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Buying A Twin Commander / Re: New 695A Owner
« Last post by seanmcgillivray on July 02, 2022, 01:38:18 am »
Not yet on the Garmin EIS. Gonna push at OSH.
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Twin Commander Piston / Re: Turbos...yes or no?
« Last post by kent4142 on July 01, 2022, 08:38:13 pm »
There is no question yes for turbos - anywhere out west.  You not only live at a high altitude home field.  Any where west, north or east have mountains.  Not to mention the need to climb for weather.

All that to say it is easy to spend other people's money - but IMHO turbos are not that expensive, for a big improvement in safety and performance.
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Twin Commander Piston / Re: Bruce's 500B interior remodel
« Last post by kent4142 on July 01, 2022, 08:34:50 pm »
Just Curious Bruce,

The Panel on your Shrike, why did you have the guy in Arizona do it?  What paint scheme will you use on the Shrike?

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Buying A Twin Commander / Re: New 695A Owner
« Last post by donv on July 01, 2022, 05:14:02 pm »
I believe you can keep just the engine display, because I know someone who did.

Is the Garmin engine instrument display certified on the Commander yet?
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Buying A Twin Commander / Re: New 695A Owner
« Last post by seanmcgillivray on June 30, 2022, 11:31:31 pm »
Adam,

Per the MX Manual you climb to 5500, dirty the airplane (gear and full flaps) and slow to 95 kits. You are timing the descent to to 4500 while noting any adverse yaw or NTS pulsing.

Given I have MT props the timing doesn’t work, but the descent rate should be around 1500 fpm.
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Commander Travels / Re: 500B in the wild
« Last post by Adam Frisch on June 30, 2022, 11:24:42 am »
Great videos!

Have you seen the old clips of Dave Phifer's Merlyn-modded 500B landing at his private strip in WA state? They're pretty impressive.

Anecdotally, I do think the 520 and the 560F are considered the TC's with the shortest T/O of the bunch . The 680F and 560F are identical, but the different engine and the lower MGTOW of the 560F makes it a real short field performer, from what I heard. But I think a Merlyn-powered 500B probably has a 560F beat.
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Buying A Twin Commander / Re: New 695A Owner
« Last post by Adam Frisch on June 30, 2022, 11:10:21 am »
Sean - can you share the Flight Idle parameters for the -10's?
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Buying A Twin Commander / Re: New 695A Owner
« Last post by seanmcgillivray on June 30, 2022, 09:18:48 am »
Forgot to post here.

Airplane completed its 150 and major panel upgrade and I made the first post mx flight on 6/20. This was the first time I had flown the TC in 7 months and 1 day. Minus the GCU issue (covered in another thread) my squawk list was pretty short.

I have a slight seep on the back of the left engine prop governor. Lots of time left on mine does anyone have a recommendation of a place for reseal?

My biggest concern was setting flight idle as I had never done it before. The engines are spot on with no yaw and a solid 1500 fpm descent.

I am hoping Tuesday or Wednesday I get some more stick time.
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Electrical / Re: Generator Help Needed
« Last post by seanmcgillivray on June 30, 2022, 09:14:35 am »
Saga continues. Popped in the new GCU and it was DOA out of the box. Overhauled unit tagged 12/21.

Have that going back and a replacement for 10 AM delivery today. Will keep you posted.
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Commander Travels / Re: 500B in the wild
« Last post by Badger on June 29, 2022, 01:04:56 pm »
Great stories, Jim.  Looks like a bunch of fun flying in your 500B.  You have got me very envious here.  Have fun and if you ever get over toward East Texas, stop into College Station and say hello!

Ed
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