posted on Oct, 4 2012 @ 10:21 PM
Jet fuel for civilian airliners has to conform to the standard specified by the engine manufacturer. And het manufacturer has to list all approved
types of fuel in eth "Type Specification" for every engine - this is public information available from the regulatory authority of the country where
the engine is "type certified".
In the USA, guidlines for getting fuels approved for use is contained in
- AC stands for "Advisory Circular" - AC's are not
law, but provide information about how to meet the requirements of the appropriate aviation rule.
AC20-24 applies to several regulations, as listed in para 4:
Related Regulations. The following regulations from Title 14 of the Code of
Federal Regulations (14 CFR) are some of the regulations that apply:
a. Section 33.7(b)(2) and (3), Engine ratings and operating limitations (Fuel, Oil).
b. Section 23.1521(d), Powerplant limitations (Fuel grade).
c. Section 23.1522, Auxiliary power unit limitations.
d. Section 23.1583(b)(1), Operating limitations (Fuel grade).
e. Section 25.1521, Powerplant limitations.
f. Section 25.1583(b)(1), Operating limitations.
g. Section 27.1521(d), Powerplant limitations.
h. Section 27.1583(b)(1), Operating limitations.
i. Section 29.1521(d), Powerplant limitations.
j. Section 29.1583(b)(1), Operating limitations.
k. Section 91.9, Civil aircraft flight manual, marking, and placard requirements.
those are some the actual civil aviation rules - the laws - that apply to fuels (and oils) used on aircraft.
Worldwide for jet engines this standard for fuel is almost always Jet A1.
the chemical makeup of Jet A1 is public knowledge - you can download and read it
from here (173kb pdf)
Knowingly using fuel that does not meet this standard is a crime in most places - ie those that have rule of law and civil aviation regulations.
Knowingly supplying non-standard fuel while saying it meets the standard is, at least, a breach of contract, and probably criminal fraud as well.
so if you suspect jet fuel is "fixed" at the refinery, why don't you go down to your local FBO or fuel company, buy their minimum sale quantity,
and send it for testing. You might have to buy something like a 44 gal drum, and the testing will cost, but overall I can't imagine it would amount
to more than a couple of thoussand dollars.
And if you find anything out of the standard you may well have proved you case in a manner that would brook no argument.
They maybe raised $50k for "What in the world are they spraying" - so I think a fund-raising drives among believers would be a dead cert to get
enough to do this!