In our previous SafetyNet blog post, “The GamGram” we told you about The GamGram and what a great resource it is for anyone involved with aviation fuel handling. In the latest GamGram #69, Gammon Technical Products addresses some of the filter vessel maintenance concerns that often get over-looked. Many facilities may think that filter vessel maintenance is pretty much limited to changing filters and monitoring differential pressure. While these tasks are very important and great starting points, there are many other components of filter vessels that can lead to bigger problems down the road, if neglected. Check out GamGram #69 Filter Vessel Concerns to learn more.
NATA’s Shannon Chambers and Michael France discuss the Safety 1st Fuel QC Management System — a cloud-based digital tool for general and business aviation fuel quality management inspections, record keeping and auditing. The Safety 1st FQMS allows FBOs and other aviation businesses to enhance the visibility and accountability of their QC process. Replacing the traditional pen & paper approach to fuel QC management, the Safety 1st FQMS is easy to use, affordable and flexible enough to accommodate the needs of any size aviation business. Hear more about the benefits provided to fuel handlers and aircraft operators by this breakthrough system.
Find out even more by visiting www.nata.aero/fqms or registering for the April 18th webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern —featuring a live demonstration of the system. During this demonstration, attendees will see the Safety 1st FQMS features in action, including the inspection portal, discrepancy log, automatic alerting and the revolutionary Compliance Sentry technology.
Last month, the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) issued a position statement from their special interest group on Super Absorbent Polymer or, SAP (the media used in EI 1583 filter monitor cartridges), which recommended that filter monitors be phased out of all aviation fuel handling systems. The announcement came after eight separate, documented incidents in which SAP was found downstream in engine/airframe fuel system components.
Following the initial position statement from IATA, several leading industry groups have issued their own statements. As such, Parker’s Velcon Aviation Filtration Division issued Service Bulletin 1217-1, which seeks to clarify the various current positions. The bulletin includes the collective “best practices” of IATA, A4A, JIG, and EI along with Parker’s “go-forward” actions for their EI 1583 qualified monitor elements.
The recommendations include:
- Fuel filter monitors to meet new 7th edition criteria from the Energy Institute (Implementation period TBD)
- Maximum allowable monitor vessel differential pressure-15 psid (1 bar) *This is an important reduction from the 22 psid outlined in the latest revision of ATA Spec 103.
- Differential pressure switches for use on fuel filter monitor housings
- Change all nozzle hose end strainers to 100 mesh
- Regular cleaning of the hose end strainer (final procedure and timing TBD)
This is an ongoing issue and NATA will continue to keep you updated on the latest developments as they become available.
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I remember back to my early days in working at an FBO, I was still struggling to find a direction to my career in aviation. I found that direction in aviation fuel handling and I can remember searching high and low for informational sources so that I could learn more about the processes, procedures and equipment that our industry uses to make sure that fuel is delivered clean, dry and on-specification. I remember reading the old, blue covered, NATA Fuel Handling guide and the Gam-Grams from Gammon Technical Products.
A new resource on aviation fuel handling became available late last year from the Energy Institute; the second edition of EI 1550, the Handbook on equipment used for the maintenance and delivery of clean aviation fuel. I am reading it now and it is a valuable reference for anyone involved in the handling of aviation fuel. The handbook is available directly from the Energy Institute here.
While we are on the subject, there are a number of other great resources on fuel handling including the Gam-Grams I mentioned earlier and:
- The NATA Fuel Handling & QC Guide
- ASTM Manual 5 – Aviation Fuel Quality Control Procedures: 4th Edition
- The Airport Fuel Facility Operations and Maintenance Guidance Manual published by Airlines for America
- Of course, we must include, Spec. 103 (ATA 103) the Standard for Jet Fuel Quality Control at Airports
There are likely other fantastic resources out there. Please don’t hesitate to let me know other resources that you depend on!
Submitted by Michael France, NATA Director of Safety and Training
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