FAA Issues Alert on Citation Trim Concerns

 - February 17, 2014, 1:45 PM

The FAA released a safety alert for operators (Safo) last week for the Cessna Citation 500 reminding pilots to observe the Citation’s operating limitations by ensuring aileron trim is properly set before takeoff. The Safo also highlights the need to avoid excessive use of trim in flight. A Citation 500 operated under Part 135 rules crashed in 2007 shortly after takeoff, killing the two pilots and four passengers. The accident investigation revealed that misuse of aileron trim caused the pilot to lose control of the aircraft.