Squawk Box

June 2002 Issue

Locked, Not Down

Effort continues to get Beech pilots to check for gust locks

The following information is derived from the FAA’s Service Difficulty Reports and Aviation Maintenance Alerts.


The FAA has issued a special airworthiness information bulletin in a continuing attempt to get owners of Beech prop airplanes to use proper gust lock procedures.

Numerous incidents and accidents have resulted from the failure of a pilot to remove the flight control gust lock prior to attempting to take off. Many involved the use of a makeshift gust lock, including such things as a common bolt or nail inserted through the holes in the control column provided by the manufacturer.

Obviously, this tactic did not provide the pilot with any kind of reminder that a gust...

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