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NBAA 2014

NBAA 2014 Business aviation is back! That seemed to be the upbeat takeaway from the 2014 National Business Aviation Association's Annual Convention and Exhibition held last October in Orlando. NBAA declared the convention "an enormous success, filled with announcements and product introductions." Twin Commander Aircraft, along with Authorized Service Centers Eagle Creek Aviation Services, Naples Jet Center, and Aero Air, were among the 1,100 exhibitors in the sprawling Orange County Convention Center. The booth showcased the new Garmin 950 Commander; the various upgrade kits to improve the functionality, reliability, and comfort of Twin Commanders; and the capabilities of the authorized service centers.

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CK50 Twin Commander Aircraft is getting in the spirit of the holiday season by offering a good deal on a popular cockpit upgrade. Custom Kit (CK) 50 is a replacement kit for the flexible boots that fit around the bases of the rudder pedal and brake valve horns and the control column pedestals. CK184 contains an aluminum replacement for the factory-installed epoxy plug on each rudder pedal/brake valve horn. The base of each flexible boot is secured to the floorboard while the top is clamped to the plug.

Together, the replacement boots and plugs do an effective job of preventing pressurized cabin air from escaping through gaps around the rudder pedal and brake valve horns and control column pedestals. (Note: a complete aircraft install is comprised of one CK50 kit and four CK184 kits. The kits apply to Twin Commander 680, 685, 690, and 690A/B/C models. Later models are pressurized to the hull.)

And here's the holiday deal that will lower your cabin altitude, and your cost: Purchase a complete CK50 boot kit before the end of 2014 and you will receive one CK184 kit at no additional charge. That's a more-than-$400 value worthy of the season that you don't want to miss!

For more information about the CK50/CK184 offer, check with your authorized Twin Commander Service Center.

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Propulsion International and Honeywell have joined forces to offer Twin Commander operators an affordable long-term engine service program. The TPE331 Group Maintenance Plan (GMP) guarantees hassle-free, high-quality service at a Honeywell Authorized Service Center of your choosing. It's an attractive alternative to the high cost and uncertain time and material issues associated with traditional maintenance service plans.

GMP also provides the security of knowing that the maintenance reserves you pay into the program are held by Honeywell. GMP enrollment is tailored to your specific needs and can occur at any time with a choice of payment methods.

With GMP your engines may be eligible for a hot-section extension to 3500 hours and TBO extension to 7000 hours, providing even more value and cost benefits. The extensions require a letter from Honeywell and approval from your local FSDO.

If the prospect of controlling your engine maintenance costs, lowering the financial risk of unscheduled events, and boosting the value of your Twin Commander sounds appealing, you should look into the Propulsion International/Honeywell GMP. For more information visit

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Low country boil The biennial Twin Commander University traditionally kicks off with a poolside Welcome Reception at the University hotel. The University is in Savannah, Georgia April 23-25, 2015. On Friday evening we'll board a cruise boat for a trip down the Savannah River to historic Ft. Jackson, where we'll disembark to enjoy a traditional lowcountry boil — a delicious one-pot meal of shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes.

The 2015 University takes place at the Hilton Savannah Desoto hotel in the heart of the Savannah historic district. To reserve your room go to and at the top of the page enter the dates you would like to stay and select "Book." Once the booking page appears, enter the group code "TCA" to get the preferred discounted rate for the University. Book your accommodations before March 31, 2015 to get the discounted University rate.

We'll be providing more details about the University "curriculum" and extra-curricular activities, as well as information about registering to attend. For now, secure your room at the Desoto Hilton and get ready for a lowcountry boil.

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FLU When Neal Rosoff, who learned to fly in a Garmin 1000-equipped SR22 Cirrus, went looking for a twin-engine turboprop to replace his Garmin 1000-equipped Piper Meridian, he eventually ended up buying a Garmin 950-equipped Commander 900. Read about Rosoff's journey to the new Garmin Commander, and a flight report on the Garmin upgrade, in the latest issue of Twin Commander's Flight Levels magazine.

The issue also takes a look at high-altitude physiology and Twin Commander pressurization systems, as well as medical issues of concern to single-pilot operators.

The popular From the Factory, Business Flying and Taxes, and Adventure Travel columns populate the issue along with Commander Tips and Market Watch.

This issue of Flight Levels has been mailed to subscribers and shipped to authorized Twin Commander Service Centers. If you do not currently receive Flight Levels you can sign up for a no-cost subscription at All Flight Levels issues are also available online at

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Phillips 66 Planning to fly to, or even over, the Oklahoma City area? Be sure to stop by Legacy Aviation Services at KRCE, Clarence E. Page Airport in Yukon just west of Oklahoma City. Legacy, an authorized Twin Commander Service Center, recently acquired Mid-Continent Airmotive and with it the only fueling provider at the airport. Legacy now offers Phillips 66 Jet A and avgas at competitive prices. Fuel is available 24 hours a day. To plan your stop, call Legacy at 405-350-2100.

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Social media Do you have Followers? Do you Like a lot of things? Do your friends know instantly where you dine and if you are enjoying the experience? In other words, do you use social media to find out what's going on this very moment and let others know what you are thinking and doing this very moment?

Social media is the subject of this month's poll. Please take a moment to answer a few questions about your use of social media. The response will help Twin Commander determine its future in social media. We pledge not to post any of the responses to the poll on social media!


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