Tag Archives: Beechcraft

GAMI #2 Baffle Cooling Kit


I fly behind an IO-550 Continental engine. Last year I had the GAMI #6 cooling baffle kit installed. This is an aftermarket kit that keeps the front left cylinder cool on climb out, especially on warm days. Temps dropped an … Continue reading

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Rejected Take Off


I was on my take off roll in the A-36 when I saw this indication on my Insight G-2 graphic engine monitor. So I aborted and coasted to the end of the runway and taxied off. The EGT on the … Continue reading

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Evening Flight Over Florida


A business trip took me to south Florida in the Bonanza this week; a quick down and back to Ft. Lauderdale. (KFXE) On the return flight home, I had planned to be back in the air in order to land before dark … Continue reading

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Mountain Flying Into Asheville, NC


With the cooler mountain weather, it was time for our annual pilgrimage to Western North Carolina. There is nothing prettier than the southern Appalachian mountains in the Fall. Some of my earliest memories are of family visits to Tweetsie Railroad, … Continue reading

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Vintage Beechcraft Bonanza Video


Amazing to see these original videos of the classic Beechcraft Bonanza. Even more amazing, all of these aircraft were designed by a group of engineers in Wichita with nothing more than a slide ruler. To this day, there is nothing near as beautiful as an … Continue reading

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The NBAA Visits Orlando


In November, The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) held its annual convention in Orlando, Florida. I managed to sneak out of work early on a warm, Thursday afternoon and visited the NBAA flight-line at Orlando Executive Airport, KORL. There were … Continue reading

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Every Pilot’s Fantasy: Twins!


Well, maybe not those twins. But, after obtaining their Single Engine/Instrument ticket, many pilots lust for the multi-engine rating, knowing full well that it requires the net worth of a Rockefeller to own and feed a twin-engine aircraft. If you want … Continue reading

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Chasing Tail


Most people think the V-tail empennage was invented by, or unique to, Beechcraft Bonanza airplanes. Not true. The first V-tailed Bonanza did not roll off the assembly line until 1946. It was in 1930 that a Polish engineer named Jerzy Rudlicki created … Continue reading

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Panel Evolution of the Beechcraft Bonanza


  The basic BE33-35 Bonanza has not changed much since its invention, in the sense that the aircraft was completely redesigned. It has the same NACA 2300 series wing airfoils that came off the assembly line in 1947. Yes, there … Continue reading

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Grounded!


Well, at least temporarily. It happens every year as the plane goes in for its annual checkup. As a result of taking my A36 to the American Bonanza Society Service Clinic in Palm Beach last month, I brought back a … Continue reading

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