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Eagle Creek’s Garmin G1000 Twin Commander Featured in Flight Levels

As featured in Twin Commander’s November eNewsletter

BATTING 1000 AT THE NBAA STATIC DISPLAYGarmin G1000 Twin Commander Panel

In addition to exhibiting on the NBAA convention floor in Orlando, Twin Commander Aircraft partnered with Eagle Creek Aviation Services to have a freshly completed Garmin 1000-equipped Commander 1000 prominently featured at the convention static display at Orlando Executive Airport.

In the weeks leading up to the convention Eagle Creek worked around the clock to remove all of the existing instrumentation and install and test the Garmin 1000 panel, and also to completely refurbish the airframe, systems, and interior. The completed airplane flew for the first time just days before the convention and then made the trip from Indianapolis to Orlando to appear in the airport static display. It was easy to pick it out from the dozens of large and small, new and used hardware on display–it was the one with the all-white exterior populated with stickers touting the new Garmin panel.

Eagle Creek, with support from Twin Commander Aircraft, is working on a supplemental type certification (STC) to retrofit 690A through 695B Twin Commander models with the Garmin G1000 panel and S-TEC IntelliFlight 2100 Digital Flight Control System. The new all-electronic Garmin panel will integrate all primary flight, navigation, communication, terrain, traffic, weather, and engine instrumentation systems (EIS) on a large 12.4-inch multifunction display (MFD) and two 10.4-inch primary flight displays (PFDs).

Reaction to the airplane at NBAA was even better than expected, according to Twin Commander Aircraft President Matt Isley. “We enjoyed a great deal of interest in this amazing airplane,” he commented. “The Garmin 1000 fundamentally transforms what had been a legacy cockpit into state of the art, with all of the capability, safety, and weight savings that a contemporary all-electronic panel provides.”

Plans call for the panel/autopilot retrofit package to be available for customer installation in the spring of 2013. Eagle Creek will own the STC, but is partnering with qualified Twin Commander Service Centers worldwide so customers can choose the installer.

For more on the Garmin 1000 retrofit for Twin Commanders, see the current issue of Flight Levels magazine at www.flightlevelsonline.com.