Twin Commander University into its third decade

When Twin Commander owners and operators gather with representatives from Twin Commander Aircraft and its authorized service centers and channel partners in Scottsdale, Arizona, next April 25-27, it will mark the 11th time in more than 20 years that the Commander community has come together for what is known as Twin Commander University.

First held in Aspen in 1990, the University features several days of educational seminars on owning, operating, maintaining, and upgrading Twin Commanders. It is an opportunity for Commander operators to learn from and exchange ideas and information with pilot training experts as well as Twin Commander technical, maintenance, and product and service providers, company officials said.

“The University was founded on a simple principle – to learn something from each other about the airplanes we operate, maintain, and support, and also to enjoy a few days in the company of friends and colleagues in a nice setting,” said Twin Commander Aircraft President Matt Isley.

The 2013 University will be held at the Scottsdale Marriott McDowell Mountains resort just north of the Scottsdale Airport. Executive Aircraft Maintenance, an authorized Twin Commander Service Center based at KSDL, will be the host service center for the University.

Erik Eliel, an expert on the understanding and proper use of airborne weather radar, will kick off the long weekend on Thursday, April 25, with his full six-hour program. Eliel also will conduct seminar sessions on departure procedures in high terrain, and another on PIC authority, attitude, and awareness.

Other pilot-oriented sessions will be led by instructors from SimCom Training Centers, the exclusive provider of simulator-based Twin Commander pilot initial and recurrent training.

Honeywell’s veteran, highly respected Pilot Advisor, Helmuth Eggeling, will field questions on the finer points of operating the TPE331 engine, which is on all turboprop Twin Commanders.

University social events will include a welcome reception, golf outing, and a visit to a Phoenix-area aviation museum.

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  1. says

    I am a former Instructor for Flight Safety when the Commander Learning Center was located in Bethany, OK, next to and adjacent PWA. The (former) factory was located next door and a Commander Service Center across the street.

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