Dec 2012 Fuel Starvation Happens!
Fuel starvation. Don’t you just hate it when this happens?!!
OK, everybody that believes that say “Aye”. Â Fuel starvation, fuel exhaustion, running out of gas, whatever you wanna call it happens all the time in small aircraft. I remember sweating bullets a long time ago. I was flying my Cessna 140 west into a 40 kt headwind, over the flat flat state of Kansas. I had a non-pilot girlfriend with me and we were headed for the Rocky Mountains! My fuel gauge kept dropping lower and lower and my ground speed kept getting slower and slower. On a clear day in Kansas you can see Forever. I watched the airport ahead for what seemed like an eternity, and flying slower than the cars on the ground, kept pointing my nose at the airport. When I finally turned final, slowed it down and pulled the nose up to flair, the engine just quit! Â I’m smarter now than I was back then – Really!!