Long Ranger Extended Fuel Mod
Safety, Special Mission Profile, Increased Range,
Increase Capacity by 67 Gallons, New Total Fuel
Capacity Goes to 223 US Gallons
How many times have your filed your flight plan to your destination only to find that it is forty five minutes further than you can safely fly without running dangerously low on fuel? Aircenter, Inc.'s new Extended Range Fuel Mod now enables you to safely fly for over SIX hours - NON STOP at 75% cruise power.
If you have a special mission for your Aero Commander or just want the peace of mind knowing you have more than enough fuel for those trips where unexpected head winds slow you down, our Long Ranger fuel mod is the answer. Normal range of the 500B/U/S series Aero Commander is slightly over 850 nautical miles. With the Long Ranger extended fuel mod, it will add an additional 340 nautical miles range or two additional hours of endurance to your flight plan profile at 75% power. This gives you an extra margin of safety when flying over water or mountains, in-between fuel stops or for longer trips with legal IFR reserves. If you frequently land short of your long distance flights, you will appreciate the added range that Aircenter, Inc.'s Long Ranger extended fuel mod can provide.
The Long Ranger fuel mod requires no additional fuel switches or boost pumps. All additional extended fuel flows direct to the center fuel sump. Think of it as having extended range fuel tanks. The Aero Commander 500B, 500U and 500S Shrikes are approved under our STC No. SA 2826SW. Our Long Ranger fuel tanks are made of proven vulcanized synthetic rubber construction; built this way to provide years of trouble free use. The four bladders (two in each wing, just outboard of the engine nacelles) are totally contained within the wings and install though two small holes in each bay. The Long Ranger fuel cells are factory new and carry a five year warranty. Aircenter, Inc. can perform your wing spar inspection at a competitive price while your fuel tanks are removed in conjunction with the installation of our extended fuel mod. Aircenter, Inc.'s Flap Gap Seals can also be installed, giving your Aero Commander even more range due to the extra six knots of cruise speed it gains from aero dynamic clean up. Your aircraft must be equipped with an approved electronic fuel computer or one can be added during the installation of the Long Ranger mod.
The extended range tanks are filled externally and are interconnected to the existing fuel system which creates a passive system requiring no additional action on the part of the pilot, no switches to flip, no complex tank management, and no extra lights or gauges to worry with. Because our tanks do not feed the engines directly; they are not auxiliary tanks in the usual sense. The aux fuel is transferred directly into the main center tank sump from each aux tank by gravity, eliminating costly fuel boost pump replacement. There are no aux fuel tank switches to be activated or replaced. Just fill up the tanks, program your fuel computer and take off. Just think about it: Chicago non stop to Miami , New York to Fort Lauderdale ; Miami to San Juan , Puerto Rico, without stopping at Grand Turk; Houston to Palm Springs . Take advantage of tail winds and set your mind at ease on those IFR flights when the requirements for an alternate make it difficult. The Long Ranger fuel mod makes those alternates well within range.
Your Aero Commander actually becomes faster on long cross country flights, eliminating the need for additional fuel stops. On the average, it adds an hour to your flight when you have to descend from altitude and land for additional fuel. Take advantage of low fuel prices. With the Long Ranger fuel mod you can tanker fuel from your home base.
Since letdown for refueling and climb back up to cruise altitude makes up some of the most detrimental engine time, our extended range tanks can contribute significantly to longer engine life. They also contribute to greater flight scheduling flexibility and provided that all important margin of safety.
Call today and order our Long Ranger extended fuel system STC. Aircenter, Inc. can arrange for pick up and delivery of your Aero Commander with a minimum of down time during installation. We have sold or modified more piston powered Aero Commander's than anyone in the world. If you are interested in "MOD'S TO MAKE YOU GO," give us a call. All Aircenter, Inc.'s STC's have been FAA tested and approved with PMA authority. This kit can be installed at our authorized installation center or can be installed by your favorite Twin Commander Service Center . Our installation team can be dispatched to do the installation at your home base.
For more information on this modification, contact Gary L. Gadberry.