COMAIR 20 minutes til flameout; No Problem

172driver

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 4, 2002
Posts
744
Total Time
4000
From what I remember at Comair, OM requires a min fuel report at 2000 lbs, declaration of emergency at 1500.

The CRJ burns about 2000 lbs/hr down low at 200 kts, 2500 lbs/hr at 250. So, 20 minutes is 600-800 lbs total. I can guarantee you they had more than that or you would have heard it in their voices. What is the min fuel for a go-around, 900 or so?
 
Last edited:

IronCityBlue

Blue member (hey wait...)
Joined
Feb 5, 2006
Posts
638
Total Time
medium
Our manuals stated that you should declare "MIN FUEL" not declare an emergency with 45 minutes remaining.
No, most manuals do not require the declaration of an emergency at 45 minutes remaining. Novel concept though. And even if that was some kind of universal policy, is that the same 45 miutes clean at cruise like almost every 121 dispatched airplane is planned for, or 45 minutes partially configured at 2K? The second version would be way, way higher than planned IFR reserve. Depending on the plane and assigned speed/configuration it could be double or triple you planned IFR cruise reserve. You ALWAYS land with that much gas? Uh huh.

In any case, you 12 angry men,NTSB law judge wanna be's still think that its possible, just possible, that the crew of that plane knew delays were rampant and padded their time? Or perhaps, God forbid, they made an error in phraseology or misunderstood what the controller was asking and meant 20 minutes til they got to emergancy fuel? Just maybe?
 

Beaufighter

Member
Joined
May 17, 2007
Posts
21
Total Time
5000
From what I remember at Comair, OM requires a min fuel report at 2000 lbs, declaration of emergency at 1500.

The CRJ burns about 2000 lbs/hr down low at 200 kts, 2500 lbs/hr at 250. So, 20 minutes is 600-800 lbs total. I can guarantee you they had more than that or you would have heard it in their voices. What is the min fuel for a go-around, 900 or so?
For the CR7 it is minimum fuel at 2500 & emergency fuel at 2000. As for a go-around it is 600 lbs per wing (level flight) so obviously 1200 lbs minimum.
 

Flyer1015

Well-known member
Joined
Dec 13, 2004
Posts
4,502
Total Time
Moola
Just shut one down, then you'll have twice as much fuel/time left.

Now that's funny!

Wasn't there a guy here who admit that during an interview, when he was asked about going around in IMC with only 1500 lbs left in the CRJ, WWYD? He said he'd shut one down during the go around to conserve fuel. Either he's BSing, or he is one stupid guy.

I can only hope he was joking. Either way, if he actually said that stuff during the interview, that's one quick way to not get hired.
 

WSurf

The Smack Down!
Joined
Apr 26, 2002
Posts
3,690
Total Time
6500
I can only hope he was joking. Either way, if he actually said that stuff during the interview, that's one quick way to not get hired.
In todays market? I think we are getting close to hiring people with criminal records here soon!

Ahhhhh only 2 DUI's in 2 years! That aint to bad, can you start class next week!

With the pilot shortage, everyone with a pulse is gonna have a chance for a job!
 

siucavflight

Back from the forsaken
Joined
Jul 30, 2003
Posts
3,512
Total Time
5000
They dont know what he meant by total exhaustion? Holy crap.
 
Top