The Seinfeld episode where Kramer wants to test the limits of a new car’s fuel tank made for hilarious television. Kramer’s logic is that he sometimes borrows Jerry’s car and does not always have the cash to put more gas in the tank. He wants to know just how far he can push it beyond the low fuel warning. Unfortunately, it is a mentality shared by many pilots of small planes. Improper fuel management results in about two GA plane crashes each week, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Many pilot gets overly confident and adopt a nonchalant attitude to safety. They feel they have been flying long enough to know their plane. They want to save a bit of money on fuel cost by keeping the fuel load as light as they can. This all too often results in crashes at or near the landing site. The money saved on fuel is nothing compared to the cost of a crash and emotional toll of a passenger’s death.
Proper safety procedures begin long before the day of a flight. Regular small aircraft maintenance is essential to prevent fuel starvation due to mechanical failure. Never take your love of flying or your aircraft for granted. Flying is not just about rushing from one location to the next. Take the time to do things right and appreciate everything you have.
At the Lindbergh Aircraft Tug Company, we have the equipment you need to easily keep your plane at peak performance. Call 888.631.5011 to speak with one of our knowledgeable Sales Engineers.