Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Problems. Topic S10-13. Issues with Airport Fueling System Operations

Airport operators are responsible for the good working condition of all airport facilities. In many cases staff knows little about the complexity of the aircraft fueling infrastructure and processes because they may be managed by others. Fuel storage tanks, distribution lines, hydrant distribution systems, and fuel trucks are some of the specialized components and each must be operated with utmost safety and environmental stewardship. Aviation fuel is flammable. Jet fuel is a combustible liquid and avgas is a volatile flammable liquid. Safeguarding the entire fuel system from contaminants, flash point sparking, and leaks is important; and built-in safety features such as fuel level and leak monitoring systems, automatic fire suppression systems, and vehicle collision protections are typical features included as integral parts of the airport fueling system. In many aspects of fueling, the airport operator is identified as the primary responsible party. Airports receive and distribute fuel by various means. Many large airports are served by one or more dedicated pipelines and have underground hydrant fueling systems, and have fuel consortiums with professional managers and trained staff operating their systems. Smaller airports may have less complex systems but are still responsible. Because aircraft fueling infrastructure is necessary for airport operations and requires specialized storage, handling and dispensing, it is useful to airport operators to have a single document that describes common operations and serves as a reference for many fueling issues and practices. The objective of this synthesis is to describe typical elements of airport fueling system operations, and common issues and practices. The audience for this synthesis is airport operators who engage in any aspect of fueling operations, including those newly responsible and those with experience looking for current and alternative practices.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $40000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Performing Organizations:

    SMQ Airport Services

  • Principal Investigators:

    Quilty, Stephen

  • Start Date: 20140529
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37648

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543501
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 16 2014 1:00AM