Our industry has seen several incidents in recent months where DEF was accidently injected into jet fuel instead of FSII, causing significant aircraft damage. Although none of these incidents led to an aircraft crash, there is a substantial risk of engine failure in aircraft fueled with DEF contaminated fuel. NATA urges its members that utilize Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) and Fuel System Icing Inhibitor (FSII or Prist) to review their storage, handling and personnel training procedures to prevent dangerous fuel contamination.
In December of 2017, NATA released a DEF Contamination Prevention training course through its Safety 1st Supplemental Safety Training program. This course is provided free of charge to anyone in the industry and could help prevent future incidents related to DEF Contamination. Current Safety 1st users have the ability to assign the DEF Contamination Prevention course to their employees utilizing their Safety 1st training account. Companies that are not current Safety 1st users should contact us for complimentary access to the DEF Contamination Prevention course.
Current Safety 1st Users – click here for directions on assigning courses
Non Safety 1st Users – click here to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Additionally, NATA provides the following resources to assist and educate our members on aviation fuel management:
- 2018 Certified QC Inspector Program – September 18-19 – Charlotte, NC
- 2018 Ground Handling Safety Symposium – September 11-12 – Ashburn, VA
- Fuel QC Management System – A cloud-based digital tool for the management of aviation fuel quality control
- General Aviation Misfueling Prevention Program – Free awareness training for Pilots, Line Service Professionals, General Managers and Customer Service Representatives.
For questions regarding DEF contamination prevention or any of the resources described in this alert, please contact email@example.com.