Just to be fair 3 gallons in a Rotax engine does meet legal reserves, but not by much. it certainly was not enough for the airplane he was flying.
Not when a gallon or more of that is unusable fuel in the CTSW fuel system. Not to mention running that low in a CT makes you ripe for fuel starvation by unporting the pickups in even the hint of an uncoordinated turn...
Whoops, missed the part about what he was flying. We’re on the same page.