Inflight Refueling


  • Inflight refueling allows aircraft, primarily military, to extend their range and endurance to near unlimited when necessary
  • Aircraft shall carry sufficient usable fuel to fly from takeoff point to Air Refueling Control Point(s) (ARCP), thence to a suitable recovery field in the event of an unsuccessful refueling attempt
    • In no case shall the fuel reserve at rendezvous point be less than 10%
  • For multiple in-flight refuelings, the aircraft must have the required reserve at each ARCP
  • After the last in-flight refueling is completed, the fuel reserve required for the remainder of the flight shall be in accordance with paragraph (fuel planning)
  • Aerial refueling over densely populated areas shall be avoided whenever possible


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