Friday, March 13, 2009

ROCKWELL COMMANDER 840/980


1980–85



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Commander Jetprop 840
STANDARD DATA: (840) Seats 8. Gross wt. 10,325. Empty wt. 6,120. Fuel capacity 425. Engines two 717-shp Garrett AiResearch jetprops.
PERFORMANCE: Cruise mph 335. Stall mph 86. Initial climb rate 1,000. Ceiling 31,000. Range 2,047. Takeoff distance (50') 1,830. Landing distance (50') 2,050.
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Commander Jetprop 98W
STANDARD DATA: (980) Seats 8. Gross wt. 10,325. Empty wt. 6,271. Fuel capacity 425. Engines two 733-shp Garrett AiResearch jetprops.
PERFORMANCE: Cruise mph 364. Stall mph 86. Initial climb rate 1,010. Ceiling 31,000. Range 2,079. Takeoff distance (50') 1,830. Landing distance (50') 2,150.

In 1980, Rockwell experienced an unprecedented increase in turboprop sales led by the Jetprop 980 and Jetprop 840. The former carries up to eight persons and is powered by Garrett TPE-10501K turboprops. It is characterized by a 309 knot cruise, a 3,176-pound useful load, 5.2 psi pressurization, and enough fuel for a mission-efficient range of 2,040 run with reserves. The 840, powered by twin Garrett TPE-331-5-254K turboprops, boasts speeds up to 290 knots and a maximum range of 1,780 nm with reserves. Rockwell-developed high-technology sound control permits an easy conversation level in the cabins of both aircraft. Standard and custom cabin appointments permit the owner to outfit the interiors with hideaway tables, beverage servers, reclining chairs, telephones, and stereo systems.



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