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Monday, July 19, 2010

CALLBACK Issue 367

From NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System

Issue 367

July 2010

A Delicate Balance: "Minimum Fuel" vs. "Emergency Fuel" Declarations

In a number of recent ASRS reports, Part 121 pilots bemoan the fact that they declared "minimum fuel" and were disappointed (irate in some cases) that they weren't afforded priority handling by ATC. It's evident that some pilots in today's cost-conscious airline industry are unaware of the need to declare a fuel emergency if they need to have their arrival expedited. The emergency declaration is a tool they need to have in their flight bags when appropriate.

This month we provide a quick review of "fuel emergency" and "minimum fuel" declarations, as well as incident reports illustrating situations in which pilots declared "minimum fuel" only to discover that subsequent events deteriorated into near, or actual, fuel emergencies.

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