Squawk Box

November 1999 Issue

Fuel Filters Recalled

Trucks and fuel farms may be contaminating aircraft they refuel

The following information is derived from the FAA’s Service Difficulty Reports and Aviation Maintenance Alerts. Click here to view "Airworthiness Directives."


Virtually any aircraft may be subject to fuel contamination following the discovery that certain filters used in fuel farms and fuel trucks may deteriorate.

Velcon Filters Inc., maker of Aquacon and CDF cartridges, has determined that some of its filters would, under some circumstances, allow some of the gelatinous water-absorbing media to pass with the fuel.

As water is absorbed by the water-absorbing media, similar to what’s used in baby diapers, the differential press...

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