January 2021

Latest Flight Levels Online Available Now

The latest issue of Flight Levels Online, available now, is packed with interesting people, airplanes, places and tips to help you get more from your Twin Commander. For example, Christmas might be over, but the spirit can live on. Read about Operation Good Cheer, a gift-giving program for foster children in Michigan, and a Twin Commander pilot who pitches in each year. If you’re looking for something a little warmer, Thierry Pouille details Air Journey’s efforts to restart guided trips to the Caribbean and Latin America. And in the Southern Hemisphere, where summer reigns, discover the GAM Group, one of the world’s largest operators of Twin Commanders, and an active Twin Commander Factory Authorized Service Center. If you don’t feel like traveling to a Twin Commander Factory Authorized Service Center right now, read about how one can come to you. Finally, in this issue’s “From the Factory” we meet the people who make Twin Commander Aircraft a strong foundation of support for the community. You can find all this and more at https://flightlevelsonline.com.

Take Advantage of the Spend and Receive Promotion

From now until March 31, Twin Commander Aircraft is offering owners and operators a generous Customer Appreciation Program. Spend $25,000 on any factory parts at a Twin Commander Factory Authorized Service Center, have them installed at the center, and the factory will throw in a CK190 LED Cabin Flood Lighting Kit for free. The kit includes eight LED bulbs along the headliner providing more light, longer-lasting bulbs, and less heat. Everything needed for installation is in the kit including the bulbs, a new circuit board, and the receptacles. Available for all 690A and later models, the lights are a welcome modern addition to the cabin. And now you can get the parts for free by ordering and installing $25,000 worth of factory parts. Find your Twin Commander Factory Authorized Service Center on the website.

Morelock Promoted at Eagle Creek Aviation

Randy Morelock, Eagle Creek Aviation’s director of avionics and a longtime fixture in the company’s avionics shop, was recently promoted to vice president of maintenance. In his new position, Morelock will be responsible for the company’s entire portfolio of maintenance and upgrades including airframe and powerplant repair and upgrades, avionics upgrades, paint and interior, and parts sales. Since coming to Eagle Creek in 1998, Morelock has been instrumental in projects such as the Grand Renaissance program, the STC for the Garmin G950, and more. Eagle Creek is a Twin Commander Factory Authorized Service Center with three locations in the Indianapolis area.

 

Air Journey Restarts International Trips

The global coronavirus pandemic has put a significant strain on companies that intersect in any way with tourism. Among those impacted, Florida-based Air Journey was forced to stop its guided international owner-flown trips. As detailed in the winter issue of Flight Levels now online, the company said it is restarting operations. Throughout the next few months the company will be flying escorted trips through the Caribbean and Central America, following strict health protocols in an effort to keep everyone safe. These include COVID-19 tests prior to departure, occasional rapid tests during the journey, outdoor dining, and so on. Air Journey owner Thierry Pouille said that the new requirements for a COVID-19 test prior to arrival back to the United States will be handled as part of the journey. And as of this writing, inbound quarantines have been proposed but are not federally required. For dates, locations, and more information, go to www.airjourney.com.

 

Journey to the Caribbean January 26, 2021
Bahamas Out Islands Journey February 24, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Here to Help

Good help can be hard to find. But not when you own or maintain a Twin Commander. Among the many resources available to pilots, operators, and technicians is Andrew Wilson, the factory technical representative. Wilson is a certificated pilot and airframe and powerplant mechanic with inspection authorization. In addition to his duties helping to develop new parts and Custom Kits, Wilson also serves as a resource for the community. “I want everyone to know I’m here to support any and all of their needs as a pilot or technician,” he said. In the last few weeks Wilson helped the owner of a 500 Shrike diagnose a rough-running engine, worked with a technician to explain the function and troubleshooting of the speed switch, and helped a technician diagnose an installation issue with new fuel cells. For Twin Commander technicians at Factory Authorized Service Centers, or owner and operators, Wilson can track down difficult issues with original source documentation or pass along knowledge learned from flying and maintaining the airplanes. Call him at 1-919-514-0040 or email [email protected]

Genesys S-Tec 3100 Certified for Twin Commanders

Twin Commander owner and operators in the United States have a new option for an aftermarket autopilot. Genesys announced earlier this month that its all-digital S-Tec 3100 is now certified for Twin Commanders. The S-Tec 3100 is a three-axis attitude-based autopilot that can interface with a number of different panel systems. It offers envelope control, electronic stability, and more. Covered models in the latest supplemental type certificate include the 695, 695A, 690, 690A, 690B, 690C, 690D, 680W, 681, 500, 500A, 500B, 500S, 500U, 560A, 560E, and 560F. Foreign validation is expected sometime soon. In the Twin Commander Factory Authorized Service Center network Byerly Aviation, Eagle Creek Aviation, Meta Aerospace, and the Naples Jet Center are also Genesys Aerosystems dealers.

Share Your Story

The Twin Commander community is a small, tight-knit group of owners, operators, and enthusiasts who love to share the myriad ways in which they use these versatile airplanes. We want to share your story with the rest of the community through this newsletter and in Flight Levels Online. We’re always looking for great stories about you, your airplane, trips you’ve taken in the airplane, upgrades you’ve made, unusual missions, and more. For longtime operators, we want to share your best flying tips with those transitioning, and your maintenance and ownership tips. And for maintainers, help us share best operating practices, maintenance tips and more. Write to the editor at [email protected] or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram.

Tell Us About Your System

A few months ago, we asked which type of environmental system is in your Twin Commander. Over the many years of production, various models were delivered from the factory with a few different environmental systems. Subsequent aftermarket options also have been added to the mix. Knowing what’s in the field will help with the development of future upgrades.

We’d like to know what system is currently in your airplane. Please disregard if you’ve already answered the survey.