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2013 Twin Commander University Attracts Strong Participation

The 2013 Twin Commander University, held in late April in Scottsdale, Arizona, attracted strong participation by Twin Commander owners, operators, and representatives from Twin Commander Aircraft and its authorized Service Centers.

More than 120 people attended the three-day conference, which featured more than a dozen educational and informational seminars, two special presentations, and a gala dinner.

“The University was exceptional,” commented Twin Commander Aircraft President Matt Isley. “We had lots of first-time attendees among owners and operators, the program was strong, and based on comments and our end-of-conference survey it was well worth everyone’s time and expense.”

In addition to Erik Eliel’s six-hour airborne weather radar course and Helmuth Eggeling’s four-hour “Flying the Engine” presentation on operating the TPE331, the University seminar series featured presentations on topics ranging from aeromedical issues, ADS-B, and cockpit familiarization for right-seat companions to deciphering the latest IRS rulings affecting aircraft owners and operators.

Twin Commander Aircraft Engineering Manager Levan Tabidze reported that his small department has undertaken and completed 280 “engineering actions” over the last two years. These include developing 11 new or modified custom kits, 22 improved process specifications, 236 new or revised engineering drawings, and 6 new service letters. “Our engineering group has been very active and has greatly enhanced our ability to serve the fleet,” commented Isley.

The 2013 University class celebrated with a banquet at the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa. Joining the beautifully restored airworthy warbirds on display was a Twin Commander 1000 that has been fitted with a Garmin G1000 G950) panel and S-TEC 2100 Digital Flight Control System. Eagle Creek Aviation Services in Indianapolis, an authorized Twin Commander service center, is seeking FAA Supplemental Type Certification of the panel modification. It will be the first use of an electronic engine and instrument display on a Honeywell 331-powered aircraft.

“The University is a central component in our support of the worldwide fleet,” Isley said. “We work hard to ensure that owners and operators are backed by factory-provided engineering, technical resources, and parts, and that they can obtain inspections, maintenance, modifications and upgrades for their aircraft at factory authorized service centers. The University is the third leg of the support stool, specifically focused on helping owners and operators fly their aircraft safely and efficiently.”

The next Twin Commander University will be held in the spring of 2015, at a location still to be determined.