FIRST G950 COMMANDERS DELIVERED TO OWNERS
The first two Twin Commanders retrofitted with the Garmin G950 cockpit have been delivered to owners. Eagle Creek Aviation Services, which holds the supplemental type certificate for the G950 retrofit on Twin Commanders, recently completed and delivered a Dash 10-powered Commander 900 and a refurbished Commander 1000.
The G950 Commander all-electronic panel is similar to the Garmin 1000 with the exception of an S-TEC 2100 Digital Flight Control System in place of a Garmin autopilot. It features many upgrades including MFD-displayed Crew Alerting System messages that replace the annunciator panel, digital engine and system instrumentation, integrated hour meter and automatic cycle counter, and optional Garmin GRA-5500 Radar Altimeter, GTS-850 Traffic system, GWX-70 Weather Radar, and RVSM certification.
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COMMANDER OWNERS SEE THEIR WAY TO NEW WINDSHIELDS
Twin Commander Aircraft's summer sale on new replacements for crazed, scratched, cloudy, or otherwise vision-obscuring windshields is going quite well. Several Twin Commander owners have already taken advantage of the $5,500 instant rebate on the price of a new cockpit windshield. The special promotion is for Twin Commander windshield part numbers 360043-13SS and 360043-14SS.
Eligibility for the instant rebate requires a logbook entry showing installation of the windshield(s) within 30 days of a July or August 2014 order date. The purchaser must complete a Windshield Rebate form verifying acceptance of rebate terms. The form is available from and returned to the service center where the windshield was purchased.
Replacement windshields are warrantied for two years from date of manufacture or 18 months from install, providing the windshield is installed 30 days from date of purchase from Twin Commander Aircraft. However, new windshields installed by a Twin Commander Factory Authorized Service Center are eligible for a pro rata warranty for up to 36 months.
Don't miss out on this excellent rebate opportunity. See your way to a Twin Commander Service Center for more information.
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TCU HEADS TO SOUTHERN BELLE OF A CITY
Savannah, Georgia, the site of the next Twin Commander University, is an interesting place—it's the first city in Georgia, founded in 1733 by James Edward Oglethorpe. A meticulous planner, Oglethorpe carefully designed a series of wards, each comprised of eight blocks occupied by large residences; four smaller blocks of civic and commercial structures; and in the center of each ward, a leafy square. Today these wards, with their stately buildings and beautiful squares, are the signature feature of this fascinating Southern belle of a city.
Along with his farsighted planning, Oglethorpe dictated four principles to guide Savannah's society, propriety, and prosperity: no hard liquor, no slavery, no lawyers, and no Catholics. Twin Commander is working hard to have three of the four restrictions temporarily lifted for the University...
The Twin Commander University takes place in the spring of 2015 when the city is especially beautiful as the many parks and private gardens burst with colorful flowering plants. We'll keep you posted on the specific dates and hotel, but in the meantime enjoy researching the history and attractions of a truly unique Southern city.
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COMMANDER PILOT AIMS TO HELP THE HEROES
Wayne Pliss, a long-time Renaissance Commander pilot for the San Bernardino, California, Sheriff's Department, has embarked on an ambitious new project –– flying aircraft in support of "our heroes who touch our hearts every day."
Pliss has been instrumental in organizing the Heroes' Wings Foundation (www.heroeswings.org) to provide air transportation to those in need. The organization's mission is to "serve and support veterans and their families, cancer patients and their families, firefighters, police officers and other first responders that serve our public need. We consider it an honor and a privilege to provide this service for our Heroes."
Heroes' Wings recently was granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status by the IRS, allowing it to accept donations from individuals and companies. One major contribution has already been recorded –– exclusive use of a Rockwell Sabre 65. Pliss is seeking at least one other aircraft that would be more efficient on shorter flights. Not surprisingly, his preference is for a Commander.
"My dream is for a Twin Commander owner who has decided to hang up his wings and would love to see their airplane do some good donate the aircraft to the Heroes Wings Foundation," Pliss says, adding "I believe in Twin Commanders."
Pliss is preparing to embark on a tour to raise funds toward the estimated $2.38 million annual budget. "We still have a long way to go, but so far so one has said no," he commented.
For the full story on Heroes' Wings Foundation, see the upcoming Twin Commander Flight Levels magazine at www.flightlevelsonline.com.
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