Creedmoor, NC – In 1996 Twin Commander Aircraft announced that it was expanding its annual Service Center Symposium to include a two-day owner/operator conference. Set for September in Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado, the conference was dubbed the University Program. It would feature an “action-packed” agenda focused on “disseminating current and technical information designed to make your experience with the Twin Commander safer and more productive.”
The program would center on “advanced seminars on pilot proficiency, powerplant maintenance, old and new systems in the airframe, safety concerns, and new products that can enhance your flying.” Presentations would be made by representatives from authorized service centers, the factory, engineers, key system vendors, and owners.
“The inaugural edition of the Twin Commander University delivered on those promises, setting a standard that has defined every such event,” commented Twin Commander Aircraft President Matt Isley. “Now, 17 years after that seminal conference, we look forward to the 2013 Twin Commander University in the venue that has proven to the most popular over the years – Scottsdale, Arizona.”
The University will take place April 25-27 at the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains.
“As in 1996, the 2013 edition will have an action-packed agenda of seminars on pilot proficiency, powerplant maintenance, safety concerns, and new products, among other topics, Isley said. “As in 1996, we will have representatives on hand from authorized service centers, the factory, engineers, and key system vendors, and we’ll have scores of owners and operators flying to Scottsdale from around the country.” The University typically attracts a number of Commander owners and operators from overseas as well.
Why the sustained interest in and success of the University over the years? Consistency, for one. “It was founded on two simple objectives -- to learn something from each other about the airplanes we operate, maintain, and support, and also to enjoy a few days in the company of friends and colleagues in a nice setting,” Isley explained. “We’ve always approached University planning with those goals top of mind, and we’ve been gratified with the response.
“I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised. Pilots and aircraft owners are voracious consumers of information that they think will help them do a better job of flying and caring for their aircraft. As long as we hew to the University’s founding principle – disseminating current and technical information designed to make your experience with the Twin Commander safer and more productive – I’m confident that when the class bell rings in Scottsdale in April, the seats will be filled.”