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Twin Commander announces training course for service bulletin requirements

December 31, 2012, 04:56 pm

The recent Service Bulletin 241 calls for inspection and modification of the fuselage-to-wing-main-spar attachment in Twin Commander models 690, 690A and 690B, with exception of planes that have already been updated.

In response, Twin Commander Aircraft has created a training program for technicians to streamline the airframe structural inspections required by the bulletin. Those who complete the SB241 training class will be able to inspect and modify the above aircraft to meet the new requirements.

"The service bulletin inspection requires a great deal of skill and attention to detail to be properly performed,” said Twin Commander Aircraft President Matt Isley. "As we have seen in the past, significant damage can be done to the airframe, which can go undetected for a long period of time, due to improper modification. It is for this reason that we have recommended this work be done only by those shops that have received the proper factory training."

Isley added that Twin Commander Aircraft will provide "a comprehensive and practical learning experience" to ensure aircraft will continue flying for decades.

The class is two days and will be taught by Michael Grabbe, who has been with Twin Commanders Aircraft since 1974 and is a technical adviser at Eagle Creek Aviation Services. It begins with an overview of the service bulletin, examination of provided drawings and group discussions on potential problems that could be encountered upon modification of aircraft. In order to pass the class, participants must pass a graded exam. Upon completion of the course, technicians will be issued a CD with the presentation as a reference, a copy of the service bulletin, a PDF of relevant drawings and associated publications.

Tecnam and Bose team up
Once their planes are modified in accordance with the service bulletin, pilot's should know that Tecnam recently signed a cooperation agreement with Bose, in order to offer Tecnam customers the Bose A20 aviation headset.

“The Bose A20 Aviation Headset is undoubtedly the best active noise reduction aviation headset in its class,’’ said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam’s managing director. ‘’I am delighted to be able to establish this close cooperation agreement with Bose. Bose are a perfect fit for customers choosing Tecnam’s wide range of high-quality, affordable and innovative aeroplanes.”

Company officials added that the headset will be showcased on numerous single and twin engine demonstration aircraft, as well as in the Tecnam catalog.

Before taking to the skies with their new headsets and modified planes, pilots are encouraged to obtain pilot insurance to ensure their family's financial future is protected.

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