Left, Right or Center…

fuel

My last post RE: clothespins really got some interesting debate started on the Backcountry Pilot site.  Some think NEVER switch the fuel off.  Some leave it on just one tank, and yet more see no issues with shutting the fuel off.

In my C170, and now in the C180, I try to be extreamly vigilant with my checklists and have listed “fuel on both” in many places.  I flip the selector to one side or the other to prevent cross-feed, and now add the clothespin as a memory aid to remind me to switch to both even before the checklist is out.

The fact is we are human, and humans can be pretty damn stupid from time to time.  I certainly am no where near an expert on what is right and what is not… but the debate leaves food for thought.