Fuel Quantity Measuring Device

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Re: Fuel Quantity Measuring Device

Post by Steve » Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:09 pm

midlifeflyer wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:55 am
LOL. I said "efficiently." I was taught how to use them in my first Diamond checkout 18 years ago and had to teach it a few times. Can be done, but it would be helpful to have three hands :D
Every time I tried it I seemed to get an 'Avgas shower'.

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Re: Fuel Quantity Measuring Device

Post by Rick » Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:05 pm

Steve wrote:
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Every time I tried it I seemed to get an 'Avgas shower'.
Same here. I have always affectionately referred to it as the "fuel draining device" when someone asks about it!
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Re: Fuel Quantity Measuring Device

Post by Rich » Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:20 pm

Just for an unrelated giggle, the recent models of C-172 and 182 have a total of 13 drain valves and the preflight checklist says to drain a "cup" of fuel from each and every one. Riiight :D
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Re: Fuel Quantity Measuring Device

Post by NDCDA62 » Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:36 pm

The measuring device for “alternative means for fuel quantity indication”, received with my new DA62 two weeks ago, has a plastic tube fitted.
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Re: Fuel Quantity Measuring Device

Post by Karl » Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:57 am

Its usually hidden in the secret store below the baggage bay floor.
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Re: Fuel Quantity Measuring Device

Post by chili4way » Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:27 pm

Has anyone tried (and had success with) the Sporty's "Universal Fuel Gauge"? https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/unive ... 11-in.html
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Re: Fuel Quantity Measuring Device

Post by vontresc » Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:57 pm

I've used it a couple of times. the one thing it does well is to get your shirt flooded with avgas then inserting the probe into the drain. It does however give you a pretty accurate reading.
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Re: Fuel Quantity Measuring Device

Post by Steve » Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:34 pm

chili4way wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:27 pm
Has anyone tried (and had success with) the Sporty's "Universal Fuel Gauge"? https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/unive ... 11-in.html
I wouldn't expect it to work accurately on a DA40, since it only would read the quantity in the outermost tank (and not even all of that, because of wing dihedral and the location of the fill port). Since the Diamond gauge reads at the lowest point of the tank assembly in each wing, it will be fairly accurate.

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Re: Fuel Quantity Measuring Device

Post by midlifeflyer » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:08 am

Steve wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:34 pm
chili4way wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:27 pm
Has anyone tried (and had success with) the Sporty's "Universal Fuel Gauge"? https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/unive ... 11-in.html
I wouldn't expect it to work accurately on a DA40, since it only would read the quantity in the outermost tank (and not even all of that, because of wing dihedral and the location of the fill port). Since the Diamond gauge reads at the lowest point of the tank assembly in each wing, it will be fairly accurate.

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Exactly the reason for the Diamond device. The filler caps are nowhere near the point where a vertical probe would work unless the tanks were full, whether one of those universal glass straws or the thin wooden dowel with markings many pilots of other aircraft make for themselves.
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