Avgas and Jet Fuel sure are some nasty chemicals. At least Avgas dries on you very quickly (as the toxic lead gets absorbed into your body most likely) but Jet Fuel stays with you for a long time. I hate that smell. It’s weird how burned Jet Fuel doesn’t smell all that bad but with raw Jet Fuel you can totally imagine that it is not good for you, even if you haven’t done the research just by the smell alone.
I had my helicopter parked on an oil rig one time when a swarm of ladybugs landed (to rest? not sure what the ladybugs were doing 12 miles offshore) on the aircraft and literally covered the whole thing. It was a crazy phenomena but what really freaked me out watching them was that every bug died instantly the second it came in contact with any kind of oil, grease, or fuel on the aircraft (it was an old Twinstar so there was plenty of either fluid every time I flew the thing covering the engine bay and around the transmission). It kind of makes you wonder what all these chemicals do to your body if you are constantly around them being in this business …
We couldn’t resist to have Chuck need even more clarification on the subject. But, hey! It’s for aviation safety! I hope all of you have learned a little something with the last two strips. I am sure you all have also heard the old saying “You can never have too much fuel on board … unless you’re on fire”.
There are probably even more sayings about the subject. Feel free to post them underneath.
Also, I think it’s great to see that Chuck hasn’t given up on his Corsair project yet. If there is one thing you can NOT say about Chuck, it is that he gives up easily.
“Pilots with lots of gas make good decisions!” As a pilot and flight instructor I really like that phrase, and it was actually only last summer that I heard it for the first time. The other captain I flew with most of the season always used to say it, especially when it came time to decide if we should fly another load on the fire or head back for fuel. The Skycrane is actually a pretty simple aircraft to calculate fuel burn with because it makes very little difference what the mission is or the altitude. She always burns almost the same amount, there really is no “stretching” it by using less power or flying way conservative. Even on cross-countries or sitting on the ground running it seems to burn almost the same. The only thing you need to watch out for is how FAST she is burning the gas. The fuel gauge is one of the fastest moving gauges on a crane.
Of course leave it up to Chuck to interpret the saying a little different. This strip actually took a lot of research because in trying to stay accurate with our strips we had to find out what makes a chicken gassy. And there you have it! Burritos! Who knew?
The world would be a much better place if people would listen more to each other, wouldn’t it? And that’s all I can think up for today’s blog, because I just downed a huge mug of coffee and have tons of things I want to do right now! Ah! Hyperactivity! Need to make use of it while it lasts! Cheers!
Decisions, decisions. I might react similar to Chuck here, because as a libra, I tend to be indecisive. Fortunately my ascendant sign is sagittarius, which means I don’t believe in astrology!