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FUELING December 2017/January 2018 airportbusiness 33 All fuel sump samples can be recovered from samples taken during a fuel delivery, storage tank draining's and filter sumps. The only sump samples that may not be recovered are those from actual aircraft, as the origin can not be easily identified. When recovering aviation fuel sump samples, the concept is to accumulate all sump samples together, allow for proper settling time (1 hour per foot for Jet Fuel and 15 minutes per foot for Avgas), remove and water or solid contamination and return the balance back to storage. When appraising what type of fuel recovery system to acquire, some important considerations should be: • Typical daily sump volume for proper sizing (Typical sizes from 15 gallon to 300 gallon) • Large top opening for easy pouring of samples • Stainless steel construction with socket weld fittings • Conical bottom • Pressure vacuum vent The design should allow for water and sed- iment to be easily removed and convenient functionality for clean fuel to be returned back to storage. Options available on some fuel recovery units that have great appeal are: • Filter system with differential pressure gauge • Automatic over-fill protection • Hand pump to return reclaimed fuel to storage • Electric motor to return reclaimed fuel to storage • Remote sample jar • PLC controls • Explosion proof oil-bath heater for cold climates • Sight glass for volume identification If you are one who has previously con- sidered fuel sample reclamation, perhaps it deserves a second look. The benefits are multi- ple, not the least of which is cost savings and a positive impact to the bottom line. Fuel recla- mation not only eliminates the cost of dispos- ing of the sample, drained and sumped fuel, but also reduces the purchase of new product over the course of the year. Reclamation reduc- es the environmental impact of fuel systems by lowering the amount of disposed contam- inated fuel. Reclaiming the sampled, drained and sumped fuel and putting it back through filtration ensures clean fuel in the system and reduces maintenance costs, as well as extends filter life and compliance with NFPA requirements. Overall, a fuel reclamation sys- tem will very quickly turn itself into an investment and not an expense. Bravo Zulu Fueling Systems, Inc. Bravo Zulu Fueling Systems, Inc. Walter draws from 40 years of experience in the aviaƟon industry to share ideas and pracƟces on how to set your aviaƟon operaƟons apart in a very highly compeƟƟve General AviaƟon marketplace. Walter began his career at a local airport fueling small aircraŌ, growing to manage one of the naƟons most presƟgious Corporate Jet Service Centers in Houston Texas. He earned his MulƟ-Engine Instrument pilot rat- ings and has flown for a living. His career has taken him from the world's largest integrated oil company where his talents were put to work ensuring quality fuel prod- ucts to his own training and consulƟng company work- ing to improve the safety and profitability of the general, corporate and commercial aviaƟon marketplaces. Walter's formal educaƟon includes an Associate degree in AeronauƟcal Science and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Technical EducaƟon. Walter P. Chartrand ABOUT THE AUTHOR Cost may be the most significant driver in consideration of a fuel recovery system as situations exist where fueling agents are paying an organization to physically remove their sump samples as hazardous waste.

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