Entries by Mark

Woodward Synchronizer / Synchrophaser Systems

Beginning in the early 1960’s Woodward supplied synchronizer systems, and later synchrophaser systems to a multitude of aircraft manufacturers. Numerous conversion companies, FBO’s, and owners also upgraded twins by installing this equipment under STC. This lead to multiple combinations of components used on hundreds of models of aircraft. These systems have their own unique characteristics both […]

Aircraft Synchronizers vs. Synchrophasers

Aircraft multi-engine applications usually use an automatic system to match either engine or propeller speeds, or propeller phase. These systems are referred to as either synchronizer or synchrophaser systems respectively. This discussion explains the differences and the similarities of each from a reference point of former Woodward supplied systems. Woodward was once the predominant sync […]

Aero Commander 560-A | Twin Bed Comfort
(circa 1955)

Longer – Roomier – More Comfortable Twin-bed comfort is but one of the flexibility features made possible by the longer, roomier cabin of the new 5-7 place Aero Commander 560-A. The optional hassock seat unfolds in seconds to provide a seat back, a chaise lounge or a comfortable bed for the flying executive.

Aero Commander | Featured in Esso Aviation Products
(circa 1955)

Cargo: One Engineer and Slide Rule Mr. M. is on his way to solve a difficult production problem at a plant 700 miles from his home office. His company plane will get him there fast, comfortably and free of restricting schedules. He’ll set down at one of over 600 Esso Dealer Airports, where he can […]

Cessna 310 | Fastest Business Twin
(circa 1955)

First Businessliner boasting a top speed of over 220 m.p.h., Cessna’s new 5-place 310, with space for 200 lbs. luggage, sets new standards as the… Fastest Business Twin (circa 1955) Speed with a purpose Two 240 h.p. engines give the 310 a cruising speed over 205 m.p.h., make it the fastest executive twin. Airplane’s primary […]