Ed Cesnalis Posted October 4, 2012 Report Share Posted October 4, 2012 I flew yesterday for 1.2 hours and before I left I glanced at my sight tubes ( they are new and have different markings ) and thought I saw 10 gallons. The entire flight I watched the sight tubes and on my way back I knew my fuel was getting critical. I really didn't want to land on a road in remote Nevada/California mountains so I kept going but always with a landing zone and always with some fuel showing in 1 site tube. I flew in a slip sufficient to keep fuel visible ( which looked like 3-4 gallons because it was sloshed inboard ) once abeam the numbers I forgot about the fuel and turned base and final coordinated. I taxied to my hangar and then looked again. Both site tubes show zero, dipping the tanks show zero as well. I would have to drain the fuel to see how much is left and after sitting in the hangar its possible I could drain some that wasn't usable in flight. I never thought about it before but if I have a chance of making it to an airport and if I can see fuel and if I have reasonable landing options I will continue. I would have landed if the visible fuel was exhausted. Another reason I would land is if the terrain ahead became unfriendly for landing. Any thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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