The following is a series of raw conversations regarding TCFG members' thoughts/experience with using gust locks.
These conversations are sourced from the TCFG Chatlist in the early 2000's and are strictly the opinions of members at the time.
While I am sure the experiences discussed are still as relevant in 2015, it should be noted that some key members featured have since passed out of Commander ownership.
560E s/n 726
This recently happened to my Commander while waiting to be painted. The paint shop had moved her outside forgetting the gust lock and low and behold there was a gust. They replaced it at their expense thankfully.
It's cheap protection. Buy a controll/gust lock.
Mr. Crunkleton is spot-on in his comments about rudder locks. Those who have
trained with me know it's one of my kinks. NEVER leave your Commander with
the rudder unlocked, either with an internal or external gust lock.
Aero-Dyne, the accessory arm of Commander-Aero of Dayton, Ohio. http://www.commander-aero.com/
Aero-Dyne makes a very user freindly rudder gust lock. Not only is it
reasonably priced, but it's easy to use, which encourages it to be used.
. "When you leave the cabin, you should have
the gust lock in your hand. When you re-enter the cabin, you should have the
gust lock in your hand" Good nigh kids capt jimbob