3Dreaming wrote: TimTaylor wrote:
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.
That depends on how much fuel he needed to get from where he landed to his final destination. He would need enough to get there plus 30 minutes of reserve. My point is, once he landed and decided to take off again, it was a new flight with it's own fuel requirements.
Agreed, but with a fuel burn of 5 gallons per hour, which my CT has in normal cruise, you need 2.5 gallons for your 1/2 hour reserve. That leaves .5 gallons for the flight. Using the same fuel burn you would have 6 minutes of flight time. Unless the airplane is really slow or there is a big headwind you should be able to make a 4 mile flight in less than 6 minutes. This would not be in violation of the regulations. Personally I would not do this, especially in the type of airplane he was flying.
BUT, I believe that aircraft has 1 gallon unusable. So if you have 3 gallons in the tanks, you only have 2 gallons available to you, and at 5 gph that's 24 minutes. Besides, that 5 gph number is at cruise
, not take-off and climb. Furthermore, there's nothing left for taxi, run-up, or time in the pattern.