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    Fill it to the Slots

    I normally keep my Sundowner filled to 40 gallons after a flight to allow
    me to make early morning departures before the FBO opens. The slots are
    supposed to be 20 gallons per side. The other day the plane was topped off
    and it took 23.4 gallons, which meant that it was over 5 gallons short.
    That means that there was only 17.3 (average) per side, or 2.7 gallons
    short per side less than what I thought I had. The BAC chat room had a
    comment from Mike Rellihan that the 20-gallon point is where the top-most
    part of the slot is completely covered with fuel. I thought that everyone
    should see this. When the line people fill it "to the slots" they are very
    careful to fill it so the fuel just barely touches the lowest part of the
    slot. Sometimes they fill it to the center of the slot. I will have to be
    more specific from now on and specify to fill it such that the very top of
    the slot is completely immersed. Since I plane for a 15-gallon reserve
    (unless there are extenuating circumstances) I would have been OK, but
    knowing the exact fuel load is a good idea.

    Carl Foster Sundowner 9761L Tucson Arizona

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    Fill it to the Slots

    Carl.. .
    That's good news for me as I plan for 17 gal per side. I usually fill to
    cover the slot but it's real hard to get line people to do that. SO. by me
    covering ths slot, I have more reserve than plan and with the line folk I
    have more "slop" on load.

    2.5-3.0 hrs is about the most for me per leg without using our range
    extender (Clorox bottle). Sot 34 gal works out just right.

    Dr Bill
    N9230S 76 SUndowner



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    Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2005 2:39 PM
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    Subject: [BAC-Mail] Fill it to the Slots


    I normally keep my Sundowner filled to 40 gallons after a flight to allow
    me to make early morning departures before the FBO opens. The slots are
    supposed to be 20 gallons per side. The other day the plane was topped off
    and it took 23.4 gallons, which meant that it was over 5 gallons short.
    That means that there was only 17.3 (average) per side, or 2.7 gallons
    short per side less than what I thought I had. The BAC chat room had a
    comment from Mike Rellihan that the 20-gallon point is where the top-most
    part of the slot is completely covered with fuel. I thought that everyone
    should see this. When the line people fill it "to the slots" they are very
    careful to fill it so the fuel just barely touches the lowest part of the
    slot. Sometimes they fill it to the center of the slot. I will have to be
    more specific from now on and specify to fill it such that the very top of
    the slot is completely immersed. Since I plane for a 15-gallon reserve
    (unless there are extenuating circumstances) I would have been OK, but
    knowing the exact fuel load is a good idea.

    Carl Foster Sundowner 9761L Tucson Arizona

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    BAC-Mail@beechaeroclub.org
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