|The Aero Commander Model 560 is noted for it's
short field performance, rugged landing gear suitable for rough field
operation and its ability to handle heavy loads. The Twin Commander
was the aircraft selected to fly President Eisenhower from the grass strip
on his Gettysburg, PA farm to DC during his presidency, which testifies to
the reputation of the airframe.
How does this sound? - 7 people (@170 lbs/person), full fuel (145 gallons) and 120 lbs in the baggage compartment without exceeding gross weight limit! The Model 560 has a very broad Center of Gravity Envelope for easy loading. It has a single point fuel filler for the 5 tanks. No tank switching or fuel transfers required during flights. This is a great flying airplane. This airplane has what appears to be the original interior, so it is rather dated and worn, but is functional. The current owners have used the airplane primarily for medical mercy missions since acquiring the airplane in June of 2001. Easy removal of seats permits room for a stretcher-bound passenger, seating for attending medical personnel, along with pilot and copilot.
This is a great flying airplane. There is a lot of good flying hours left in this aircraft. It can be flown as is, or it would be an excellent candidate for a restoration, or even conversion to the a Shrike configuration (see http://www.aircenterinc.com/shrike.php). Currently the paint is about a 6 on a scale of 1-10 and the interior is about a 4 on a scale of 1-10.
Aircraft Location: Culpeper County Airport (KCJR), Culpeper, Virginia
Reason for selling: Insurance requirements limit the organization to a handful of volunteer pilots being available to fly the airplane so usage is limited.
Aero Commander Model 560 manufactured in 1955. Registration Number N2705B. Serial Number 205. Total Time Airframe: 6406 hours.
Aircraft owned by Pilots For Christ, International (Virginia Chapter) since June 2001. Engine Time Since Major Overhaul: 1005 hours.
Engines are Lycoming Model GO-480-B, 270 horsepower. Airframe Logs since 1965.
Propellers Total Time Since Overhaul: 25 hours. (3 Blade Hartzell) Recent new tires. Recent new brakes.
Some damage history (see http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001213X25497&key=1)
Annual inspection expires February 28, 2007. All Airworthiness Directives complied with.
Max Gross Weight = 6000 lbs.
Useful Load = 1955 lbs.
Engine Compression measured at recent annual inspection:
#1 - 75/80; #2 - 78/80; #3 - 80/80; #4 - 75/80; #5 - 80/80; #6 - 80/80
#1 - 78/80; #2 - 79/80; #3 - 80/80; #4 - 75/80; #5 - 80/80; #6 77/80
The spar cap NDT inspection was completed in 2000 and over 300 hours
remain before it must be repeated
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