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They probably had a fuel imbalance that was marginally outside the limit for takeoff, and perhaps the powered fuel transfer system was unserviceable and was deferred. Typically there is a gravity transfer capability by just opening a transfer valve and letting fuel run across on its own with the imbalance present, or by skidding slightly. If they were say ...


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An anecdote, if I may. Once when I was a student pilot, I was preflighting a Cessna 152 for a solo flight. I always sampled the fuel before a flight, as I had been taught. On this day, I noticed a tiny red speck in the sample from the right tank. Tiny, like maybe the size of a grain of sand, but red. It bothered me. I tried another sample and got a red ...


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