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Ever wondered how much fuel pilots take with them? Or why? In this video I explain the difference between taxi fuel, trip fuel, alternate fuel, contingency fuel, additional fuel, discretional fuel and final reserve fuel. Lots of fuel indeed.
Be aware that every airline has their own policy regarding the amount of fuel. Long haul airline pilots take into account other fuel margins than short haul airline pilots.
The trip fuel is the amount of fuel needed for all the phases of flight starting from the moment the airplane is taking off and ending at the landing or touchdown at the destination. The trip fuel contains fuel for take off, cruise, descent, approach and landing at the originally planned destination. It also takes into account any early descents or restrictions.
Taxi fuel is the amount of fuel required for taxi, apu usage and engine start. Taxi fuel is usually a fixed quantity for an average taxi duration but specific conditions can result in a different expected fuel burn on the ground. A runway change or slot can already result in a lower take off fuel than expected. Obviously all of this has to be taken into consideration and adjusted. To give you an example, in Barcelona El Prat, we normally use around 400 KG of fuel for taxi, while in small greek airports we normally use 200KG.
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