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 company became the Aero Commander company in 1950. The Commander 680FLP is powered by two Lycoming IGSO-540-B1A engines. The cruise speed is 208 kts, the stall speed is 71 kts, and the range is 1,139 miles. The empty weight is 5,600 lbs and the gross weight is 8,500 lbs.