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I would like to thank Brian Losisto (Air Canada's photographer) for always allowing me to post his pictures. (The above thrust lever pic is his). Then there is Kelly Paterson from Calgary and plane spotter "Erik" from Germany. Of course, I have lots myself. On that note, if you feel a photo(s) may be in appropriate or the content I post a bit dubious by all means send me an email. I will ratify it! That's all I ask!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sweet smell of Kerosene

Doug: In a television interview, I've heard you say that jet fuel is less refined than car fuel. You'd think that with those sophisticated engines (that cost a fortune) - that the opposite would be true. Can you shed some light on this?

Jet fuel falls into the hierarchy of diesel/kerosene, about half way up in the distillation process.
The reason why jet engines prefer kerosene is jet fuel has a higher flash-point than other petroleum fuels, which makes it safer to store and transport. It is also thinner than other fuels such as gasoline, which is a characteristic needed for it to burn effectively in a turbine engine.
Smell is the sense we most remember (trivial pursuit question). Analogous to a banker and the smell of money or a baker and his baked goods, the sweet smell of kerosene is easily recognized by any jet pilot. When you get a whiff of it, it brings back the zest. You can't beat it.


Memopilot said...

Ha¡¡¡ i tought i was the only person felt that way , haha

One time, i went to pick up a friend to the airport , and i said " do you smell?"
He just look and said "man, your insane"

Jaja i guess is something you just born with

Regards from mexico Captain

Happy Landings¡¡

From the Flight Deck said...

Memopilot. Yes, I think this should be a test for new pilots. If they like the smell of jet fuel then they are in the right profession. Hope your training is going well.

Captain Doug

Daniel Asuncion said...

I smell a good answer.

From the Flight Deck said...

Daniel. Thanks for the feedback and again thanks for the question.