As I am sitting on board my plane and have been informed that there may be a three-hour delay due to a pressure problem in the fuelling system at the destination, it seems like an appropriate moment to ask: how do these systems at large airports (in this case, Amsterdam Schiphol) work?
Apparently, it is an airport-wide problem affecting all flights that need refuelling.
- How and where is fuel stored?
- How is it delivered to the aircraft?
- What sort of technical problem with pressure could affect an entire airport the size of Schiphol?