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Old 04-05-2021, 02:50 AM
HansLab HansLab is offline
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Default fuel cap loss

Hi y' all. Second flight, and besides (or because of) an erratic high oilP I managed to leave my fuel cap on the airport where I was refueling.
The oilP was due to a nut coming off of the sensor (so this time not the ground ;-) - probably the only not-locknut FWF. However, I got the message.
Any ideas about the fuel cap, though? Any of you found a solution for my forgetfulness?
Hans Labruyere
build & sold project Kitfox IV
Project bought & flying RV12 #120742
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Old 04-05-2021, 03:48 AM
Mich48041 Mich48041 is offline
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Set the fuel cap on the pilot's seat.
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Old 04-05-2021, 06:10 AM
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Carry a spare.
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Old 04-05-2021, 06:20 AM
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Put it in your pocket?

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Old 04-05-2021, 06:22 AM
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Conduct a pre-flight inspection.
Mel Asberry, DAR since the last century. Over 1,000 certifications accomplished.
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Recipient of Tony Bingelis Award and Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award
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Old 04-05-2021, 06:23 AM
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Default anchor chain

The fuel caps on my non-RV plane are safety secured with a length of chain and a T-piece anchor inside the filler tube, works well. The cap can be completely removed if necessary by maneuvring and pulling out the T piece anchor, otherwise it just hangs out of the way while refuelling.

You still need to remember to put the cap back on after refuelling though!
Paul vS (yes I'm also a Van)
Building RV-6A #22320 O-320 FP. Wings and tail complete, working on fuselage
Flying my Aeroprakt A-22 STOL and the aero club's RV-9A while I build

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Old 04-05-2021, 06:53 AM
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Concer with:

“Carry a spare”
“Conduct a pre-flight inspection” EVERYTIME.
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Superior XPIO-360, Hartzel CS prop, Dual GRT Horizon WS, EIS, Garmin 340, 335 w/WAAS gps, Dual 430s (non-WAAS), TruTrak 385 A/P with auto-level & auto-trim, Tosten 6 button Military Grips, FlightBox wired to WS, Dynon D10A w/battery backup, 406 MHz ELT. Custom Interior, New TS Flightline hoses, Great POH!
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Old 04-05-2021, 06:54 AM
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Spring for the locking cap, keep the key on the ring with the ignition key and don’t remove it from the cap until it’s locked on the plane.
Bob Y - builder 12iS E-LSA
N569TT first flight 2/9/2020
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Old 04-05-2021, 08:01 AM
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I use a locking cap, the key is on the same ring as the ignition. When I remove the cap the key stays in it. If I forget to put it back on when I go to start the key isn’t in my pocket.

This serves a dual purpose making sure I always have the gas key when I fly away from my airport.
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Old 04-05-2021, 08:14 AM
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Default Fuel caps...........

EVERY time I refuel, whatever airplane I am flying, I do a brief walk-around including physically touching the fuel caps to assure they are down and tight or otherwise secure, and tapping a bit of fuel out of the quick drain to check for any water that may have been in the fuel I just put in (knowing it may not have made it to the quick drain yet). I also check the oil level and need the screwdriver on the end of the quick drain tap to get the cowling door open on SuzieQ. It is just part of my refueling routine and I have never left a fuel cap anywhere but where it belongs. There will be a boot print on the tire of the Cub before every flight and after refueling as I use it as a cap-checking step. SuzieQ is a bit easier: a knee print on the tarmac....
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