Gulfstream Reminds Operators To Check Flight Control ‘Integrity and Freedom’ Before Takeoff

 - June 17, 2014, 2:50 PM

In the wake of the May 31 GIV accident near Boston, Gulfstream issued a maintenance and operations letter on Friday to all Gulfstream operators to “remind flight crews of the importance of adhering to flight procedures published in applicable Airplane Flight Manuals (AFM) to confirm flight control integrity and freedom of motion.” It added that crews should perform the following as set forth in the applicable AFM procedures: ensure the gust lock is off before starting engines (not applicable for G650); check flight controls for freedom and correct movement before taxi/takeoff; and confirm the elevators are free during the takeoff roll.