July 2005 Issue

GATS Jar Grief

Complaints about the cap design and thin-walled plastic give us second thoughts about this fuel tester.

[IMGCAP(1)] Our recommendation of the GATS Jar fuel tester in the March issue drew a couple of reader brickbats. “There are some problems that you didn’t mention,” writes Allen Inks, of Toledo, Ohio, whose flying club uses the GATS for its aircraft. “The gasket is, in my view, a poor design. It’s difficult to reseat properly when screwing on the jar…I have seen several torn gaskets.” The lack of an inner lip on the gasket seating surface aggravates this, causing gas to leak around the lid when it’s poured back into the tank.

“Also, I find the reversible actuating tube on the GATS jar to be a little too wobbly for my taste when operating pin or bayonet-style drains. And since the pin is at...

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