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General Discussion / Re: BBA Aviation buys Twin Commander LLC...
« Last post by Adam Frisch on December 14, 2018, 01:48:02 pm »
You're not wrong Don. When I was up at AeroAir, they only had a single 690B left in te fleet. I think they used have almost 10 of them. Richard was also saying that they work less and less on Commanders and the operators that used to use them, seem to have switched to PC12's mainly. The reality is they're getting older and the fleet will thin out. A little sad, but inevitable. So let's enjoy them as long as we can!  ;)
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General Discussion / Re: Photos Taken While Flying
« Last post by donv on December 14, 2018, 01:27:35 pm »
Banning Pass and Palm Springs, early morning...

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Avionics / Re: GTN 750 VNAV
« Last post by donv on December 14, 2018, 01:16:37 pm »
I'm not ready to give up. I really like the VNAV functionality.

Garmin did helpfully point out that if I bought a second G600, or upgraded my existing G600 to a TXi, the problem would magically go away. Not doing that at this time! Of course, a G950 would also solve the problem...
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General Discussion / Re: BBA Aviation buys Twin Commander LLC...
« Last post by donv on December 14, 2018, 01:15:09 pm »
I actually think it makes a lot of sense, especially if you look at the other companies they own (Dallas Airmotive, for example). Take a look at the Ontic website.

Signature FBOs tend to be lousy because of their business model-- acquire monopoly position at busy air carrier hubs. Those are by nature expensive, and since they have no competition, they don't have much incentive to provide good service. In places where Signature FBOs have competition, they're usually okay.

In Twin Commander's case, they have somewhat of an incentive to keep parts prices within reason, since they want the fleet to continue to fly and rack up hours, and parts usage. If they over-price the parts, or reduce the support, many operators will switch to something else. And it seems like more and more Twin Commanders are in utility roles rather than corporate/private usage, so they are going to be fairly price sensitive.
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General Discussion / Re: BBA Aviation buys Twin Commander LLC...
« Last post by SKYFLYER on December 14, 2018, 10:17:06 am »
Yep.. those were my thoughts as I read the press release this morning.  Seems like anytime something is good .. it soon gets eaten' up. :(
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General Discussion / BBA Aviation buys Twin Commander LLC...
« Last post by Adam Frisch on December 14, 2018, 09:59:09 am »
Gotta say, it's a little worrying as you might imagine - BBA Aviation owns Signature and we all know how Signature operates - by charging as much as they can, all the time. I sure hope BBA won't apply the same practices to TC, as they do in the FBO business. But I wouldn't be surprised if the parts prices are in for a hike.

What you think?
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Avionics / Re: GTN 750 VNAV
« Last post by SKYFLYER on December 14, 2018, 08:49:55 am »
Umm maybe time to get the new G900 (G1000) to go with the new clear view windshield... then maybe the MT 5 blade props


Wallet... what wallet 8)
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Twin Commander Turbine / Re: Windshield crack
« Last post by SKYFLYER on December 14, 2018, 08:44:00 am »
Lighter wallet... lighter load and less fuel used.. or something like that 8)
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Twin Commander Turbine / Re: Windshield crack
« Last post by KenFlo on December 14, 2018, 08:26:14 am »
New windshield installed.  They did a great job, test flight up to 25K and still had 5.1 differential on the pressurization.   My pilot side windshield was replaced in 2008 so hopefully no more cracks!  Wallet much much lighter.... :-[
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Avionics / Re: GTN 750 VNAV
« Last post by KenFlo on December 14, 2018, 08:19:35 am »
Don, I continue to have issues with mine as well.  I have given up.  This software update did nothing but cause issues for me....frustrating.
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