Wednesday, July 1, 2009

COMMANDER AIRCRAFT 114/115


 
STANDARD DATA: (114) Seats 4. Gross wt. 3,260. Empty wt. 2,102. Fuel capacity 68. Engine 260-hp Lycoming IO-540-T4B5. PERFORMANCE: Cruise 160 kts. Stall mph 54 kts. Initial climb rate 1,160. Range 705. Ceiling 16,800'. Takeoff distance 1,145'. Landing distance 720'.


The first examples of this airframe came from aerospace giant Rockwell Aircraft. Their model 112 first flew in late 1970 and continued to evolve through a number of engine changes. In 1976, a six-cylinder 260-hp powerplant was installed and the model became the Rockwell Commander 114. When Gulfstream purchased the rights to Rockwell designs in 1979, the 112 and 114 models were taken out of production. The Commander Aircraft Company acquired the manufacturing rights in 1991, and by the next year, the first Commander 114 rolled off the line, now designated the 114B. The new Commander had a few enhancements, primarily in the way of modernized avionics. The Bethany, Oklahoma manufacturer also produced a turbocharged version, the 270-hp 114TC. In 2000, Commander replaced the 114 models with the 115 and 115TC. Changes included extended fuel capability, upgraded standard avionics, and a series of system refinements.





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