The Commander in Photos

After decades of hard work, many Commanders are getting a make-over.

1000 Jetprop Commander
1000 Jetprop Commander
The flagship of the Commanders, the 1000 Jetprop Commander, is easy to recognize.
Grand Renaissance Commander
Grand Renaissance Commander
Even though many Commanders feature modern instrument panels and interiors, the throttle quadrant is one area that displays the airplanes’ age.
Twin Commander 690
Twin Commander 690
The speed, carrying capacity and visibility of the Twin Commander 690 makes it a popular airplane among owner-operators. And these qualities also make it a good platform for aerial surveillance, fire and fish spotting, and medical evacuation.
Grand Renaissance Commander
Grand Renaissance Commander
Garmin’s G500 or G600 PFD/MFD combo coupled with a GNS 430 or GNS 530 GPS/navcom have been popular instrument panel choices among the Grand Renaissance customers who opt for a cockpit upgrade.
Grand Renaissance Commander
Grand Renaissance Commander
Although many Twin Commanders have been upgraded with modern interior and panel installations, it is the replacement and refurbishment of countless hidden parts, pieces and systems that differentiate a Grand Renaissance Commander.
Turbo Commander 690
Turbo Commander 690
Honeywell’s TPE331-10T engines and Aero Air’s wide-chord Q-tip propellers make the Turbo Commander 690 a 300-plus-knot airplane.
Grand Renaissance Commander
Grand Renaissance Commander
Large picture windows in the cabin provide excellent visibility for the passengers.
Grand Renaissance Commander
Grand Renaissance Commander
The beefy landing gear, which is actuated by hydraulic and pneumatic systems and gravity, helps make the Commander a good airplane for unimproved airstrips.
Aerocommanders
Aerocommanders
**Though similar in overall exterior dimensions, the interior of the Jetprop 1000 Commander is three feet longer than that of the 690, providing extra legroom for executives or additional space for operators such as medical evacuation providers. This interior configuration was introduced in the model 900 under the ownership of Gulfstream. **
Twin Commander
Twin Commander
A nose recognition light kit, which includes one light on each side of the fuselage, is one of many STC enhancements that have been added to Twin Commanders. This STC was later upgraded for high intensity discharge (HID) bulbs and modified to make the recognition/landing lights arranged so that one light is directed toward the ground and the other straight ahead so other airplanes can better see you when approach them head on.
Twin Commander Engine
Twin Commander Engine
The shape of the engine inlet for the Honeywell TPE331-10T engine that many Twin Commander owners have retrofitted into their airplanes is reminiscent of a large smile — a shape that may rub off on the pilot once the airplane gets airborne. The -10T engines help bring the cruise speed of a Turbo Commander 690 to more than 300 knots.
Commander
Commander
The Commander’s wing design provides the airplane with benign slow flight and stall characteristics, which help make the airplane a good short field performer. The airplane also exhibits good single-engine climb performance.
Commander
Commander
Airplanes that have had the engines upgraded to the TPE331-10T are easy to recognize by the wide, shiny exhaust stacks protruding from the engine cowls underneath the wings. Exhaust stacks from the -5 engines are enclosed.
Commander
Commander
Commanders are brought down to bare bones when they go through Twin Commander’s Grand Renaissance program. After six to nine months, the airplane that emerges from the maintenance hangar is in like-new condition, with most of its parts either replaced or refurbished.
Commander
Commander
For more on the Commander, check out our full-length feature, "Grand Renaissance Commander."