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ATA 103 Modified to Allow Water Barrier Filters 

Airlines for America (A4A), publishers of ATA 103-Standards for Jet Fuel Quality Control at Airports, announced via Bulletin 2022.1 that water barrier filters (WBF) meeting EI 1588 qualifications would be permitted for into-plane use. The move represents a significant advancement toward complete phase out of filter monitors containing super absorbent polymers (SAP) by modifying ATA 103 to incorporate WBFs as the second type of SAP replacement technology. It is also a breakthrough for Parker Velcon, whose CDF-X filters are the only WBFs currently qualified to EI1588. “This is a major milestone for stakeholders across the aviation fueling industry who have been working toward alternative technologies to SAP filter monitors since 2017. A4A’s Bulletin 2022.1 provides the official mechanism by which into-plane fuel providers who operate to the ATA 103 standard can begin incorporating this new technology into their operations,” said Steve Berry, NATA’s Manager of Fuel Quality and Safety.

Learn everything you need to know about incorporating water barrier filters into your operation during a free webinar hosted by NATA on February 23rd at 2:00 pm ET. Join NATA’s Steve Berry, Amy Carico of Airlines for America, and Rob Guglielmi of Parker-Velcon as they discuss Bulletin 2022.1 and more. Click here to register.