Pilot Journal
Monday, September 1, 2008

Sept-Oct 2008 On The Radar

on the radar The most highly anticipated aircraft in Cirrus Design Corporation’s history, “the-jet,” made its inaugural flight on July 3. The 45-minute flight was conducted from the company’s headquarters at Duluth International Airport in Duluth, Minn. The aircraft performed flawlessly. Designed with the Cirrus signature full-airframe parachute system, the aircraft looked beautiful in its red and white paint (the model and mock-up have been displayed in gold and white), and its roof-mounted Williams FJ33-4A-19 put a 1,900-pound blast through the “V” of the distinctive tail.
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Aerocentro Honored By Twin Commander
At Twin Commander’s annual Service Center Symposium, Aerocentro de Servicios, C.A., of Caracas, Venezuela, one of Twin Commander’s 22 worldwide factory-authorized service centers, received the 2007 “Service Center of the Year” award for its “outstanding support and leadership of the Twin Commander Aircraft fleet.” Factory officials, service center managers, maintenance chiefs and technicians met at Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island, Wash., to evaluate new product needs, parts inventory and pricing, and to address technical and service issues affecting the worldwide Twin Commander fleet.

This year’s symposium drew representatives from service centers in Australia, Venezuela and Mexico, plus a full contingent from U.S.-based service centers. The effort paid off, according to Twin Commander President Jim Matheson.

“Supporting our owners and operators with parts, service and technical information is our only business,” Matheson explained, “so it’s crucial that the entire Twin Commander family, especially our authorized service centers, communicate and work cooperatively. We’re able to achieve those objectives largely through efforts like the Service Center Symposium.”

Aerocentro General Manager Luis Nunez accepted the award. The next symposium will be held immediately prior to the 2008 Twin Commander University, which will take place in May 2009 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Learn more at www.twincommander.com.


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