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In article <airliners.1994.1405@ohare.Chicago.COM>, firstname.lastname@example.org (Grant C Lynde) writes: >When is fuel dumping used? I understand that it may be necessary when a >plane has to make an emergency landing. But is it ever used on a regular >basis? And if so, wouldn't this become an environmental problem? Fuel dumping is only used when an aircraft has to land, and is above is max landing weight due to unburned fuel. This usually only happens when a problem arises during the first portion of a flight. Although aircraft can land at their takeoff weights, usually without a problem, when the weight is above the max certificated landing weight, the FAA requires an "overweight landing" inspection, to be sure that nothing was bent. In general, jet fuel (a form of kerosene) that is dumped overboard is actually atomized as it leaves the aircraft. When done at sufficient altitudes, the concentration of the jet fuel is so small as to pose no identifiable health hazard. Dumping fuel is done at the discretion of the Captain. Most airlines and transport aircraft flight operations manuals discuss the considerations to be made when a fuel dumping decision is contemplated. Environmental concerns are usually among the considerations recommended.