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Fuel icing and precautions

Jet A1 will always have a tiny water content. As you climb, the fuel gets cold and tiny ice crystals form.

Like a ‘Slush Puppy’ drink.

Those ice crystals can clog the fuel filter and eventually causes a flame out.

I also have this:

All the OLD 500 series Citations require 1 part additive to 1000 parts fuel.
The early CJs also mandate an ice inhibitor.
The King Air doesn’t require additive, because it has an oil heat exchanger in the fuel tank to keep the fuel temp just a degree or two above zero.

So Prist gets used a lot in these circles… People must get through a lot of disposable gloves because the stuff is nasty.

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Shoreham EGKA, United Kingdom

There’s also this PC-12 accident where icing caused extreme fuel imbalance and aircraft flipped over in the circuit.

EPPO, EPPK

Cobalt wrote:

Nor in a twin, given that if fuel for one engine ices up

Seems we had this conversation before. Cheers.

[ yes – I have merged the two threads – Peter ]

EPPO, EPPK

Peter wrote:

So Prist gets used a lot in these circles… People must get through a lot of disposable gloves because the stuff is nasty.

I used to fly a PC12 and never used gloves to put Anti Ice…
Most of the time the guy doing refueling do it or you use the bottle with the “funnel”. see: Here
On some airport up north fueler can mix the fuel and prist directly

LFPT Pontoise, LFPB

Romain wrote:

Most of the time the guy doing refueling do it or you

Last year at Roskilde a fueling person would not go near aircraft once I pulled out the can. Had to refuel myself. Company policy he said.

EPPO, EPPK

In the Meridian I never used it in Europe. Over the NAT I did and Iceland and Greenland line guys had no problem with it.

EGTK Oxford

Bromma(ESSB) used to have premix of prist in the fuel but stopped with that some years ago apparently. I use the ordinary bottle to fill it and just pour it in at the same time as the fuel guy is doing his thing. Most guys do not have a problem with it at all.

Sweden, Sweden

I have never used Prist/EDME but carry 1 or 2 1-litre bottles of IPA and throw half a litre of the stuff into the tank while it is being filled, if I am refuelling from a place where the stuff may have been sitting for a long time.

IPA should be completely safe and doubles as a handy degreaser.

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Shoreham EGKA, United Kingdom
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