Recently, I’ve been working on a Cessna 414, for the annual inspection and associated repairs.

Listen to today’s episode to find out about why we removed both the left and right fuel selector valves for repair, and how it all worked out.

Each wing has one of these selector valves








The fuel strainer bowl, in this case, is part of the selector valve and can be accessed through the bottom access opening in the wing.








The selector valve can be removed through an opening in the top of the wing, after draining fuel and disconnecting all the lines and cable attachment.








Today’s episode also tells the story of a fuel leak on an Aerostar aircraft a few years ago, and how challenging it was, until we found the right person, who knew exactly what to do to fix it.

I also tell a story of how a Cessna 172 engine was kept running in a very innovative way, that resulted in a safe, airport landing, but could have been catastrophic, if this technique had not been used.

Finally, I have 3 recommendations for fuel system familiarization:

  1.  Take a little time to study your fuel system in your POH, or Flight Manual.
  2.   If you have an issue, do some research, and try to find the best person to help, who has experience with that issue.
  3. Get involved in your airplane’s maintenance, and learn about the fuel system… it just might help you in the future.

IF YOU HAVE A UNIQUE OR INTERESTING FUEL SYSTEM STORY, please sent it to me so we can share it with others and all learn from it.