Tag Archives: Bonanza

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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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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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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A Short Hop to Winter Haven


After hearing the sad news about the P-51 crash at Reno last night, it was time to go flying today. There was an impromptu fly-in of Beechcraft Bonanzas to the Winter Haven Airport (KGIF), 47 nm to the south of … Continue reading

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The Flying Businessman, circa 1953


Here is a short YouTube retro video clip from 1953 about the flying businessman. It profiles those who traveled commercial and air taxi, and those who learned to fly a private airplane for business purposes. If you watch closely you will see … Continue reading

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Confusion in the Pattern


Lately there have been some “lively” discussions regarding the lack of general aviation airmanship, on pilot blogs and local hangar flying sessions, but also from the FAA. The recent Nall Report on aviation safety does not paint a pretty picture with respect … 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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All Planes, All the Time


This post is for Baylie, our Golden, and the best dog ever. 1996-2011 I explained it to St. Peter, I’d rather stay here Outside the pearly gate. I won’t be a nuisance, I won’t even bark, I’ll be very patient … 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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