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Aviation Fuel Microbes, Testing, Quality

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Aviation Fuel and Microbes: A Growing Concern

Aviation fuel is often wrongly presumed to be Cleaner and more sterile compared to fuels used in terrestrial or backup applications. However, the potential for microbiological growth exists at various points within the jet fuel supply chain, including within the plane itself. Throughout its lifecycle, jet fuel faces multiple exposure points to the risks associated with microbial contamination, a concern that holds unique gravity in aviation applications.

At every juncture of the aviation fuel supply chain, stakeholders must remain vigilant regarding the potential and perils posed by microbial contamination to both fuel quality and aircraft operations' safety.

The broader aviation sector, encompassing commercial airlines, private aviation operators, military entities, airports of all sizes, MROs (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul facilities), FBOs (Fixed-Base Operators), and aviation fuel suppliers, faces the threat of microbiological contamination.

Prominent industry associations like JIG (Joint Inspection Group) and IATA (International Air Transport Association) encourage a proactive approach to managing this issue. Strategies include averting water accumulation in fuel tanks—an essential measure in minimizing contamination possibilities.

Simultaneously, industry dynamics have witnessed changes, not all of which have been beneficial. These shifts emphasize the increased significance of other preventive measures that aviation stakeholders must adopt. Beyond water prevention, implementing microbiological fuel testing stands paramount.

The Fuel Pulse Program from Bell Performance emerges as an indispensable ally for aviation industry stakeholders who cannot afford to succumb to the inevitable disruptions arising from microbiological contamination within aviation fuel and systems.

Microbial Testing

Sometimes referred to as "jet fuel fungus," although not technically algae, microbial contamination can swiftly transform a pristine fuel tank into a heavily compromised one within a matter of weeks, not extending to months or years. This holds true for aviation storage tanks and other similar systems.

The resultant issues demand attention, including filter malfunctions, costly corrosive harm to vital components, and even disruptions in fuel quantity indicators. The worst-case scenario involves complete engine failure due to fuel supply restriction, an outcome that requires no elaboration on its potential ramifications.

The landscape of aviation fuel has evolved, constraining the options available to aviation professionals for countering microbial contamination in jet fuel systems. Standard contamination treatment entails not only eliminating free water phases but also biocide treatment—essential for eradicating active microbial contamination. However, there are only a scant few biocides sanctioned for aviation fuel systems, and this range narrowed further in 2019-2020.

In light of these circumstances, the significance of microbial testing for aviation fuel and its systems cannot be overstated. It represents the sole reliable means of gauging the extent of microbial contamination within a fuel system and confirming the efficacy of any remedial measures taken.

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ATP Testing For Aviation

Filter and Filtration Issues

Your fuel’s properties can tell you a lot about both its history and its future.  And they can point you in the right direction about what you should be doing for your fuel, if you know what they’re trying to tell you.

Microbial contamination can cause premature failure of filters used in the aviation fuel supply chain.  Read more.

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