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API/EI 1550 2007 PDF


API/EI 1550

Revision / Edition: 1      Chg:      Date: 10/00/07


Document Abstract

This chapter explains who this publication is intended for, what 1550 does and does not cover, and why the API and EI have produced it.

Who is 1550 for?

This publication provides information for:

• Designers of aviation fuel handling systems (including aviation filter systems and other fuel cleanliness monitoring/control equipment).

• Those responsible for specifying and purchasing equipment/components for use in aviation fuel handling systems.

• Manufacturers of equipment/components (including vehicles) typically used in aviation fuel handling systems.

• Pipeline operators.

• Pre-airport/pre-airfield depot/terminal operators.

• Operators of aviation fuel supply facilities at airports/airfields.

• Equipment/component operators/users.

• Those responsible for purchasing aviation fuel.

• Other standards developing organisations that may wish to reference API/EI or EI equipment/component specifications.

What does 1550 cover?

This publication provides information on:

• Maintaining aviation fuel cleanliness from batch release/point of fuel certification to intoplane delivery for civilian (mainly commercial) applications.

• The design, installation and operation of filtration/water removal equipment used in aviation fuel handling systems to ensure fuel cleanliness.

• Operational characteristics of different system components as applied in the aviation fuel handling system. This includes discussion of known limitations in the use of particular types of components.

• Certain aspects of the design of other fuel cleanliness monitoring/control equipment that may be used in aviation fuel handling systems in the near future.

• Key issues to be considered in the selection and use of combinations of various technologies/quality assurance procedures to achieve the required fuel cleanliness.

• Other standards or publications that should be consulted for additional in depth information.

Why the need for 1550?

This publication has been prepared to:

• Communicate key information on the above topics to assist all those listed above.

• Provide information based on operational experiences that may benefit the industry and provide specific references to other publications where appropriate.

• Disseminate key findings from relevant industry research to users of equipment/ components who may not be directly involved in all research activities.

• Provide information that may assist in the optimisation of aviation fuel handling system components in terms of safety and efficiency.

• Provide information on technologies not previously used in aviation fuel handling systems that may be introduced in the near future.

• Highlight the benefits of using combinations of components.

What 1550 does not cover

• 1550 does not specifically address military applications. However, much of the information may be applicable.

• 1550 has been written by technical experts involved primarily in the supply of jet fuel to commercial aircraft. The information may therefore have limited application to maintaining cleanliness of aviation gasoline fuels (which may form a large part of the ‘general aviation' market), or to very small airfield installations. It is hoped that a future edition of 1550 will cover some of the more specific requirements for aviation gasoline cleanliness. (Note some aviation gasoline points are included in chapter 3 and chapter 16.)

• 1550 should not be considered an operations manual. All operators of aviation fuel handling systems and equipment/components should have their own detailed operating procedures.

• 1550 does not include detailed information or operational recommendations from equipment/component manufacturers. Such information should always be provided by manufacturers, and followed by users.

• 1550 does not provide general fuel handling design and operational recommendations that do not specifically relate to fuel cleanliness.

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