World’s First Twin Commander 690B with Garmin G950 Delivered at AirVenture

Eagle Creek Aviation Services, a factory-authorized Twin Commander Service Center, has delivered the first Model 690B Twin Commander with a Garmin G950-equipped cockpit. Dr. Abraham “Abe” Abuchowski took delivery of the aircraft at Eagle Creek’s display booth EAA’s AirVenture 2015. This is the second Twin Commander that Abuchowski has owned.

Eagle Creek has now completed and delivered six Garmin G950 Twin Commanders including three Model 1000s, two Model 900s, and Abuchowski’s 690B. This delivery coincides with the FAA approval of the STC Amendment for the 690B Model of the Twin Commander. The amendment to Eagle Creek’s original STC for the G950 conversion for the 900 and 1000 adds the earlier model Twin Commanders (690A and B) and the JetProp Commander 840s and 980s, making approximately 400 more Twin Commander turboprop models aircraft for the modification.

Eagle Creek Aviation Services delivered its sixth Garmin G950 Twin Commander at EAA’s AirVenture 2015 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. (L-R) Garmin’s Dan Lind, Creighton Scarpone, and Jim Laster; Eagle Creek’s Matt Hagans; 690B owner Abe Abuchowski; and Garmin’s Phil Straub and Jim Alpiser.

Eagle Creek Aviation Services delivered its sixth Garmin G950 Twin Commander at EAA’s AirVenture 2015 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. (L-R) Garmin’s Dan Lind, Creighton Scarpone, and Jim Laster; Eagle Creek’s Matt Hagans; 690B owner Abe Abuchowski; and Garmin’s Phil Straub and Jim Alpiser.

“This is some awesome, awesome avionics in an awesome airplane,” commented a beaming Abuchowski at the delivery ceremony at Eagle Creek’s show-center display. “The Garmin suite makes flying so much safer and easier because it is an integrated system—the new Garmin radar, collision avoidance—everything. It improves my situational awareness, and the screens are so sharp and vivid. I’m like a kid in a candy store!”

“Completing the last phase of the STC process is something we at Eagle Creek are very proud of,” commented Eagle Creek CEO Matt Hagans, “and completing the first 690-series airplane for Abe, who is a loyal, repeat customer, is personally rewarding.”

690B owner Abe Abuchowski and Eagle Creek’s Matt Hagans look over the G950 avionics panel.

690B owner Abe Abuchowski and Eagle Creek’s Matt Hagans look over the G950 avionics panel.

“Congratulations to Eagle Creek Aviation Services for raising the bar in terms of providing customers with the very best, most contemporary Twin Commander,” said Twin Commander Aircraft President Matt Isley. “And congratulations to Abe on his second Twin Commander.”

“Eagle Creek knows Twin Commanders and the Garmin flight deck inside and out,” noted Phil Straub, Vice President and Managing Director for Garmin’s aviation products, who attended the AirVenture delivery ceremony. “And now they are putting the two together in a way that really pleases customers.”

The Twin Commander Garmin G950 is a complete Garmin 1000 system with the exception of the flight control system. Among other features the Twin Commander 950 suite includes:

• Genesys/S-Tec 2100 Digital Flight Control System
• Synthetic Vision Enablement
• Garmin GWX-70 Weather Radar
• Garmin GTS-825 TAS Traffic System
• Jeppesen ChartView Enablement
• TAWS B
• Garmin GDL 69SXM satellite receiver for Sirius XM weather and data
• Garmin GTX 33ES – ADS-B Out-compliant Mode S transponder
• Garmin GDL 88 for ADS-B In
• Mid Continent MD302 backup attitude indicator
• New LED electroluminescent panels

Abuchowski’s 690B is the first Garmin conversion to be equipped with the new GDL 88 for ADS-B In.