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General Discussion / Re: Pennsylvania College of Technology 1968 680W 1818-32
« Last post by donv on November 16, 2017, 11:35:44 pm »
Looks very sharp!
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Twin Commander Turbine / Re: Ipad mounting
« Last post by donv on November 16, 2017, 11:34:28 pm »
Kent-- very nice! I see you have the big optional ADI/HSI, which is a nice setup. I agonized a bit about replacing mine with the G600, but ended up doing it-- not an easy choice, though.

It's funny you mentioned not using the yoke buttons. I use the ident button almost every flight! And the light sometimes, as well.
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Twin Commander Turbine / Re: Refreshment centers the same?
« Last post by donv on November 16, 2017, 11:29:07 pm »
Well, it's not what it came from the factory with, it's Jim Lindsey's interior circa 2000. It's a little bit different but I really like it. Although, I recently asked my wife what she thought, and she was thinking it might be nice to go back to all leather if we repaint... so who knows.

I like it, but then I rarely sit back there!
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Updated spec below.  I keep adding more equipment including a slaved HSI, a full color engine monitor with fuel flow, etc. The shop is finishing the instrument panel now along with an expert Commander annual.  This amounts to a free plane if just the new panel and engine value are considered. Then you have the recently overhauled compact props.  Those are $45,000 last I checked. I still see some 500's flying with square tip props, but the 500 hour AD is extremely expensive in my experience.

I'd put the airframe next to any plane with 4,000 hours.  I couldn't find a smoking rivet on the structure. It's amazing, but it is a Commander after all. It also has full zinc chromate.

Aero Commander 500B
N1176Z S/N: 500B-1549-196

EXTERIOR:  Matterhorn White Base with Light, Medium, and Dark Grey Trim

INTERIOR:  7 Place Medium Gray Leather Seating 

AVIONICS / EQUIPMENT:
Garmin GTN 750 WAAS GPS/NAV/COM
Garmin GNS 430 WAAS GPS/NAV/COM
Garmin GTX 345 ADS-B IN/OUT Bluetooth Transponder
Garmin GMA 340R Audio Panel
Garmin GTX 345R ADS-B Transponder with Bluetooth
Garmin GI106A CDI
NSD 360 HSI Slaved
S-Tec 60-2 Autopilot with GPS roll steering
Hardwired Garmin 796 XM Weather
Digital OAT
406 MHZ ELT
Co-pilot Altimeter with ipad synthetic vision via Garmin AHRS
Shrike Vertical Cap
JPI Color 790 CHT and EGT Fuel Flow and Oil Temp Monitor
EI Digital Tachometers
4 USB charging ports, 2 Cigarette lighter power receptacles
70 Amp Alternators
Frameless vent pilot and co-pilot windows
Wingtip Strobes
Hangared
7 seats
Cleveland Brakes
Heavy Strut Seals
6,750 Gross Weight, Approximately 2,000 LB Useful load

ENGINE / AIRFRAME SPECS AND INSPECTION STATUS:
        Airframe:      11,900 Hours Since New
   Engines:      Only 220/280 Since Major Overhaul IO-540-E1A5
                 290 HP 1,600 TBO
   Propellers:      25 SMOH
   
Spar Inspection AD 94-04-14 Does Not Apply

With great dry country history, low time engines and propellers, late serial number, complete new instrument panel, and fresh annual, N1176Z is the best value in a Commander 500
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Twin Commander Turbine / Re: Ipad mounting
« Last post by Bruce Byerly on November 16, 2017, 10:20:36 pm »
Okay,

Durring training Bill and I stopped at "Sporty's" in Batavia Ohio.   That was fun!  I was able to take stuff out to the airplane and see if it fit etc.  So I basically bought the Beechcraft mounting and adapted a larger hose clamp.  See pictures attached.

I don't use the buttons on the yoke really, and I have the iPad where I like it.

Done.

As a side note - that is the most fun airplane I have ever flown!  = : - )

Thumbs WAY up!!
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Twin Commander Turbine / Re: Ipad mounting
« Last post by Bruce Byerly on November 16, 2017, 10:18:34 pm »
Guys I?d love to see the autopilot but there is the little issue called an STC.  It takes quite a bit of work, money, time, and wear and tear on test planes. I went through it with Meggitt and Stec and, frankly, still never got smoothness of the original Collins analog technology despite repeated trips to Mineral Wells for programming modifications. It was extremely frustrating. But at least it was expensive!  A new AP would require separate tests for each model configuration. And don?t get me wrong, the 2100 has some cool things to offer.  My point is, a new AP certification is a huge project. I?m not sure if there?s any new technology that can shortcut the STC program.

But of course it would be nice.  If we had an order for about 25 of them upfront, we might get some traction. Group buy?  Who?s in?!

No prist needed and it doesn?t kill algae either so no sense paying for it.
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Twin Commander Turbine / Re: Unsure
« Last post by Bruce Byerly on November 16, 2017, 09:45:52 pm »
I show x3 980's stolen through the years:
Fun trying to guess Don!

695-95029 Jetprop 980         N9782S - N700MM - N600MM - stolen 16Dec87 Vero Beach, FL, USA; never recovered

695-95048 Jetprop 980         N9800S - N980DT - [stolen 11Dec88 Lebanon, MO, USA; never recovered; canx 02Apr98]

695-95067 Jetprop 980         N9819S - YV-407CP [stolen 13Jan87 Caracas-Oscar Machado Zuloaga International, Venezuela; possibly since seized by Colombian AF

980DT - I remember that one. Detroit Tool.  Nice people. They had a 690B that used to belong to Collins and was a equipped with APS 65 and Efis. I thought I was in tall cotton flying that thing.  Then I think they sold out and the new owner ran it into the ground. The plane sat for a few years and I went down, dusted it off, a flew it out without much trouble.  I sold the plane but can?t recall where it ended up.
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Twin Commander Turbine / Re: Ipad mounting
« Last post by kent4142 on November 16, 2017, 08:38:49 pm »
Okay,

Durring training Bill and I stopped at "Sporty's" in Batavia Ohio.   That was fun!  I was able to take stuff out to the airplane and see if it fit etc.  So I basically bought the Beechcraft mounting and adapted a larger hose clamp.  See pictures attached.

I don't use the buttons on the yoke really, and I have the iPad where I like it.

Done.

As a side note - that is the most fun airplane I have ever flown!  = : - )
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General Discussion / Re: Pennsylvania College of Technology 1968 680W 1818-32
« Last post by dcronin37 on November 16, 2017, 04:41:41 pm »
Finally got around to painting, enjoy!


Some proseal touch up until I am completely finished.












Primer:





















I am pretty happy with the results, the next is the interior and instrument panel.
Thanks!
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Twin Commander Turbine / Re: Refreshment centers the same?
« Last post by JMA on November 16, 2017, 04:33:26 pm »
Don- on the seats is that the original styling?
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