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TWIN COMMANDER PERFORMANCE

There is No Equal



JETPROP COMMANDER VS. COMPETING AIRCRAFT

The Twin Commander continues to be a highly competitive aircraft when compared to other legacy, general aviation turboprops as well as currently manufactured turboprops by general aviation companies such as Cessna, Pilatus, Raytheon Beechcraft and Piper. When compared to major competing aircraft in its segment on numerous factors such as cabin volume, cruising speed, range, cruising altitude and climbing ability, the JetProp Twin Commanders have the highest overall average rankings of the group, exemplifying the well rounded nature of the aircraft.

Turboprop Comparison Statistics


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Turboprop Comparison Statistics



The Twin Commander excels in the area of cabin volume where the model 1000 and 900 hold the highest rankings of the group for total cubic feet of interior volume per passenger. The large cabin volume of the Twin Commander allows for an efficient and comfortable cabin layout that includes a high ceiling, large passenger compartment access door, forward seating that faces the rear of the plane for in flight passenger interaction, and a large picture window in certain models that offers passengers an outward view that is unprecedented in its class.



Turboprop Comparison Ranking


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Turboprop Comparison Ranking



The Twin Commander excels in the area of fuel economy. When compared to the competing turboprops in the above grouping, the Twin Commander models 1000, 980 and 840 are the most fuel efficient aircraft regarding long range cruise. On average, operators of these competing aircraft will have 36.0% fuel savings with the three models of Twin Commander JetProp aircraft. The model 1000 is the most fuel efficient of the Twin Commander JetProps and uses only 1.5 lbs. of fuel per nautical mile for long range cruise or a rate of approximately 75 gallons per flight hour. With fuel capacity of 482 gallons for the Model 1000 and 432 gallons for the models 980 and 840, all three Twin Commander JetProps are capable of flight times over five hours. Behind only the New Piper Meridian, which is a smaller single engine turboprop with less seating, the Twin Commander is also the most fuel efficient aircraft at high speed cruise.

The fuel efficiency of the aircraft is exceptional considering that it is a twin engine aircraft. Excluding the New Piper Meridian, the Twin Commanders are more fuel efficient than all other planes in the group, including single engine aircraft such as the Pilatus PC12 and EADS Socata TBM 700C2. The Twin Commander has the fuel efficiency of a single engine plane with the safety, redundancy, climbing ability and power of a twin engine aircraft.

The high fuel efficiency of the Twin Commander allows the three JetProp aircraft models to have the longest range of the group with an average maximum range of 1,860 nautical miles. This average range is 16.0% greater than the next closest aircraft, the Pilatus PC12 at 1,604 nautical miles. The Twin Commander model 1000 is the highest at 2,080 nautical miles and is the only aircraft in the group to break the 2,000 nautical mile range barrier. While other planes in the group are suitable for short trips and regional flights, the Twin Commanders are capable of handling these duties as well as cross country and trans-oceanic flights. Increased range significantly lowers total trip time and aircraft stress. Other planes in the group may need to refuel on long flights, adding ground time and the stress of additional landing and takeoff cycles. The Twin Commander can fly point to point non-stop.