NBAA CONVENTION DRAWS ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD
The world’s largest business aviation trade show –– the National Business Aviation Association’s Annual Convention and Exhibition –– played to a large and enthusiastic crowd in Las Vegas last October.
The three-day show drew 25,425 attendees, according to NBAA, with all 50 U.S. states and more than 90 countries represented.
Representatives from Twin Commander Aircraft staffed a booth –– one of 1,100 at the Las Vegas Convention Center –– along with authorized Service Centers Aero Air, Eagle Creek Aviation Services, Legacy Aviation Services, and Naples Jet Center.
Twin Commander Authorized Service Centers Executive Aircraft Maintenance, National Flight, and Valair also were at the NBAA Convention with their own booths.
The exciting new Commander 1000 equipped with the Garmin 1000 panel that is being developed by Eagle Creek Aviation Services is in the final stages of certification, and Eagle Creek elected not to interrupt the certification effort by bringing it to NBAA for display. Eagle Creek first showed the Garmin 1000 Commander at NBAA’s 2012 Convention, and again at the 2013 Twin Commander University in Scottsdale. The first two customer aircraft are undergoing the upgrade now at Eagle Creek.
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NEW FLIGHT LEVELS OUT TO SUBSCRIBERS
The very last Commander to come off the production line in Bethany, Oklahoma, is now in the hands of former King Air 90 owner and pilot Mark Dziuban, who is savoring the performance and capability of his new ride.
“I’ve been loving flying the airplane,” Dziuban says of his 695B Model 1000. “I seriously believe I’m flying the best airplane in the sky right now.” The story of how Dziuban came to choose a Commander, and in particular the last one built, is the lead story in the latest Twin Commander Flight Levels magazine, which has been published and distributed to subscribers and authorized service centers. The issue also appears online at www.flightlevelsonline.com.
The 24-page issue –– the largest in years –– also features an extensive profile of Aero Air, the long-time authorized Twin Commander service center in Hillsboro, Oregon. Aero Air’s young president, Kevin McCullough, is the subject of the issue’s “Commanding Presence” profile.
News reports in the issue include a revision to Service Bulletin 241 that allows some operators to continue flying before completing the full inspection, and coverage of Twin Commander Flight Group’s conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In his “From the Factory” column, Twin Commander Aircraft President Matt Isley reflects on the positive aspects of the term “legacy aircraft.” SimCom Twin Commander instructor Stephen Quick devotes his “Control Column” to the Supplementary NTS check and why it is important to perform it.
And, Honeywell TPE331 pilot advisor Helmuth Eggeling explains how the process of counting cycles has changed to account for operations in which numerous takeoffs and landings are conducted without engine shutdown and startup between each landing and takeoff.
If you do not currently receive the printed version of Flight Levels, you can subscribe for free by going to www.twincommander.com and signing up. Flight Levels is published four times a year; two are printed and distributed, while all four appear online.
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SOUND OFF: WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE 2015 UNIVERSITY?
The cable news channels started talking about the 2016 presidential election before the last ballot in the 2012 election was counted, so we don’t think it is too early to talk about the 2015 Twin Commander University. Specifically, where it should take place.
In its 20-plus-year existence, the University has been held at a number of great venues –– Vail, Oklahoma City, Oshkosh, Ft. Lauderdale, Naples, and Scottsdale (several times).
Twin Commander Aircraft is open to looking at new destinations, as well as returning to old favorites, and would like to hear your suggestions. We’ll do this in two phases. This month we’ll look at various regions in the country that could host the next University. Based on the results of this month’s survey, next month we’ll ask about specific destinations in a particular region.
But first things first. Where in the world –– okay, where in the United States –– would you like the 2015 Twin Commander University to be held? Pick your favored region from the following:
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SOUND OFF RESULTS: SHOW-GOING
In the last Twin Commander eLetter, we asked which of four major annual aviation trade shows you like to frequent.
Of those who responded to the survey, just over half said they enjoy the annual spring Sun ‘n Fun fly-in in Lakeland, Florida, while an even half said they like the annual fall NBAA Convention and Exposition (see story above). Here are the complete results from the poll (respondents could choose more than one show):
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