what I got since light on.
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Re: How much Reserve Fuel after Warning Light? 40min's. Per

Unread post by Dirk » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:08 pm

Rob K wrote:Nice post Dirk.

Now that your blood pressure is back to normal - how are you keeping otherwise.

Regards,

Rob

PS The Santjie White Fund is also expecting a contribution (You didn't think just posting on Avcom would absolve you did you?)
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Fantastic to hear from you sir.

I am well, family is growing. (grey hair on my head)

I see there is an Article of you flying with an American version of the Flamingo into Oshkosh!

I bought the SA Flyer Special Edition Book thingy, I will read it soon.

Still flying the RV? RV7?

Any new acquisitions?

I would not mind to get myself an RV in a year or so.

Santjie White Fund - Good Idea, I will consider it.

You know where I spend my days, you are always welcome to drop in and have coffee sir.(wbc.co.za)

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Re: How much Reserve Fuel after Warning Light? 40min's. Per

Unread post by Dirk » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:14 pm

OG wrote:I once flew the tank dry on a Samba- with enough fuel in the other tank. 34 min was what I got since light on.
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Did it sputter?

Or did it just stop abruptly?

And then I guess you changed tanks and switched fuel-pump on, turned engine with ignition?

How many turns?

Let me guess, you had a possible landing strip the odd 2000ft or more underneath you, not?

A good tip I got from Reiner, is to fly on the Left Tank if you have filled to the brim, because the pipe that feeds overflow back drops it in the left tank, otherwise you may soon smell the fuel that leaks out of the Tank Vent.

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