Both a funny and educational post by the Infinite Flight Community Forum legend, Maxmustang:
“MaxSez: The Controller has no dog in the Minimum Fuel fight! Facing a minimum fuel situation is a pilots dilemma. Stuff happens, BUT, minimum fuel stuff does not just happen it’s the product of poor pilot planning or avoidable consequences.
In preflight planning pilots must consider en-route weather, crowded airspace, long arrival holds, ground stops etc.
If or when you anticipate, recognize or have a low fuel state you must take action and not expect ATC to correct your current personal obvious PPPP!
A fuel stop en-route or diversion to an alternate terminus for fuel is the appropriate action!
Disruption at a termini based on poor planning in the real world has consequences, when flying
on IF you only appear the ”Fool”!
Learn this lesson well. Only a foolish, nugget Pilot runs out of Gas!
Here’s what the book sez;
FAA AIM Sez; MINIMUM FUEL: Indicates that an aircraft’s fuel supply has reached a state where, upon reaching the destination, it can accept little or no delay. This is not an emergency situation but merely indicates an emergency situation is possible should any undue delay occur.