The number of helicopter pilot’s who run out of fuel and crash is a testament to how important you have to be in having your own personal fuel policy.
Please read the fuel policy.
Don’t be an idiot and run out of fuel.
Think Safety and Think Ahead
The purpose of the fuel policy is to ensure that each flight is conducted with sufficient fuel onboard so that on landing there is a minimum of 30 minutes of fuel remaining in the helicopters fuel tanks.
Prior to each and every flight check the following
Check fuel remaining in the tanks.
This is to be done visually if possible with the aid of a calibrated dipstick. Only rely on the gauge or other means if it is in a helicopter that is known to be reliable or it is virtually impossible to check visually (e.g. B206, AS350, EC120, H500).
Note of the amount of fuel delivered into the helicopters fuel tanks.
Re dip the tanks or recalculate the total amount of fuel onboard the helicopter after the refuel.
After determining the Total Amount of Fuel Onboard, calculate the Total endurance time in minutes. Total Amount of Fuel Onboard % Helicopter’s Consumption Rate = Total Endurance Time
Subtract 30 minutes from the total endurance time and this will leave you with a “Total time in the air” figure. Total Endurance Time – 30 Minutes (reserve) =Total Time in the Air
At start up: Convert the total time in the air figure to a time on your watch and write this number down. This is the time at which the helicopter must be on the ground.
Check the amount of oil remaining in the engine prior to start.