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This is the story of owning and operating a 1993 Beech Bonanza A36 in the UK and some of its adventures and flights. I have owned this plane for over six years now.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005


Quick Hour Flight and Dodgy Hobbs Meter

It was a wonderfully clear day today and I couldnt resist a quick hour in the Bonanza so I trooped off to Blackpool in my lunch hour (and a half) and took N345SF up around Blackpool for a climb to 5000 feet and then spent 30 minutes testing some new things I had learned on the Garmin 430 trainers on the real thing.

Then a couple of test landings to see how quickly I could stop. With full tanks but just me on board I was able to touch down at sixty knots with a bit of stall warner and stop in 100 metres. Very impressive as my landings are usually much longer.

Also managed a TAS of 185 Knots and over 205 Knots ground speed. Just wonderful.

Finally checked my Hobbs meter times when I landed because I use this for billing my hirers but had suspected it wasnt entirely correct and it had recorded exactly half an hour time but I had been 48 minutes from start up. As I suspected this Hobbs meter is only wired to start recording on take off. My hirers have kept quiet about that one! Maybe I will keep quiet when it is fixed to record properly from startup. Saying that I will have to allow taxi time then so its not that much difference I suppose.

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