May 1998 Issue

Good Gas to Go

The lowly fuel tester is the cheapest thing youíll ever buy for your airplane. Jeppesen makes the best; improve it by stealing the float ball from the AirTrans.

The cheapest flight insurance around comes not from your friendly underwriter-shopping broker but in the form of a little plastic cup that most owners take for granted.

With prices from $4.95 to $15.95, fuel testers donít get much thought. Just root around for whatever is stuffed into the seat pocket, drain a slug of gas and get on your way.

Nonetheless, a couple of companies have taken a new look at the lowly fuel tester and none too soon, now that owners of new Cessna 172s are confronted with 13 sumps to drain and many airports have begun to frown on the practice of dumping gas on the ramp. It chews up the asphalt and, over time, leads to soil and water contamination. Although t...

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