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Fuel Systems

Avoiding Fuel Related Problems

6/1/1994 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, June 1994)

Fuel problems take many forms and they can - and do - occur in sophisticated certificated aircraft as well as in the more modestly priced personal aircraft variety.

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A Fuel Systems Review

6/1/1993 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, June 1993)

Most fuel systems in homebuilts have been surprisingly trouble-free. For the most part, more so than some builder-pilots. Mechanical and fuel management problems do, of course, crop up, but no more frequently than they do in commercially produced certificated aircraft.

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Basic Fuel Pump System

8/1/1987 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, August 1987)

A gravity flow fuel system will not work in many aircraft designs - especially in most low wing types. As you know, a fuel pump system must be used whenever the fuel tanks cannot be installed high enough above the level of the carburetor to take advantage of gravity and the simple, efficient, gravity flow system.

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How About An Aluminum Fuel Tank?

12/1/1986 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, December 1986)

Most builders cannot weld aluminum or, to put it more accurately, have never tried to weld aluminum. If so, why should any of them even consider making an aluminum fuel tank? After all, almost anyone can make a serviceable fiberglass or composite fuel tank.

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The Fuel System Management Problems

10/1/1979 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, October 1979)

IN AN AUTO you turn on the key, glance at the gas gage, hit the starter and go. There is no fuel valve to turn on; there are no tanks to switch and check against the gages; no fuel pump, transfer pump or booster pump to operate; no fuel pressure gage to monitor . . . in short, there is no fuel management problem.

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