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.
I have often considered adding a life raft to the G-FOZZ Bonanza inventory but have put it off for various reasons. I have flown literally hours over water, mostly across the sea around Morecambe Bay and across to Wales but only ever had life jackets onboard. As I have an upcoming flight to Jeresy next month I decided now was to the time to add a life raft. Actually you could say that "now" is actually seven years later than I should have done!
Anyway I purchased a Survival Products Inc 4-6 man life raft with a hood which weighs a total of 13lbs and is the size of a small box file. A little more peace of mind when crossing water I guess. The cost was approximately £1200 from Harry Mendlesshon.
We took the A36 for a jaunt today to West Wales Aberporth airfield. For those of you that have not been it is a lovely little airfield in would you believe West Wales!
They are an amazingly friendly bunch there. John who was on the radio today was a very pleasant man who helped us out with directions for our walk into Aberporth, cups of tea, biscuits and cakes. A truly great service.
Anyway back to the Bonanaza. As I said last time we had suffered a bit of rough running but since the new plugs etc this was the first time I had flown it and I have to say it is smoother now than it has been for years. I am not sure exactly what the problem was but it started like a dream which is not common for G-FOZZ and I was able to lean it both rich and lean of peak amazingly smoothly. Obviously something was wrong previously and that something has been fixed!