Faced with a continuing trend of ground-handling incidents during transient aircraft operations, Gulfstream and FlightSafety International have jointly created a new program to instruct FBOs on the best practices developed by the Savannah-based airframer to minimize the potential for accidental harm to aircraft. “Incorrect ground-handling procedures continue to cause significant aircraft damage and schedule delays, which impact our customers and the dispatch availability of the Gulfstream fleet,” said Mark Burns, Gulfstream’s president of product support.
For the remainder of the year, a free preview of FlightSafety’s Gulfstream G350/G450/G500/G550 ground- handling and servicing e-learning course is available to FBO managers. The course reviews all aspects of handling and servicing, from the aircraft’s arrival to its departure, and covers activities such as parking, fueling, towing and lavatory servicing, as well as ice and snow removal.
Jet Aviation’s Bedford, Mass. and Teterboro, N.J. facilities were the launch FBOs for the program, which will expand to other Jet Aviation locations this month. Gulfstream said FBOs that choose to participate in the program will be highlighted in its customer publications.