DABICO's engineering and systems integration expertise has seen the Group lead the development of aviation ground fuelling solutions for military and civil applications for many years.

DABICO has been at the forefront of providing aviation fuel hydrant system solutions since the first fuel hydrant systems were developed in the early 1960's. DABICO fuel hydrant pit solutions enable refuelling via an underground fuel hydrant pipeline. All major airports have adopted the fuel hydrant system, reducing airport congestion, and improving safety.

DABICO E3 Fuelling illustrates our wide fuelling portfolio engineered and manufactured based on the highest industry standards (API, TüV, STS-M, EI, UFC, UFGS).

Our fuel hydrant pits are in compliance with all necessary JIG standards, including JIG Bulletin 90.

Fuel Hydrants

DABICO Commercial fuel hydrant pit assemblies house hydrant valves, which are provided with on/off or pressure/flow control when in operation. Available as a one or two-piece (environmental) design with bottom or side entry pipe-work, pits are manufactured in either high-grade fibreglass GRP or fabricated steel, which is internally/externally coated.

All DABICO fuel hydrant pits comply with all necessary EI specifications and JIG standards, including JIG Bulletin 90.

High Point Vent/Low Point Drain Pit Assembly

DABICO pit assemblies are an important part of the overall integral operational, functional and safety of the airport fuel hydrant system.

The low point drain pit assembly is designed to remove any non-fuel fluids and other contaminants from the fuel pipeline.

The high point vent pit assembly is designed to relieve air pockets from the fuel pipeline, thereby preventing build-up of gases in the system and any related problems.


DABICO Pantographs are compatible with both military and commercial aircraft, and perform fuselage and under-wing refuelling operations. DABICO manufactures an extensive range of pantograph systems, which can service all types of military aircraft, whether parked at apron positions, in hangars, or in shelters. All pantograph-types can be operated by just one person.

The innovative design eliminates the need for hoses, and it allows refuelling with engines running and hot brakes (“hot refuelling”).

Isolation Valve Chambers

Totally prefabricated and provided with aircraft load rated - 900kN - one hand lift access covers. The pits are sand-proof, dust-proof and waterproof, compatible with both military and commercial fuel systems.

Their unique cover design allows the cover to be opened by one person with a one hand lift without the need for any electric, hydraulic or external mechanical lifting equipment.

Cathodic Protection Systems

Current industry standards mandate that aviation fuel hydrant systems should be provided with Cathodic Protection systems to prevent pipeline corrosion. DABICO has a long experience of providing inground test stations to monitor cathodic protection systems or to provide access to buried anodes. Available with a variety of cover options to suit customer requirements pits can be custom designed to suit on-site conditions.

Emergency Stop Systems

The emergency stop system is an essential safety system installed at airports with underground aviation fuel hydrant systems and enables the hydrant system to be depressurised in the event of an emergency. DABICO manufactures a variety of different emergency stop system components (call point posts, cable draw pits, manhole covers etc.) to suit customer and project requirements.