Re: Fuel Dump Question

Date:         30 Nov 98 03:07:41 
From: (Gerard Foley)
Organization: The Greater Columbus FreeNet
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JF Mezei ( wrote:
: Question:
:     If it allows for an auxiliary system which dumps all of the fuel,
:     and such system has no requierement for a minimum reserve (5 minutes
:     flight?), what's the point of the first fuel jettison system? Or is
:     such system used only for maintenance purposes and not to be used by
:     pilots?

: Question:
:     Why does the FAA not mention a need to reduce to a bare minimum is
:     the amount of fuel so that if the landing doesn't go too well (UA
:     232 comes to mind), the resulting fire will be as small as possible?
:     Seems to me that 45 minutes worth of fuel is a lot.

I am sure the 45 minute rule is to prevent an accidental dump from causing
the airplane to crash.

The second part must be based on that old theory that having two bombs on
the same plane is very very improbable.