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The Fuelhandlers Creed

  Twilight’s Last Fueling It is impossible to accurately measure the results of fueling aircraft safely.  No one can count the fires that never start or the engine failures and forced landings that never take place and one can neither evaluate the lives that are not lost, nor plumb the depths of the human misery […]


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Water in Jet Fuel Misconceptions

Jet fuel at point of delivery into aircraft contains predominantly no free water or particulate. Into-plane fuelling filtration technologies have performance characteristics and cannot be regarded as fail-safe devices on their own. The use of Electronic Water Sensors (EWS) provides the required assurance to refuelling operators and airlines that every single litre of fuel delivered […]


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S&B Acquires CAPE’s Fuels Businesses

HOUSTON, Texas—September 28, 2020—S&B Infrastructure, Ltd. (S&B) today announced it acquired the domestic and international fuels business of the government and private sector contractor, Cape Environmental Management Inc. (CAPE), for an undisclosed amount.  “We are thrilled at the prospects the acquisition brings to S&B and our clients,” said Daniel Rios, president of S&B Infrastructure. “The […]


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New DEF in FSII Field Test Provides Another Layer of Protection in Contamination Prevention

The DEFKit®, available now through Gammon Technical Products (GTP) is a simple to use field test for detecting Diesel Exhaust Fluid in Fuel System Icing Inhibitor (FSII). Developed by Emcee Electronics — a leading supplier of laboratory instruments for aviation fuel testing — the new DEFKit® can detect DEF contamination levels in FSII as low as 2%. […]


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Hidden Contamination

Every rule, directive, regulation, instruction and procedure tells you to periodically inspect the underwing nozzle strainer and remove any collected contamination. Some directives tell you to inspect the contamination to see whether it indicates equipment failure. Rubber particles (black debris) indicate problems in the hose. Metallic particles indicate equipment failure. Sand, bits of wiping rags […]


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News Flash: The Army will now pay for your NPMA Petroleum Certification

Soldiers can start the process through Army COOL at www.cool.osd.mil/army.   There, you will be directed through a 4-step process: Step 1:  Pick a credential.  You will be taken through a series of questions to bring you to a list of possible credentials.  You will want to select Certified Petroleum Apprentice (CPA Level 1) as this is […]


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ATAP Offers a New PMU


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Safety 1st Alert: ANOTHER Aircraft Misfueling… We Need to Prevent This From Happening Again

On May 28th, 2020 the pilot and three passengers on board an Aero Commander 500S airplane, owned by the State of Alaska and operated by the Division of Forestry, were injured when the airplane crashed shortly after take-off. According to the NTSB’s Preliminary Report “A post-accident examination revealed that the reciprocating engine airplane had been inadvertently serviced […]


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July 2020 Hat’s Off Award

Master Sergeant Michael Jacoby (Nellis AFB, Nevada) – over the last five months has led 32 Total Force Airman to support operations in the Middle Eastern theater of responsibility.  He organized the issue of 17 million gallons of jet fuel to 6,000 coalition aircraft sorties.  Additionally, he developed a fuel system and infrastructure overhaul, that included […]


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History Remembered

The National Petroleum Management Association (NPMA) NPMA and the SPR — What Is It? Throughout our NPMA publications and documents, you will always see our SPR logo.  When NPMA was formed, we selected the aircraft fueling adapter, or SPR, as our primary symbol.  We did that as the adapter is universal and it represents the final delivery […]


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Tech Tip: Choosing the Right Fueling Nozzle

Making the right Choice The ability to efficiently refuel aircraft is one of the most important functions in successfully operating a commercial airport or military air base. That capability, coupled with the proficiency of flight line personnel, is largely dependent on the quality of the fuelling equipment that is being used. The performance and reliability […]