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Author Topic: N1176Z 500B, low time engines, compact props, STEC 60-2, Garmin only $159,000  (Read 362 times)

Bruce Byerly

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Here's a pretty nice looking 500B that was operated out of AZ and CA commercial certificates for many years.  I just flew this plane Thursday to the radio shop for removal of the FM radios and what I plan to be a complete laser engraved new panel with GTN 750, remote audio panel, and GTX 345R Bluetooth ADSB transponder and fresh annual by one of the largest Commander operators in the country. 

I climbed straight to 15,500' where it ran flawlessly.  It's a light weight plane with just about 2,000 lbs useful!

Unadvertised so far anywhere else.  If you want to change the panel to your personal taste or do any other mods, the time is right now so give me a call.  The last 4 500's I've sold this year have never hit the paper.  This one is great and I would keep it for myself but I bought the 79 Shrike and have committed to the plane and panel. There's not a smoking rivet on the plane - they really knew how to put them together during this era.

I'm developing a full spec, but here are the basics:
1965 500B
200 SMOH Left and Right by Porterville Aviation repair station with Ly-con cylinders, etc
25 SPOH - Hartzell Compact hubs
12,000 TT - part 135 forestry platform (observation orbiting and traffic/comm platform)
Garmin GTN 430WAAS
Skywatch Traffic
S-Tec System 60-2 Autopilot


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Buddabeli

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Good looking bird!

Mine is a fire commander for the past 26 years.

They kept them impeccable so they could renew there contracts. 

I'm selling mine as well only because I need all weather capabilities.  HopefullY I'm making the right decision


Bruce Byerly

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Good looking bird!

Mine is a fire commander for the past 26 years.

They kept them impeccable so they could renew there contracts. 

I'm selling mine as well only because I need all weather capabilities.  HopefullY I'm making the right decision

Excellent.  I MAY have found a home for this one already.  Give me a call and let's talk about yours.  I just switched to the new Garmin Txi displays for my Shrike so I'm going to need to do something in the meantime as I'm fully into an Adam-like project  ;)

Bruce

Buddabeli

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Bruce,

its a great bird. 

No nonsense and a great flyer.

Ill give you a call


my number is
818-422-7700

Jeff

Adam Frisch

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Looks like a sweetheart!
Slumming it in the turboprop world - so you don't have to.

Badger

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Great looking planes!
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Bruce Byerly

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Thank you gentlemen.  I?m trying to decide now on a GT750 with remote transponder and audio or just another 430W with GMA 340 and GTX345.  There?s probably $10,000 difference in price. 

Steve binnette

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For 10k do the GTN package.  Why have SD when you can have HD!

I could almost have one of these 500s for the cost of those 5 bladed props.   

What's wrong with me?  These 500s are a great deal!

donv

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GTN 750 with remote transponder and audio is the way to go. No comparison to the 530.

Buddabeli

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It's insane how great a deal these planes are!

Stop thinking about the 5 blades :)

Well don't stop thinking about them... but a 500s to Catalina or SB.  On the cheap

Come on perfect plane!

Just saying

Bruce Byerly

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Lol - you guys are right. The planes are awesome! The basic joy of flying Commanders imho starts with a 500B (Adam will disagree but not to digress), I called the avionics shop and approved the 750 for installation!   ;D


Buddabeli

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I?ve only flown 1 but agree

500s is an amazing aircraft!


Bruce Byerly

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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

Bruce Byerly

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Getting closer !!

Just got this sneak peak of the panel ...

Steve binnette

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What?s compact props?

The B models are great.