Published: Jan 2009
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The purpose of these field tests (Glass Jar—Sec. A.1.4.2, White Bucket—Secs. A.1.4.3+A.1.4.4, and Visual Fuel Sampler—Sec. A.1.7) is to detect possible water, solid contaminants, microbial debris, surfactants (Surface Active Agents), and/or other petroleum products in aviation fuel by visual inspection. These tests are not precision tests; they are considered subjective. Experience is the important element; any condition that varies from the normal is a cause for concern. Questionable or unsatisfactory results obtained from these simple tests must be reported to the appropriate authority and may require that certain specification tests must be performed to determine if the product is indeed on specification or not. These are the simplest tests, low cost and easy to run.