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Old 07-22-2019, 12:35 PM
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I have been giving a lot of thought lately as to what you guys typically do about unleaded fuel while on cross country flights behind a Rotax. It is something I have never previously considered, but I got to wondering. I know I could lug around fuel cans, but if I am on a multple day trip, I probably need the baggage area reserved for bags. Just curious as to how the pros do it.
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Old 07-22-2019, 12:45 PM
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Are you implying carrying extra fuel cans in baggage compartment of RV-12? I don't think I'd do that.

I'd use 100LL and just schedule earlier oil change after return to home base...
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Old 07-22-2019, 12:54 PM
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I meant carrying empty cans to fill up on the road. I definitely wouldn’t want to carry fuel in the cabin.
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Old 07-22-2019, 12:55 PM
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I meant carrying empty cans to fill up on the road. I definitely wouldn’t want to carry fuel in the cabin.
I definitely wouldn't do that either. Fuel can with just vapors in it is very explosive.
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Old 07-22-2019, 01:36 PM
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I suspect that you are looking for a suitable container to haul Mogas from an enroute gas station to your RV-12's stock 20-gallon fuel tank (i.e., NOT for actual storage in the baggage compartment). Many backcountry pilots use flexible tanks (@ 5.2 gallons) for this purpose. Try Googling: "flexible aircraft fuel containers backcountry" for some ideas.
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Old 07-22-2019, 02:17 PM
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Russ it's hard to beat plastic cans while on the road. I tried flexible tanks what a pain in the neck to fill at the stations and then empty into the tank. Next to impossible without a spill it's always windy. It's never right flange it's often a rush. Nobody wanted them and tossed them in the trash If you are traveling alone faraway (Alaska or BC for example) just keep couple of cans empty in the plane. Leave them with somebody if not needed anymore. I have left fuel cans at several locations through Alaska and Canada you can borrow them if it's within your range





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Old 07-22-2019, 04:08 PM
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I use a couple of 20 litre (5.2 gal) flexible rubber fuel containers to transfer fuel from the bowser to the plane. While I don't like carrying fuel in them in the plane, I've done it on occasion when the alternative was potentially being stranded at some remote airstrip in the middle of nowhere. I eventually increased the capacity of the fuel tank to overcome that problem. I agree with Vlad that rigid cans are a bit easier to fill, but on the other hand the flexible bags empty much faster. Never had a problem with spillage.
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Old 07-22-2019, 04:10 PM
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Run the Shell semi synthetic motor oil, run Decaline in every fillup, and run 100LL when you need to fill up at an airport.

Read your Rotax owner manuals for more suggestions for your 912ULS on fuel and suitable oils.
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Old 07-22-2019, 09:20 PM
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One of my favorite cross country trips is from the Phoenix area to Chiriaco Summit, CA. It was Patton’s headquarters when his troops trained for Operation Torch. It has a museum and you land on the original airstrip. It’s a truck stop just east of Palm Springs, and the gas pumps are about 50 yards from the tie downs. I bring a an empty 5 gallon gas can and love the looks I get strolling over to the gas pumps with my big red gas can. One guy asked me in a concerned voice, “Did you run out of gas!” I said, “Nope, I came for the hamburgers.”😝
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Old 07-22-2019, 09:32 PM
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One of my favorite cross country trips is from the Phoenix area to Chiriaco Summit, CA. It was Patton’s headquarters when his troops trained for Operation Torch. It has a museum and you land on the original airstrip. It’s a truck stop just east of Palm Springs, and the gas pumps are about 50 yards from the tie downs. I bring a an empty 5 gallon gas can and love the looks I get strolling over to the gas pumps with my big red gas can. One guy asked me in a concerned voice, “Did you run out of gas!” I said, “Nope, I came for the hamburgers.”😝
I like that place. Stopped several times over the years. The restaurant is great and truck stop mart has everything if you are in rush. Tanks in the open are impressive.
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