GV / G550 Operators: Upcoming Task Awareness Notice

GV / G550 Operators
GV / G550 Operators

GV and G550 operators should be aware that when their 24-month Elevator Drive Rod Lubrication CMP 273019 Task becomes due that it should be planned for in conjunction with a larger inspection or other maintenance event.   

This is due to the extensive tail section accessing necessary to complete the task.  Also, operators can minimize down time and potentially reduce or offset costs by planning ahead.  The Gulfstream specialists at West Star Aviation recommend scheduling this task in conjunction with a larger, major airframe inspection.  The Elevator Drive Rod Lubrication comes due at 24-months and is recurrent at the 96 Month Inspection intervals.

West Star also notes If your aircraft is also scheduled for full paint during the large maintenance inspection, keep in mind to accomplish this task prior to paint as not to have to open the access panels on a new paint job.

For more information on the 24-Month Elevator Drive Rod Lubrication or any other Gulfstream maintenance issue, please contact any of the Gulfstream specialists below. 

Gary Freeman

Gary Freeman

Technical Sales Manager

Gulfstream & Learjet

Michael Zeris

Michael Zeris

Technical Sales Manager

Larry Marler

Larry Marler

Technical Sales Manager

Jeff Messmer

Jeff Messmer

Technical Sales Manager

Eric Valdes

Eric Valdes

Program Director Gulfstream & Accessories

Michael Ditmeyer

Mike Ditmeyer

Program Manager, Gulfstream

Connor Mottice

Connor Mottice

Technical Sales Manager

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  • Working in Aviation requires a commit to being drug-free.  Pre-employment drug testing along with random and reasonable suspicion testing is required for all companies employing people working in safety sensitive positions. The position you are considering applying for is safety sensitive.  If hired, you must pass a DOT drug test to start working, if you fail the job offer is rescinded.  If you pass, you must remain drug-free during employment, failing a random or reasonable suspicion test may result in termination of employment.  Please note: marijuana is legal in certain states however the FAA follows Federal law where marijuana is illegal.  This means testing positive for marijuana, or any other illegal drug, will prevent you from working in Aviation. 
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  • Testing for the FAA license at the conclusion of WSAA is required, along with passing.  Two opportunities to test will be provided, if needed.  Employment may terminate if the FAA license is not obtained.
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