Time for a Close-Up
The only thing better looking than a Twin Commander on the ground is a Twin Commander in flight. Now, thanks to professional photographer Jessica Ambats and owner Brad Howard, we can enjoy new photos of Howard’s 690B over Southern California. Ambats met Howard and his son, Scott, in Iceland while the pair were on a flight around the world with Air Journey. A few years later they connected for the air-to-air photo shoot and now Ambats is making the photos available for purchase. On Ambats’ website, search for “Commander” to see the photos. Each can be purchased as a print or put on a mug or other keepsake. If you’re looking for more, Ambats performs custom shoots and can give your airplane the star treatment.
Factory Working on Multiple Upgrades
The COVID pandemic hasn’t slowed down the work at Twin Commander Aircraft. Business Unit Director Brian Harbaugh said the company is busy with multiple projects and upgrades, from stocking new parts to developing new Custom Kits and flight manual upgrades. Engineering is currently working on new nacelle bulkheads that provide a more secure fit. A new cabin altitude indicator has been developed and will soon be available as part of a Custom Kit. The factory is also developing a new rudder gust lock that addresses customer feedback. Finally, a pilot’s operating handbook, POH, rewrite for 695s on long-range fuel was recently released, and owners and technicians will appreciate an impending change to the hydraulic pump overhaul procedure that is currently under review should make the process more efficient and result in better performance. “We are always working hard to support the Twin Commander community,” Harbaugh said. “But I’m particularly proud of the team’s work recently to push forward in the face of significant outside challenges. They are fully committed to providing value to owners and the Factory Authorized Service Centers.”
Eagle Creek Will Come to You
Whether it’s a busy schedule or travel restrictions, getting away right now can be, in some cases, quite difficult. Eagle Creek Aviation Services is hoping to help ease that burden by coming to you. The company has long had a respected mobile team that is dispatched for AOG situations, and that service is now expanding to include mobile inspections. “Leave your Commander in your hangar, and our AOG and maintenance technicians will come to you,” promised a press release. A company representative said each job is currently being custom quoted, with the additional travel expenses baked into the rate. “We want customers to know we can take care of them regardless of where they are,” he said. By leveraging its more-than $15 million in Twin Commander parts inventory, Eagle Creek is able to further save owners and operators time and money. And now, you can add convenience to that list as well.
Tell Us About Your System
Over the many years of Twin Commander production, various turboprop models were delivered from the factory with a few different environmental systems. Subsequent aftermarket options also have been added to the mix.