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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, March 13, 2012


Bonanza A36 to Cumbernauld

I took the Bonanza to Cumbernauld near Glasgow today to attend a meeting.

There was a 2000ft cloud base at Cumbernauld but with some fairly hefty hills around there I had to plan my descent carefully. On the way back Blackpool had a 1000ft cloud base so I flew an ILS approach which was great. I don't often to that in anger.

I took a couple of pictures of mountain tops in the Lake District as I flew back and a video. It just shows off the beauty of flight when you can climb on top in perfectly still air. I really think us pilots are incredibly lucky to be able to do that.

and a video

I flew the Bonanza at 23/23, that's 2300rpm and 23 inches of manifold pressure. That's a mid cruise setting. My true air speed was 176 knots. I think in the video you can a CAS of 164 knots. I was at 5100ft and the air temperature was 11 degrees C. That's pretty impressive as the max cruise speed is supposed to be 176 knots at 6000ft although I think that is quoted fully laden but I was on my own today. Nonetheless a pretty impressive plane.

Also the take-off distance at Cumbernauld was only 303 metres without any flap and no short field techniques.

Saturday, March 03, 2012


New landing light (yet again)

We have just replaced the landing light for 10 millionth time at a cost of about £50. I have now ordered a new LED landing light which costs about £500 but lasts forever. I guess I should do the taxi light as well but maybe that can be done in the future.


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