Aviation safety issues and actions

Fuel dipstick methods

Issue number: AO-2010-025-SI-01
Who it affects: Owners, operators and pilots of Victa Airtourer aircraft
Issue owner: Airtourer Association
Transport function: Aviation: General aviation
Background: Investigation Report AO-2010-025
Issue release date: 14 December 2010
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The association has written an article on correct fuel dipstick use and an Operations Bulletin has been produced on the same subject.

Safety issue description

There was the potential for the incorrect use of the dipstick to result in the over-reading of the fuel quantity.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2010-025-NSA-005
Date: 14 December 2010
Action status: Closed
The aircraft owner’s association has produced an article for their newsletter highlighting the correct method of fuel dipstick use to aircraft owners. That article can be accessed through the association’s webpage.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by the aircraft owner’s association adequately addresses the safety issue.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2010-025-NSA-006
Date: 14 December 2010
Action status: Closed
The aircraft’s type certificate holder has devised an Operations Bulletin for issue to owners of the aircraft type that will detail the correct method for the use of the dipstick. As of final ATSB report release this document is currently undergoing type certificate holder document review.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action being taken by the aircraft type certificate holder will, when complete, adequately address the safety issue.
Last update 21 February 2014