Aircraft Review

November 1999 Issue

Twin Commander 500 Series

Although not the fastest twin ever made, itís one of the best engineered. Cabin size and comfort are strong suits.

[IMGCAP(1)] By dint of good engineering, good construction methods or just good luck, some airframes clearly stand far above others when it comes to reliability and robustness.

Only a handful of airplanes meet this description but among them is certainly the big Commander twins, including the 500 series. When first introduced, Rockwell International touted this design as being among the stoutest most reliable airframes ever conceived by man.

The reality turns out to be not too far from the truth. Indeed, Commanderís do have a reputation of mechanical excellence, although theyíre not without their quirks.

And everyone knows the airframes are tough as nails, as evidenced by Bob...

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