Had my first emergency landing!

I was doing a flight from EDDF-KSFO/747–8 and it was about a 12 hour flight, so I put 16 hours of fuel and for some reason I was low on fuel. I was close to San Francisco but I had like 5 minutes left of fuel and I had 30 minutes to my destination so I had to come up with a plan and ended up landing in Sacramento/KSMF. I’m glad I was able to land and come up with a plan. :)

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I had also almost run out of fuel once going from Hong Kong to Los Angeles, diverted to SFO and they gave me priority landing. I fueled up there and continued to LAX with no further issues

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Ah, the 747-8 fuel burn claims another victim. Glad you got it down safe though, I’m sure the numbers will be adjusted at some point.

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How do you get priority landing?

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If you are low on fuel, you get ATC commands to ask for a priority landing (or diversion)

Only after an hour of flight (or 30 mins I don’t remember) though

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told them i had very little fuel, they slid me in to land ASAP. It was nice they didn’t tell me to divert that time, sicne that’s what they usually do (and I don’t blame them for not wanting to deal with an emergency)

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There isn’t a problem with the 747 fuel burn, just work out 11,000kg multiplied by the amount of hours your flight is plus 2 or 3 more. It works perfect for me. The 747 does burn about 11,000kgs an hour so it’s quite accurate.

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Alright thank you will do that next time.

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No problem, also just a thought is that maybe you climbed to high to start with so you burnt more fuel too early.

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My VS was 2000 the whole time so I don’t know how I burned so much fuel. :/

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This is true^ If you’re heavy you need to be at like FL310 or lower to start. 290 or 300 is actually probably better although I haven’t run the full calcs

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Oh that was probably why I was too high and kinda heavy

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You can let an IFATC controller know about a fuel issue after flying for some time (I’m not sure if its a minimum of 1 hour of flying), when the fuel is under 30 minutes you can warn ATC, or declare an emergency. ATC will then prioritize you and give you efficient vectors.

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What button would I have to press cause I’ve always tried to look for it?

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Its under emergencies or something like that, you can find the button only when the fuel is under 30 minutes. I’m not sure what the button is called but it will pop up when you’re low on fuel.

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Oh ok thank you, good to know! :)

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You should reduce climb rate as you get higher sometimes depending on weight like down to 1000fpm or below just so you don’t burn to much fuel by having the engines on such high throttle when climbing. Like as you go above FL260 just base the climb rate off of what the engines are like so if they’re at really high power setting and they seem a but like there struggling just reduce climb rate a bit.

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Yes, some 747s if very heavy start long haul flights at somewhere between FL280 and FL310.

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I once had a flight from LAX to SFO
as an Air Force one escort, however I ran out of fuel and was not able to make it to land at SFO, luckily I was able to land at one of the nearby air strips!

Yeah I had to think of a close by airport which I picked Sacramento