Fuji/Rockwell Commander 700/710

1975

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Fuji/Rockwell Commander 700/710

Fuji Heavy Industries of Japan began design of this pressurized wide-body twin engine business aircraft in 1971 as part of a diversification programme for their general aviation aircraft line. Three years later the company entered into an agreement with Rockwell International's General Aviation Division whereby the American company would share development, and would assume responsibility for marketing the aircraft in the US.

Six development and certification prototypes were planned, three in each country. The prototype Fuji FA-300 flew for the first time on November 13, 1975; the first Rockwell-assembled Model 700 made its first flight on February 25, 1976, and following US FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) certification in 1977, the aircraft replaced the heavier Commander 685 on the Rockwell production line.

With its capacious fuselage the Rockwell 700 offers an uncommonly roomy cabin for 6 to 7 passengers, with comfort rivalling that of larger aircraft. The pressurization system maintains sea level altitude conditions to 3810m and provides an 1830m cabin environment to 6100m. Customer deliveries began behind schedule late in 1978, but the well engineered airframe proved heavy and underpowered with the 340hp Lycoming piston engines, and, with a full load of passengers, range was severely compromised for all but short-haul journeys. The fuselage is constructed mainly from aluminium alloy and the tail unit has swept-back vertical surfaces and shallow dorsal fin. There is a built-in airstair in the left side of the fuselage. In Japan an uprated 450hp version known as the Fuji FA-300 Kai (Rockwell 710) made its first flight on December 22, 1976 and has since appeared with a number of modifications, including Whitcomb winglets. Rockwell have not taken up their option to produce this aircraft.

By early 1980 deliveries of Rockwell 700s had totalled only 29 aircraft, and the American company announced the termination of its joint development and marketing agreement. Rockwell have continued to support Model 700 operators and have continued to assemble from existing shipsets of Japanese components during 1980, but any future production will be concentrated in Japan.

Bill Gunston "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Commercial Aircraft", 1980

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Fuji/Rockwell Commander 700/710A three-view drawing (1800 x 906)

Specification 
 CREW1
 PASSENGERS6
 ENGINE2 x 340hp Avco Lycoming TIO-540-R2AD turbocharged flat-six engines
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight3151 kg6947 lb
  Empty weight2134 kg4705 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan12.94 m42 ft 5 in
  Length12.03 m39 ft 6 in
  Height4.05 m13 ft 3 in
  Wing area18.6 m2200.21 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed409 km/h254 mph
  Range2226 km1383 miles

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Tim Cone, e-mail, 27.10.2017 22:20

Hello,

Just got my hands on sn17. Great flying airplane. Please cone me if you have information regarding parts availability.

Thanks,
Tim
(559)352-6145

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Lleland, e-mail, 15.01.2017 05:56

Brent Miskuski, please contact Leland @ 252-207-7933 looking for 700 parts

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Jody Midgette, e-mail, 10.01.2017 06:35

I own N99RG. Bought it in 2006. Love the large cabin. Still very low total air time but getting tough to find parts. Windshield has been cloudy since purchased 10 years ago but time to replace. Anyone have a windshield for it? Email or cell 252-202-5500

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Brent Miskuski, e-mail, 30.08.2016 09:36

Email: centralaircharters@telus.net

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Brent Miskuski, e-mail, 30.08.2016 09:35

I have a complete 700 for sale for parts, 1 /2 time engines props avionics windshield ect. Plus a stash of spares including manuals poh ect.
Email me with any needs you may have.

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Angie, e-mail, 20.06.2016 19:00

Hi Im looking for Commander 700 seal door, does anybody have this part??? My email is: angie198@hotmail.com. PLEASE LET ME KNOW...

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Yves Lessard, e-mail, 28.10.2015 11:45

Does anybody know where I could find an electronic version of the POH and the aircraft manuel?

Thank you in advance.

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Scott Boyd, e-mail, 18.04.2015 04:09

An old King Air, C-425 or Cheyenne would make a lot more sense to me. Much more dependable engines, you don't change oil every 100 hours, much better performance and single engine capability.

Turbine engines basically work like any engine, starting is flipping a couple of switches rather then juggling throttles and mixtures.

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Anil Kumar, e-mail, 17.04.2015 13:16

I wanted to know about actuator specs (like speed i.e delt_dot of actuates and sensore noise characterstics.

Thank you
Anil Kumar
DRDO

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Clyde, e-mail, 05.01.2015 04:40

Gentlemen, have been looking at pressurized twins for some time. Very well versed in piston twins but never any pressurized ones, just turbines and jets. Looking for one and came across the 700. Geared engines are a drawback so direct drive is preferable. Be flying from the Reno area West to Northern California and East to Denver, 4 to 6 people (little more than the FAA average) would be the norm. Am I looking at the wrong airplane? Thank you...

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Scott Boyd, e-mail, 12.09.2014 02:49

It would be a very nice plane, with turbine engines. The engines are a pain and gas is expensive and more and more rare.

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Maurice, e-mail, 11.09.2014 21:06

I'm interested in acquiring a Commander 700. Roger Battistoni, I would appreciate hearing the good and bad on the 700. Any pilot with experience on the aircraft can respond. What is the operating cost per hour in US dollars?
Any problems with engines? Performance? Interior noise issues?
Any other pertinent information would be appreciated.

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Roy Arnold, e-mail, 09.05.2014 16:42

I'm considering a 700 for my charter business for short leg [150nm or less] missions. Can I get some feedback on reliability and on sound levels in the passenger compartment; other factors I should consider?

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Stan, e-mail, 02.10.2013 05:20

I am supposed to start flying one this friday anyone know of any way to possibly get a poh for it?

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Stan, e-mail, 02.10.2013 05:17

I am supposed to start flying one this friday anyone know of any way to possibly get a poh for it?

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Karen, e-mail, 05.09.2013 19:29

Does anyone have or know where i can purchase windshields for commander 700?

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Brent Miskuski, e-mail, 03.08.2013 17:13

Looking for a left hand windshield for a 700. (glass / heated).
I own serial # 70027 & 70005.

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Mark, e-mail, 12.07.2013 07:56

I need a pilot window and airconditioner door motor.

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John M, e-mail, 19.11.2012 22:54

I have some (Rockwell - Fuji) Commander 700 parts - contact me with your needs. Cell Ph: 440-221-9031.

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zhaoman, 21.06.2011 06:34

Write me for parts, i'm taking my plane apart and i will provide most of the parts you need.

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