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Re: Champ wing tanks

Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 14:16
by Carlton
Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of a removable champ wing tank? I am thinking of adding small capacity tanks to each wing, but need them both to be removable so they can be filled off site and reinstalled in the wing full.Any thoughts or suggestions? Can this done with a field approval?
quick release fittings, etc.

Re: Champ wing tanks

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 07:45
by rkittine
I would imagine that they could be rigged in that way. If you can carry filled tanks to your plane, why could you not bring filled legal fuel containers to it and dump the fuel in? It would seem an easier fix.

When my wing tank in my 7CCM started acting up, I had it removed and repaired. When it was put back in, the mechanic fabricated a removable aluminum cover over the tank rather than patching the fabric, which then make it easy to get access at again. I guess that and some quick disconnect fittings might do what you want, though many times I filled my 5.5 gallon wing tank with a 5 gallon red fuel container and a funnel.

Bob

Re: Champ wing tanks

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 21:04
by Carlton
My issue is that fueling on my local field is not allowed by portable container. Your idea with cover and quick disconnects is exactly what I am thinking would work perfectly.

Any suggestions as to who can help me make this happen?

Carlton

Re: Champ wing tanks

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 06:20
by rkittine
Carlton,

Where are you located? The guy that did my tank repair / modification is here in Orange County, New York.

Send me an e-mail or text and I will send you his contact information.

Cheers, Bob

rkittine@aol.com 631-374-9652

Re: Champ wing tanks

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 20:16
by Carlton
I am domiciled on the west coast.... Oregon, but I would be happy to chat with your guy,

Thx,
Carlton

Re: Champ wing tanks

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 06:29
by Richard Murray
Berrer you should educate your local airport. If they take Federal dollars for airport improvements there are precedents to overturn the ill-formed regulations.

Most of these regulations were enacted by local airport authority to prevent the use of auto fuel and loss of revenue/ Do they also prohibit fueling your aircraft by means other than portable containers? There are fuel caddys that have manual or battery driven pumps.

The simplest solution is to educate the airport authority and correct the regulation imho.

Re: Champ wing tanks

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 08:17
by rkittine
Lifting a full tank and reinstalling it every time you fuel up I would think would be as dangerous if not more than fueling from an approved container. I agree you should do some more checking with the airport.

The reason I did the modification was not to be able to take the tank in and out all the time, but to get better access when and if it needed repair.

Bob