Latest Air BP Offering Contributes to Misfueling Prevention

Earlier this month, Air BP announced their new Airfield Automation technology — an innovative cloud-based platform that enhances safety, reliability and compliance in aircraft refueling operations. According to the Air BP press release:

“The cloud-based platform consolidates the data related to airport fueling operations and works via an app on a handheld device in the fueling vehicles. The appropriately named ‘safe2go’ app captures fuel volume readings and provides fuel grade checks to add an additional misfuelling barrier. It then electronically captures customer details which are confirmed with an electronic signature from the pilot or airline. By using this automated, end-to-end, paperless system, accuracy is enhanced and any potential miss-keying errors minimized”

Air BP tested the technology over the past two years at 9 separate locations in the UK, Cyprus and Portugal and expects it to be fully implemented at 350 locations by 2020. They believe it to be “the first commercially deployed system in the world to provide an engineering barrier to actively help prevent misfuellingAs a result, Air BP is currently pursuing patent protection for this distinctive technology”.

Kerry Rutherford the Technical Director for Air BP stated, “Misfuelling is one of the biggest risks we face in our industry, the new Air BP Airfield Automation technology provides an engineering barrier to stop it happening. As aircraft engine technology advances and new unleaded fuel grades are introduced, we anticipate that it will become even more relevant in the future”

NATA has long been an advocate in the fight against aircraft misfueling and offers a General Aviation Misfueling Prevention program free of charge. The program includes learning tracks for pilots, FBO managers, line service techs and CSRs to educate everyone involved in the refueling process about their role in misfueling prevention. To learn more visit www.preventmisfueling.com.

 

Gammon Technical Offering New Decals for DP Gauges Free of Charge

Gammon Technical Products recently announced they are offering free status indicator decals for their differential pressure gauges (0-30 psi scale range). The decals feature a color-coded system that make the gauge easier to read: green is good, yellow indicates concern, and red means STOP!

For ease of use, the decals can be affixed to the side of the scale not being referenced (psi or bar), so that the red color starts at the critical change-out number. In most cases, the change-out number will be 15psi, 1 bar or equal.

The decals are being offered free of charge through June 30th, 2018, and will cost $3.25 each as of July 1st. To order (Part # GTP 9721) contact Gammon Technical Products at (732) 223-4600 or info@gammontech.com.

For questions on differential pressure and selecting your change-out number, contact sberry@nata.aero.

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Fuel QC Management System Podcast and Webinar | Hear and See Benefits Of This Innovation in Fuel Quality Control

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.

NATA Hosts Third Advanced Line Service Workshop of 2018 | Next Workshop May 1-2 in Chicago

Last week, NATA held its third 2018 Advanced Line Service Workshop at the Centennial Airport Authority (APA) in Englewood, CO. The ALS workshops include a unique mix of technical and service training with sessions on motivation and leadership techniques, customer service training, misfueling prevention, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) training, and the impact of human factors on aviation ground handling.

Guest speakers Rick Spencer of Peco-Facet and Keith Clark of Phillips 66 led sessions on aviation fuel filtration, quality control and misfueling prevention. Attendees also toured Centennial Airport’s air traffic control tower, courtesy of Dennis Fria of the FAA.

NATA would like to thank Deborah Smith and all the staff of the Centennial Airport Authority for making this event possible.

Here is what ALS attendees had to say about the event:

“No matter how many years you have in the aviation industry, the Advanced Line Service Workshop is a must. Regulations are ever-changing and this class provides the information needed for any level of line service.” – Jerome Ballard, Signature Flight Support

“Everybody who decides to be in aviation fueling should take this course to stay up on all the new information and ideas on how to keep themselves and others safe.”- Dale Thresher, Fremont County Airport

NATA is hosting 4 more ALS workshops throughout the country in 2018. Click here for dates and registration information.

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NATA Hosts Second Advanced Line Service Workshop of 2018 | Next Workshop March 20-21 in Denver

NATA’s Safety 1st Advanced Line Service Workshops are in full swing for 2018! Our latest workshop was held at Ross Aviation in Long Beach, CA. The two-day event included sessions on motivation and leadership techniques, customer service training, misfueling prevention, SPCC training, and the impact of human factors on aviation ground handling.

Guest speakers Rick Spencer of Peco-Facet and Keith Clark of Phillips 66 also led discussions on aviation fuel filtration and quality control. Attendees received hands-on fire extinguisher training during a live fire demonstration conducted by Hedrick Fire Services.

NATA would like to thank Greg McQueary, Valerie Boes and all the staff at Ross Aviation Long Beach for making this event possible.

NATA is hosting 5 more ALS workshops throughout the country in 2018. Click here for dates and registration information.

 

NATA Safety 1st Is Seeking Member Photos of Ground Handling Operations

NATA Safety 1st is currently redeveloping its online training content to incorporate improvements and new features suggested by our members and users. As part of this process, we are seeking new photographs of ground handling activities, such as aircraft fuel and oil servicing, quality control checks, and towing operations. If your company is interested in sharing photos of ground handling operations at your facilities, and possibly having these images featured in the redeveloped NATA Safety 1st training program, please contact our Trainer/Content Manager Steve Berry at sberry@nata.aero.

Summary of Recent NATA Webinar: Filter Monitors and What You Need to Know

NATA would like to thank everyone who attended last week’s webinar on recent changes concerning filter monitors and give a special thanks to our expert panelists Amy Carico of Airlines for America (A4A) and John Leonard of Facet Filters.

The webinar was held to update our members on the status of filter monitors following the International Air Transportation Association (IATA), and Energy Institute’s (EI) position statement that filter monitors be phased out of all aviation fuel handling systems. The position statement came after eight separate documented incidents in which super absorbent polymer or SAP (which is the media used in filter monitors) was found downstream in engine/airframe fuel system components.

We have provided a summary of the questions and answers covered during the webinar below:

Q: How has A4A responded to the findings of the IATA and EI special interest group on SAP?

A: A4A has issued the following 6 actions to be implemented at sites which use filter monitors and operate to the ATA 103 standard:

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Q: What if my site is not required to meet the ATA 103?

A: The recommendations of A4A concerning the action items above come after thorough industry research and are recommended to be implemented at all facilities currently using filter monitor elements. NATA also recommends you contact your filter manufacturer and fuel provider for additional guidance.

 

Q: Do the same concerns that exist regarding filter monitors for use with jet fuel also apply to avgas?

A: Yes, and while the ATA 103 does not provide a standard for avgas, the same recommendations provided for use with jet fuel are also recommended for avgas. NATA recommends you contact your filter manufacturer and fuel provider for specific guidance.

 

Q: The EI outlined a December 31st, 2020 revocation date for the 1583 qualification standard for filter monitors. What does that mean for my location if we use filter monitors?

A: Filter manufacturers are currently working with the EI and other industry partners to develop a replacement for filter monitors by December 31st, 2020. Until a replacement is decided upon and approved industry wide, the six action items outlined above should be implemented as a precaution against SAP media migration downstream.

 

Q: Is there currently a 7th edition specification approved for 2’’, 5’’ and 6’’ in-to-out flow filter monitors?

A: 2’’ monitors have received 7th edition EI qualification and are currently available from all three filter manufactures. 5’’ and 6’’ elements are currently awaiting EI 7th edition qualification. NATA recommends you contact your filter manufacturer for timelines.

 

Q: What should I do if my site currently uses 6’’ in-to-out flow monitor elements?

A: 6’’ in-to-out flow monitor elements were developed to convert existing filter/water separator vessels (FWS), also known as coalescer/separator vessels, to monitor filtration. As noted by A4A in the table above, these vessels should be converted back to using filter/water separator elements. It is important to note, that FWS vessels require water defense systems so you must ensure that your vessel is equipped with a functioning water defense.

 

Q: What about 5’’ and 6’’ out-to-in flow monitor elements used in small canister vessels like the VF-61, VF-21, and VF-22?

A: The three major filter element manufacturers Facet, Velcon, and Faudi all make single-element filter/separator filters for these vessels so you should contact your filter supplier to determine the element which would be required. Like traditional FWS vessels however, a water defense system must be installed.