Recommendation R20000128

Recommendation issued to: American Society for Testing and Materials

Recommendation details
Output No: R20000128
Date issued: 30 March 2001
Safety action status:

See report 'Systemic Investigation into Fuel Contamination'.

Output text

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the American Society for Testing and Materials develops and promulgates definitions for necessary physical and chemical properties of aviation fuels that are not currently defined, whether these are expected to be tested as a part of batch specification or not.

Initial response
Date issued: 08 February 2001
Response from: American Society for Testing and Materials
Action status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

The letter contained three proposed recommendations to ASTM. These recommendations were discussed at the Subcommittee J meeting on December 6, 2000. Subcommittee J agreed to the following replies, which use the same numbers as the original ATSB letter.

ATSB recommended that definitions for necessary, but currently undefined, physical and chemical properties be developed for aviation fuels, regardless of whether these properties are to be included in batch testing. Subcommittee J is currently embarked in a major effort to define all explicit and implicit properties required for the satisfactory performance of jet fuels. The work is directed to allow the evaluation of novel fuels that may differ from current fuels either by their non-petroleum origin or through differences in processing. Subcommittee J expects this effort will aid in the identification of such implicit properties for Avgas, although a direct read-across is unlikely.

Based on the above response you can see that the ATSB recommendations are receiving serious consideration in ASTM and I expect Subcommittee J will keep you advised of progress. In that connection I would recommend that an ATSB representative become an official non-voting member of the Subcommittee, so that such an individual would automatically receive all issued documents.

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