Builder Tip #42 from HomebuiltHELP 
Do I need to use a Gascolator?

We find gascolators on certified aircraft. But - are they needed on our experimental projects?

Many times we are left on our own to make decisions about fuel plumbing options in our homebuilts because the engine choice is left to us - not the aircraft designer. And with each engine choice comes a variety of fuel plumbing decisions. One of these is whether to use a gascolator in the fuel system.

In this video we examine the design of a popular gascolator so we can understand how it works and what benefits are achieved in using it. By feeling comfortable with these details, we can make an educated decision as whether it is a good choice for our aircraft fuel system.

Above: Popular Gascolator used in Homebuilts
    Internal construction reveals operation
Installing a Fuel System in your home built aircraft?

An examination of the gascolator is just one example of the many items we need to feel comfortable about when assembling our aircraft fuel system.

Our DVD: Fuel System Plumbing explains the components and demonstrates the skills needed for plumbing a fuel system for your homebuilt aircraft.

You can build the best fuel system for your aircraft only when you feel comfortable understanding all of the options involved with its construction: flare fittings, rubber hoses, rigid tubing, sealants, and on and on! With these options come some needed skills for implementation: bending, flaring, cutting, deburring, etc.Our DVD was tailored for the beginning aircraft builder who has little or no experience with these important issues that are often left unexplained by engine and kit manufacturers. Visit the web page for more details of this valuable instructional DVD.

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