News Listings for Aero Commander

  • Dubai 2007: Keeping the Commanders flying

    News | 12 Nov 2007 00:00

    Owners of ageing Twin Commander piston and turboprop aircraft will now be able to buy new nose landing gear steering cylinders. The new parts are being made by Twin Commander Aircraft LLC, which provides support and upgrades for the business twin-props, which were built by Aero Commander and Rockwell between the 1950s and 1970s. The first new steering cylinders will be available from November. They follow the introduction of protective boots for rudder pedal stems, control column pedestals and a new digital fuel quantity indicating system.
  • NBAA 2006: Middle class - Gulstream G150 profile

    News | 10 Oct 2006 00:00 | Graham Warwick

    Gulfstream’s mid-size G150 is entering service after a development programme that resulted in better than predicted performance. Is it now the one to beat?
  • USA stokes up firefighting training

    News | 10 Jan 2006 00:00

    Forest Service’s wildfire simulator to enter second phase of expansion with enhanced software and more cockpits
  • ATSB investigates Virgin Blue 737 separation incident

    News | 03 Jun 2005 04:13 | Brendan Sobie

    <body lang=EN-US style='tab-interval:36.0pt'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-GB>Australian authorities are investigating an incident from earlier this year in which a Virgin Blue Boeing 737-700 flew within one nautical mile of a small aircraft near </span><st1:City><st1:place><span lang=EN-GB>Brisbane</span></st1:place></st1:City><span lang=EN-GB>.</span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-GB>The Australian Transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) reveals in a preliminary report released today that an Aero Commander 500-S flew .95nm (1.75km) horizontally and 500ft vertically from a Virgin Blue 737-700 after taking off from </span><st1:City><st1:place><span lang=EN-GB>Brisbane</span></st1:place></st1:City><span lang=EN-GB> on 14 April.</span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-GB>The Virgin Blue aircraft, registered VH-VBU, was on approach to land on runway 19 when the incident occurred. It was on a scheduled flight from </span><st1:City><s
  • EENT aims for high-power piston twins with RPM retrofit deal

    News | 16 Sep 2003 00:00

    <p>GRAHAM WARWICK / WASHINGTON DC</p> <p>Energy &amp; Engine Technology (EENT) is continuing its rapid expansion into aviation through an agreement with RPM Management to pursue aircraft remanufacturing, air-cooled to liquid-cooled engine conversions and turbocharger retrofits. High-power piston twins like the Aero Commander and Cessna 421 are initial targets.</p> <p>Under the agreement, EENT has acquired turbocharger and Aero Commander supplemental type certificates (STC) from RPM Management for its Wind Dancer Aviation Services subsidiary in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Previously the company had purchased a range of STCs for piston-engine turbo-normaliser kits originally developed by Rajay (<I>Flight International</I>, 15-21 July).</p> <p>RPM Management, meanwhile, plans to develop air-to-liquid-cooling conversions for the Continental GTSIO-520 and Lycoming IO-540 series that will increase power, reduce drag and allow the six-cylinder engines to run on automotive gasoline, says comp
  • Wind Dancer to revive turbo tool

    News | 15 Jul 2003 00:00

    <p>Wind Dancer Aviation Services plans to reintroduce turbo-normalising kits for light aircraft after acquiring supplemental type certificates (STC) covering a range of general aviation types. Turbo-normalising is a performance- improving technique for piston-powered aircraft by turbocharging the engine to maintain its sea-level manifold pressure to higher altitudes and temperatures.</p> <p>Pagosa Springs, Colorado-based Wind Dancer has acquired 49 STCs for Rajay turbo-normalising kits from Kelly Aerospace Power Systems, which will continue to make the components. The company aims to re-establish product support for existing turbochargers, says president Tylor Hall. </p> <p>Wind Dancer plans to relaunch improved kits aimed at the conversion market. Turbo-normalising can boost climb rate and increase cruise speed by 20kt (37km/h) or more above 10,000ft (3,000m), he says.</p> <p>The first kit to be available will be for the Aero Commander piston twin, Hall says.</p>