How many active 520's are out there? I dont think I've run across a single Model 520 since I started flying this one almost 5 years ago.
She's down right now for engine work. Just finished New LE FWF by Central Cyl in Omaha...
After a couple flights with the new LE, trying to make the RE last a bit longer, blew a cylinder
so I ordered a set of brand new original cyls from factory for the RE.
Almost finished and should be back in the air in 10 days.
Its my first Commander and I've learned to love flying it. Twins prior to this were BE 58, BE 55, BE 58P, BE 18-D, and now AC52/G. The 520 is as much fun as the Beech 18 and not near the work when you are in a hurry to get going.
Always before, the deal killer for a Commander was T-hangar compatability. NOT.
Installed Gary Gadberry's flap/gap seals and picked up about 10 kts....I get a solid 160 to 165 kts cruise at around 30 GPH.
Not so sure about the auto lean feature. That's new to me.
Have logged around 650 hrs on the bird so far and sill learning.
530/WAAS, Aspen center display, S-TEC 50 w/alt, Arctic Air Ice AC, radome nose but removed the radar...with the Stormscope 500A displayed on the 530 and xm wx on the Garmin 495, radar becomes a boat anchor. Full copilot panel. Its a well equipped old bird.
Currently 20 hrs monthly.