Gulfstream Flight-data Monitoring Is Enhancing Safety

 - May 14, 2010, 12:01 PM

Gulfstream today said its flight-data monitoring/flight operational quality assurance program “is already making a difference in safety to operators.” Introduced last year, the aircraft manufacturer’s flight operations risk management service (Forms) increases operational safety by measuring exposure to known risks, such as unstable approaches, system operating limits and adverse runway operations. At present, 44 Gulfstream aircraft are enrolled in the service. “With Forms, there’s no guesswork, just a quantifiable assessment of the crew’s performance and the potential for risks,” said Gulfstream vice president of flight operations Randy Gaston. “We can then use that information to create real-world training that mitigates those risks.” FlightSafety International is working with Gulfstream on this initiative and will incorporate feedback from Forms in training sessions. Forms includes two components: a quick-access recorder to collect data and a monitoring service to analyze it. The system records when defined takeoff, climb, cruise, descent, approach and landing parameters have been exceeded. It then identifies and analyzes the conditions present during the event and provides a summary to the operator and consolidated fleet data to Gulfstream. Forms is currently available for all in-production large-cabin Gulfstreams; installations are under development for the G150, G200, GIV and GV.