Registration Underway for Twin Commander University

TCU 13 logo_09Registration has begun for the 2013 Twin Commander University, which will be held Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27 at the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains resort just north of the Scottsdale, Arizona, Airport. Executive Aircraft Maintenance, an authorized Twin Commander Service Center based at KSDL, will be the host service center for the University.

The University features several days of educational seminars on owning, operating, maintaining, and upgrading Twin Commanders. It is a unique opportunity for Commander operators to learn from and exchange ideas and information with pilot training experts as well as Twin Commander technical, maintenance, and product and service providers.

Registration can be done online at Click on the “Register Here” link in the University box on the lefthand side of the web page. The link takes you to a registration application, which also has a link (or telephone number if you prefer to call) to the Marriott to reserve your accommodations at a special discounted University rate.

To encourage early registration, Twin Commander Aircraft is discounting the normal $379/ $229 (for spouse or guest) registration fee to just $199/$149. Plus, by registering early you will be eligible to win a new iPad 2. This early bird registration and iPad giveaway ends on Valentine’s Day, February 14.

“We’ve prepared an impressive lineup of seminars, speakers, and social events for the upcoming University,” commented Twin Commander Aircraft President Matt Isley.

The long weekend will kick off Thursday morning with a comprehensive program on the understanding and proper use of airborne weather radar, presented by Erik Eliel, the acknowledged expert on the subject.

Eliel also will conduct a seminar session later in the weekend on departure procedures in high terrain, and another on PIC authority, attitude, and awareness.

Other hands-on, pilot-oriented sessions will be led by Will Shinew, lead Commander instructor at SimCom Training Centers, the exclusive provider of simulator-based Twin Commander pilot initial and recurrent training; and Honeywell’s veteran, highly respected Pilot Advisor, Helmuth Eggeling. Eggeling will be presenting his full program on the finer points of operating the powerful, fuel-efficient TPE331 engine that is on all turboprop Twin Commander models.

Other seminar sessions will feature a panel of highly experienced Commander pilots offering their flying insights and answering questions; factory and service center executives opining on the future of the Twin Commander brand (hint: it is bright); a detailed look at the exciting new Garmin 1000 panel for Twin Commanders; an aviation medical expert’s advice on pilot physiology; and the latest on insurance and tax issues affecting Commander owners and operators.

Just as at a traditional institution of higher learning, there is more to the Twin Commander University than going to class. It’s a unique opportunity for operators from around the world to enjoy the company of people with a similar passion. University social events will include a welcome reception at the resort, a golf outing, and a gala dinner at the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum in nearby Mesa.

For more information about the Twin Commander University and to register, see