Eagle Creek Aviation To Refurb Colombian Army Aircraft

 - February 2, 2011, 5:05 AM

The Colombian Army has contracted with Indianapolis-based Eagle Creek Aviation Services for Grand Renaissance refurbishment of a Twin Commander 980 and a Twin Commander 1000. Eagle Creek told AIN the project will take about 11 months and more than 14,000 man-hours. Eagle Creek plans to deliver one aircraft in August and the other in the fourth quarter. The Grand Renaissance program includes a comprehensive overhaul of systems and components. Each aircraft requires approximately six months to complete. It requires disassembly down to the aluminum shell and rebuilding the aircraft with new or overhauled components. Eagle Creek will also complete service bulletin work, an interior refurbishment and manage the exterior repainting of the two aircraft. An extensive avionics panel upgrade will equip both airplanes with dual Garmin G600 flight displays; Waas-enabled Garmin GNS530W and GNS430W navcom and GPS units; a Garmin GMA347 audio panel; a Garmin GTX330 transponder; a Garmin GWX68 radar; and Meggitt Avionics engine instrument display systems. The two refurbished Twin Commanders will provide the Colombian Army with both military executive transportation and medical evacuation lift.