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Measuring fuel: How do you measure up?

from By H. Dean Chamberlain, reprinted with permission of FAA Aviation News

A while ago, the Short Wing Piper Club's Internet chat room had an interesting discussion about how some of the members checked fuel quantity. Some used wooden sticks or dowels to measure (dip) their tanks. Others used pipettes to measure the fuel level. Pipettes are narrow diameter tubes used to collect fluid either by suction or by being inserted into a liquid and then closing the upper end of the tube to retain the fluid. In the case of measuring fuel, one end of the tube is inserted vertically to the bottom of the tank, and the open end is blocked with a finger so that the tube retains the amount of fuel that corresponds to the level of fuel in the tank. more

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