Milton Shupe of the Dash 7 Project announces the release of the Aero Commander 680 Super, the third of a series of Twin Commanders in the works for FS2002 (standard or pro editions). The AC680S is available in two versions, with and without a virtual cockpit. Each version has three paint schemes rendered in multilayered detail by André Folkers. Scott Thomas, who did the Dash 7 and AC520/560 panels, graces the AC680S with two great era-correct panels. The virtual cockpit panels, which do not suffer the restrictions of the 2D window, spread the gauges over more realistic layouts.
The AC680S has been designed using specs from original factory engineering drawings, and technical advice and support of the Twin Commander Flight Group, a consortium of Commander owners, pilots, and Twin Commander aviation buffs. The AC680 Supercharged Commander cruises at 210 MPH. The "hand-flyer" flight dynamics were blessed by Commander owners and real world pilots.
The AC680S comes in three special paint schemes. The "Ike" is the likeness of the first U.S. Presidential aircraft to carry the traditional Air Force 1 blue and white scheme and was patterned after the "real McCoy" sitting in a museum in Dayton, Ohio. The Pegasus also represents a real world 680S purchased by the Magnolia Pipe Line Co. which later changed it's name to Mobil Pipe Line Co. This highly polished aluminum finish was common among early Twin Commanders and user-driven paint schemes were also common. Each version comes with correct panels and models representing their real world counterparts.
Milton Shupe, Scott Thomas, and André Folkers