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Built by the Aero Design and Engineering Company in the late 1940s, the Aero Commander 500 is the first in a series of light-twin piston-engined aircraft. The Commander 500S is powered by two Lycoming IO-540-E1B5 engines. The cruise speed is 155 kts, the stall speed is 59 kts, and the range is 860 miles. The empty weight is 4,635 lbs and the gross weight is 6,750 lbs.