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General Discussion / Re: Photos Taken While Flying
« Last post by donv on Today at 11:42:50 pm »
Nice to have some paint on the inside of the winglet! My old paint job was just white, but I prefer this...

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General Discussion / Re: So much spam - need help.
« Last post by donv on Today at 11:35:38 pm »
So I haven't noticed any new users needing approval. Did your extra question do the trick, or did the spammers give up on us?
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Buying A Twin Commander / Re: Pricing
« Last post by donv on Today at 11:32:23 pm »
How much are they asking for N126M?
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Commander Travels / Re: Twin Commander in Iceland
« Last post by Steve binnette on February 13, 2020, 12:08:57 pm »
Great tips on stops going to Europe.  I gotta do that in my Commander.

Ed, you flew phantoms I love that airplane. Looks great and sounds scary!
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Twin Commander Piston / Weight and Balance calculations for a 560A
« Last post by MTWoods on February 13, 2020, 11:50:12 am »
Hi to All!

I bought a 560A model a couple of months ago and would like more info on weight and balance calculations. I've been using wt x arm = mom, but the original formula of cg=cg-(F x L)/W is a little confusing.

Also, the wt and balance calculation part number is MWB0000-1,  but I haven't been able to find it anywhere.

Thanks for helping out the new guy :)
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Introduction / Re: Hi from South Africa
« Last post by donv on February 12, 2020, 03:01:09 pm »
The scanned version is 50mb, so I'm not sure about posting it after all. But I do have it and can make it available if others need it. It is unrevised since 1968, and doesn't have the Systems section that I presume it would have had in the airplane?

Sadly, it also looks like the airplane it came from was parted out, which is too bad. It was a nice Shrike and I was associated with it in one way or another for about ten years.
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Introduction / Re: Hi from South Africa
« Last post by donv on February 11, 2020, 11:29:32 pm »
Amazingly enough, I found mine! I will scan it tomorrow, and maybe post it here. It has no copyright notice that I can see and is from 1968, so I think I'm pretty safe in doing so.
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Commander Travels / Re: Twin Commander in Iceland
« Last post by John Wood on February 10, 2020, 04:24:37 pm »
A friend and I owned N79PH from 1997 to 2009 and it remains a favorite airplane... 300 knot cruise, 35,000 foot ceiling and 1,800nm range.  About once a year an airliner would pass by us, to see a propeller aircraft dragging a contrail and ask ATC, "What kind of plane it that?"

We made several improvements; the first Commander with (Meggitt) glass on both sides, the first RVSM Commander, and the first with heavy side windows and super soundproofing.  The later added 70lbs of weight and changed the complexion of the plane... you could hear people talking in back, not wearing their headsets

The plane was originally a Parker Hannifin corporate machine, hence the tail number.  One of their pilots landed on a snow covered airport between the runway and taxiway, taking out the right main gear.  Apparently the left main gear collapsed in Bishop, CA a couple of years ago, someone is working to make it airworthy again.  I hope so.  I expect aging aircraft issues to increase the cost of operating these machines.  We had a major pressure vessel service bulletin done by Eagle Creek during our ownership.  The 1,000hp Garrett engine is a wonder to behold and a joy forever.
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Commander Travels / Re: Twin Commander in Iceland
« Last post by donv on February 10, 2020, 04:05:45 pm »
Ouch!

https://app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/ReportGeneratorFile.ashx?EventID=20180427X31921&AKey=1&RType=Prelim&IType=LA

Quote from: NTSB

On April 26, 2018, about 1255 Pacific daylight time, a Gulfstream AM CORP COMM DIV 695A/A, N79PH, was substantially damaged following the collapse of the left main landing gear at Bishop Airport (BIH), Bishop, California. The airline transport pilot and the sole passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the corporate flight, which was being operated in accordance with Tile 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight had departed Chino Airport (CNO), Chino, California, about 1200, with BIH as its destination.

In a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in- charge, the pilot reported that on final approach all indications that the landing gear were down and lock was confirmed. After touching down and during the landing roll, the left main landing gear collapsed. The airplane came to rest upright partially off the left side of the runway. A subsequent examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the undercarriage of the aircraft.


I hope it was fixed!
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Introduction / Re: Hi from South Africa
« Last post by donv on February 10, 2020, 04:00:26 pm »
You know, I think I have one in my library somewhere... but it's not in digital form. But, that could be arranged. I just need to find it.
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