Squawk Box

September 2000 Issue

Screwed by a Nut

RV fuel pickups may be rotated by turning a nut just like you’re supposed to

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

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A Van’s RV-8 made a forced landing after losing engine power immediately after takeoff.

The accident investigation showed the fuel tank had 10 gallons in it, but the fuel pick-up tube was crimped just outboard of its threaded fitting, and the tube had rotated more than 180 degrees.

This resulted in the pick-up intake end of the pick-up tube being positioned midway between the top and bottom of the tank.

The pilot/builder reported that several weeks previous to the e...

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