It’s an iconic airplane that is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.
About 17,500 Bonanzas have been produced over the past seven decades, with production still continuing, but at a much lower rate. In 2016, 25 Bonanzas were produced by Textron Aviation, which bought the Beechcraft brand in 2014.
The Bonanza is also a plane that its owners are passionate about and fiercely loyal to. But what feeds that passion? [Read more…]
As the Bonanza celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, there’s another big celebration in the works: The 50th anniversary of the American Bonanza Society (ABS).
ABS officials are planning an “epic” event in September to commemorate the Golden Anniversary in — where else? — Wichita, where the Bonanza was born seven decades ago.
“We call the gatherings the Beech homecoming,” noted Paul Damiano, ABS president. [Read more…]
I earned my multi-engine rating in a 1973 Beechcraft Baron E55 and flew a few hundred hours in it. For that reason, if I see a Baron G58 on a ramp – or at a fly-in – I have to go look.
Admittedly, I have a soft spot for that particular line of twins. The room, comfort and look all appeal to me. That’s what makes having so many options in general aviation so cool. It is hard to find an aircraft that doesn’t fit your personal preference.
And when I look at Diamond’s DA62, I’m more than intrigued. I’ve yet had the opportunity to go for a flight, but much about the design is appealing. The 1,004-pound full fuel payload and the 9 gph max endurance cruise fuel burn cause me to tilt my held like a curious puppy. One of the G58’s IO-550-Bs using lean-of-peak procedures will get close to 9 gph, but you still have to feed the other -550. [Read more…]
WICHITA – Textron Aviation has launched its Peace of Mind program, which provides up to two years or 400 hours of Textron Aviation’s ProParts and ProTech programs, as well as Pratt & Whitney’s ESPecially engine maintenance program, all free of charge for new King Air (pictured) and Caravan turboprop purchases from July 25, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2016, with delivery by the end of the year. [Read more…]
Although you’d expect the Beechcraft Heritage Museum to be in Wichita, Kansas, the “Air Capital of the World” and home of the Beech factory since 1932, it’s located 825 statute miles to the southeast in the small town of Tullahoma, Tennessee.
Founded in 1973 by a group of Beechcraft Staggerwing enthusiasts, the privately funded facility has developed into a world-class museum dedicated to preserving the history of the iconic Beech Aircraft brand, long known for quality and performance. [Read more…]