Twin Commander 980 – Operating Costs, Specifications, and Performance Data

Compare the fixed costs, variable cost, and performance of Twin Commander 980 to over 500 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft, with accurate data from Conklin & de Decker.

Summary

FULL AIRCRAFT NAME
Twin Commander 980
AIRCRAFT NAME
980
AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURER
Twin Commander
RANGE
735 nm
SPEED
299 kts
PASSENGERS
5 people
ACQUISITION COST
$600000
ENGINES
Honeywell Engines TPE 331-10 2
AVIONICS
Garmin G600TXi
WINGSPAN
52.1 ft
IFR CERTIFIED
Yes

Aircraft History

The Commander 980 (Model 695) is a Commander 840 with the higher powered Honeywell (Garrett) TPE331-10 engines. The 331-10 engines offer better performance and lower overall cost if they have the extended time between overhauls (TBO). Today, the twin-engine Commander series is supported by Twin Commander Aircraft of Arlington, WA.
 
While the Aero Commanders were not the fastest turboprops in their class, they had a reputation for being well built, stable, and comfortable. With the high wing, entering and exiting the aircraft is easy for passengers and they also enjoy excellent downward visibility. The Commander 690 series had a small, but comfortable cabin with an emergency-use-only forward lavatory.