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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.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005


Nothing to do with a Beech Bonanza

I know this has nothing to do with owning and operating a Beech Bonanza but in a way it has.

Today I went to Turweston and back in the club TB10 which after a 1993 Beechcraft Bonanza A-36 is quite a culture shock. It did make me realise just how nice the Bonanza is and I think I had been taking it for granted. I promise Mr Bonanza I wont in the future. When I got back I sat in the Bonanza for 5 minutes just soaking up how beautifully laid out and constructed it is. I have no idea how it compares to flying lots of other types as I have only flown a few different planes. If I didn't have so many kids I would probably have bought a Cirrus anyway but if you get the chance just go flying in a post 1984 (nicer cockpit) Beech Bonanza A-36. For a light plane it seems they take a lot of beating. For Me the Bonanza is a thing of beauty. It stands tall and proud on the Apron. It is supremely practical with loads of room and back and the front and compares well against most other types for both looks and practicality I suspect. Its cockpit makes you feel like you are flying a really big plane too.

Sorry I got rambling there. If you can't fly a Bonanza then don't despair. Today I had one of the nicest days flying since I gained my PPL and it was in a TB10. Anyone who is lucky enough to gain a PPL should always appreciate just what a wonderful achievement it is and enjoy every minute of it. For me I am glad I have flown another type and despite its Frenchness it was good fun and took me safely to Turweston and back from my meeting and despite stopping for lunch and going a leisurely route back I was able to complete all this and get back home to the North of England before tea time. What a lucky people us pilots are.

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