Squawk Box

February 1999 Issue

Fuel Warning Issued

Jet fuel isn’t just any kind of kerosene

When visiting a parachute jump zone airport, an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector discovered the operator was using K1 kerosene to fuel its turbine-powered aircraft.

K1, sold for home heating use, does not meet the American Society for Testing and Materials standards for aviation turbine-engine fuel. It also does not meet FAA requirements specified in aircraft type certificates.

Using such unapproved fuel creates a situation in which the airplane’s performance may not be predictable. Although the kerosene may work for a long time in routine operations, quality control is not nearly as stringent, increasing the possibility that the airplane will be filled with bad fuel.

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