October 1999 Issue

Letters 10/99

Pathetic Indeed
Your article in the June Aviation Consumer on retractable step-ups was very interesting and informative. However, I must take issue with Paul Berge’s description of the Rockwell 112 Commander performance as “pathetic.”

Most 112 owners report speeds in the 128 to 133 knot cruise range at 10 to 12 GPH, with the same cabin and two doors that the Sierra has. But the big plus that the Commander has going for it is the STC’d Garrett turbonormalizer available from RCM Normalizing in Big Piney, Wyoming. This clean installation results in cruise speeds of 150 to 164 knots, depending on altitude, and an outstanding climb rate.

The turbo—installed for about $17,000—d...

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