Twin Commander University Convenes in Savannah

TCU_2015_Logo_full2The Twin Commander University will add to its rich, three-decades-long tradition when it convenes April 23-25 in Savannah, Georgia, a city with its own proud history. This, the 12th biennial University, continues the tradition of providing Twin Commander owners and operators from around the world with a fun and informative weekend of seminars and social events.

Here’s a look at some of the activities and seminar sessions planned for the 2015 University:




  • Fly to Savannah/Hilton Head International (KSAV) and park at Sheltair. (For more information about flying to KSAV see below.)
  • Check in at the University hotel, the Savannah Hilton DeSoto, in the heart of the city’s beautiful and historic residential area just a few short blocks from vibrant riverfront shopping and dining. (To reserve your room, see below.)
  • Wednesday evening enjoy dinner at the Pink House or another of Savannah’s many memorable, eclectic restaurants, then take a stroll through the 250-year-old riverfront district.

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  • Erik Eliel presents his renowned Airborne Weather Radar class or, optionally, compete in the traditional Club Benders Scramble at the highly rated Club at Savannah Harbor’s 18-hole PGA Tour Championship course.
  • At 6:00 p.m. gather in the DeSoto’s 15th floor Harborview room for a gala Welcome Reception, a panoramic view of the city, and the congenial company of old friends and new.


  • Picture 054Breakfast in the exhibit hall, view product and service displays, and talk to representatives from Twin Commander partner companies including authorized service centers, SimCom’s Twin Commander Training Center, and others.
  • Erik Eliel on why “It’s Better to be Good Than Lucky.”
  • Twin Commander Aircraft engineering staff update on the latest service, modification, and upgrade initiatives from the factory.
  • A panel of experienced Twin Commander instructors and pilots discuss why it is vital to “Know Your Airplane, Know Yourself.”
  • SimCom Training Center instructors offer their insight on what it takes to be a proficient Twin Commander pilot.
  • Veteran Twin Commander instructor and mentor pilot Hugh Davis reveals his best tips and techniques.
  • A look at the current aircraft insurance market from NationAir’s Dale Barnard.
  • Cockpit familiarization class for your right-seat companion, presented by SimCom.
  • Friday evening reception and riverboat cruise down the Savannah River to historic Ft. Jackson, where we disembark for a traditional Southern lowcountry boil dinner. Transportation back to the hotel via trolleys.
  • Helmuth Eggeling, Honeywell’s longtime pilot advisor, presents his renowned TPE331 engine operating tips for pilots program.
  • Paul Buza, founder and Medical Director of Southern AeroMedical Institute (SAMI) and author of “Scenario Based Physiology” on the dangers of the slow onset of hypoxia.
  • Louis Meiners Jr. of Advocate Aircraft on how to avoid triggering an IRS exam with airplane expenses.
  • A panel of factory and service center members answer the question, “What does the future hold for my Twin Commander?”
  • Thierry Pouille, founder of Air Journey, on adventure travel opportunities in your Twin Commander


Sheltair logoSheltair is the recommended FBO at KSAV ( General Manager Gary Gutkowski ( says University attendees should call the FBO at 912-965-0095 and advise Customer Service Supervisor Marlena or Customer Service Representatives Cynthia, Deana or Adrian of your arrival/departure times as well as any other requests.

Sheltair’s normal hours of operation are 0600-2200 seven days a week, but FBO personnel will be available for known earlier/later arrivals and departures.

Hertz vehicles are available on-site for those who wish to rent a car. Taxi fare for the approximate 20-minute drive to or from the DeSoto is $28 plus $5 for each additional rider.

University fly-in attendees will receive a $ 1.00 per gallon discount off the retail price of fuel, with no minimum purchase required. No handling fees will be charged.

Overnight parking for a Twin Commander at Sheltair, normally $55 per night, will be reduced to $40 per night for attendees. Hangar space, if available, is very limited and will be charged at $85 per night instead of the normal $135.

twin-commander-university-2015-buttonTo register for the University and reserve your accommodations at the DeSoto, go to