brendanw Posted February 22, 2008 Share Posted February 22, 2008 So, in preparation for the upcoming first engine start, I need to plan the first fill of the fuel tanks. And I imagine that this would be one of the best opportunities to mark the level indications on the sight gages. Thoughts and questions... (1) I spoke with a lineman at the FBO on the field at KWST regarding the fuel pump. I asked if he can accurately (± 0.2 gallons or so) stop the pump every 5 gallons so that I can mark the sight gages. He said yes. Does this sound like a good idea? (1a) What graduation does everyone typically use? 5 gallons seems about right given the ~10 GPH burn rate of my O-360 (1b) What do you mark the sight gages with? I was counting on an indelible ink marker (Sharpy), then making up the numbers on the labeling machine. (2) Not that I think I'll have any catastrophic problems (knocking on wood now), having two full fuel tanks on the first engine start is way more than I need and I suppose could be a safety issue. In this case though, I'm not sure that 5 gallons is any less of a safety risk than 50 gallons. Thoughts? (2a) I suppose that once I fill the tanks and mark the gages, I can drain the tanks (I'm going to need a bunch of tanks!!!) through a paint filter and clean out any debris that may have gotten in there. Thoughts? (2b) I can then refill the tanks to, say, the 5 gallon mark with my filtered fuel. Thoughts? (3) I suppose I could avoid all of this at this point by feeding the engine from an external tank via some bastardized plumbing sequence. Thoughts? Getting exciting now!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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