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The Commander 114B

Country of origin  
United States of America

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Powerplants  
114B - One 195kW (260hp) Textron Lycoming IO540T4B5 fuel injected flat six piston engine driving a three blade constant speed McCauley propeller. 114TC - One 200kW (270hp) turbocharged and fuel injected TIO-540-AG1A.

Performance  
114B - Max speed 304km/h (164kt), cruising speed at 75% power 296km/h (160kt), economical cruising speed at 65% power 287km/h (155kt). Initial rate of climb 1070ft/min. Range at 75% power 1165km (630nm), range at 65% speed 1305km (705nm). Long range option 1640km (885nm). 114TC - Max speed 364km/h (197kt), cruising speed at 75% power 328km/h (177kt). Initial rate of climb 1050ft/min. Service ceiling 25,000ft. Range at 75% power 1240km (670nm), at 65% power 1445km (780nm).

Weights  
114B - Empty 927kg (2044lb), max takeoff 1475kg (3250lb). 114TC - Empty 1018kg (2245lb), max takeoff 1500kg (3305lb)

Dimensions  
Wing span 9.98m (32ft 9in), length 7.59m (24ft 11in), height 2.57m (8ft 5in). Wing area 14.1m2 (152sq ft).

Capacity  
Typical seating for four.

Production  
Production commenced in 1992, by late 1998 approximately 150 Commander 114Bs had been built. Production is running at around 15 units a year. Rockwell built over 1000 112s and 114s (described separately) for which Commander has service responsibility.

Type  
Four seat high performance light aircraft

History  

The Commander 114B is a new build, modernised development of the original Rockwell Commander 114.

The Rockwell Commander 114 was itself a more powerful development of the Commander 112 of 1970, one of only two new GA designs from Rockwell. Unfortunately for Rockwell, the 150kW (200hp) powered 112 was widely regarded as underpowered. To address concerns with the 112, Rockwell developed the 114 which incorporated a number of improvements plus most importantly a 195kW (260hp) six cylinder engine.

The 112 and 114 remained in production with Rockwell until 1979. In 1981 Rockwell's General Aviation Division was sold to Gulfstream Aerospace. Gulfstream held the manufacturing rights for the Commander family but never built the 112 or 114, instead selling the rights to the newly formed Commander Aircraft Company in 1988.

Under the Commander Aircraft Company's stewardship, the basic 114 design was improved and updated considerably. The main changes to the Commander 114B over the original 114 include a restyled engine cowling to reduce drag and other aerodynamic improvements, a quieter and more efficient three blade McCauley Black Mac propeller, and a new luxury leather and wool interior.

The revised Commander 114B was issued a new Type Certificate on May 4 1992 and production aircraft were delivered from later that year.

Apart from the 114B, Commander also offers the 114AT optimised for pilot training and the turbocharged 200kW (270hp) TIO540 powered 114TC, which entered service in 1995. A long range option for the 114B was announced in 1998.

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