Conducting Safe Aircraft Refuel Service Operations
In our daily workday in our respective careers we often wonder why we do things the way we do. Many times we wonder if what we are doing is the best way to do it. The discussion below of aircraft refueling operations will show you why this is conducted the way it is and it will serve as a guideline to ensure that the operation is performed safely and in a code compliant manner.
In an aircraft refueling operation, it is only properly trained personnel who are permitted to conduct fueling operations. These personnel are not only trained on the proper use of fueling equipment, but they are also trained on the operation of emergency control and actions to be taken in the event of an emergency.
Both sides of fuel vehicles are to be marked with the name of the operator or responsible organization are required by safety standards. The type of fuel and associated hazards should also be properly placarded on the fuel trucks.
The procedures in the event of a spill are laid down in the following. Activation of emergency fuel shutoff, notification of the supervisor, and clean up of the spill by trained personnel are the steps to follow during a fuel spill. If the spill is spreading and is threatening to be an immediate hazard, then the airport fire rescue should be alerted at once.
Vehicles with internal combustion engines should not be permitted within fifty feet of the aircraft being fueled. The distance from the vehicle performing fueling operations to the aircraft fuel vent system should be at least ten feet.
It is prohibited to use electrical equipment on the servicing ramp during fueling. Fueling points and tank vents should be far from connected ground power units. Carrying lighters and matches, and smoking is strictly prohibited.
There should be at least a twenty five feet distance between an aircraft being refueled and the nearest hangar, service building, terminal or loading area.
Each fueling vehicle is required to have a minimum of two fire extinguishers.
All fuel servicing equipment should always be in good working condition. To ensure that equipment are in proper usable condition, it is necessary to provide regular inspection, testing and maintenance of the various system components.
The fuel system’s most important component is the fuel hose. Daily inspection should be done with the fuel hose. The hose need to be extended to its full length so that proper personnel can inspect it for any cuts or nicks that can cause harm.
It is not only loss from fire that can be prevented by following these safety guideline for aircraft fuel servicing, but most importantly , it maintains the safety of the life of its employees and customers.
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