FAA Fuel Requirements for IFR Flight

March, 17, 2021 by

According to FAR 91.167(a), “no person may operate a civil aircraft in IFR conditions unless it carries enough fuel (considering weather reports and forecasts and weather conditions) to”

  1. Complete a flight to the first airport of intended landing/touch-and-go;
  2. Fly from that airport to the chosen alternate airport; and
  3. Fly after that for 45 minutes at a normal cruising speed.

Item 2 above does not apply in some circumstances. Learn more by reading FAR 91.167(b).

Luca Caviness is an editor for the IFATC Education Group and an IFATC Supervisor. He is also a real-world student pilot.