ABS MagazineDecember, 2013
In this Month's issue...
Test fly a Beechcraft with the ABS Ambassador program.
The first time you fly a Bonanza, Debonair, Baron or Travel Air, you’ll be hooked. You’ll know Beechcraft is the airplane brand for you! If you’re a serious prospective airplane owner with a current pilot certificate and medical, you can arrange to test-fly a Beechcraft through the ABS Ambassador Program. You’ll get a front-seat experience that will convince you that a Bonanza, Debonair, Baron or Travel Air is the right choice for you. Your Ambassador will decide how long or short the orientation flight will be, who covers what costs, and all other details of the flight.
Buying a Beechcraft: Cost Evaluator
October 2013 ABS Magazine article by Henri Florentini: the expanded, unedited version
Henri's airplane cost evaluator spreadsheet (Excel download with his permission for your use)
Use the combined experience of the ABS Technical Advisors to help find the airplane that's right for you. The ABS Prepurchase Survey Checklist gives you and your mechanic a checklist to review aircraft paperwork, conduct a prepurchase insepction, and take an evaluation flight of what may soon be your own Beech airplane.
Know what you're buying with the ABS Prepurchase Survey Checklist.
Here a list of prepurchase inspection facilities reported by ABS members. ABS does not specifically endorse any of these facilities.
Checking out in your Beechcraft
The American Bonanza Society Air Safety Foundation highly encourages pilots receiving initial checkout work with a flight instructor knowledgeable about the specific make and model. Resources include the Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program (BPPP), a wholly owned subsidiary of the ABS Air Safety Foundation, and individual BPPP instructors. See www.BPPP.org for training dates and locations, and contact information for BPPP-standardized CFIs.
Frequently an airplane purchase does not coincide with a BPPP training date or location, or for any number of reasons a new owner/pilot is unable to schedule training with a Beech-knowledgeable instructor. For that event we have created this training outline for pilots and their local instructors to address the most vital topics and operations during the critical initial checkout. This outline is not intended as a substitute for a thorough checkout by an instructor knowledgeable about the specific make and model and its current operations. This outline cannot address all topics, and the ABS-ASF and BPPP cannot be responsible for providing timely updates on information contained in this Guide. A necessary, thorough avionics checkout is outside the scope of this Guide because of the wide variety of avionics installed in individual aircraft.
We strongly encourage pilots to complete their type-specific checkout at the next BPPP Initial Training event in their area, then attend BPPP Recurrent Training annually as part of an aeronautical lifelong learning program.
Normally aspirated Models S35 V35 V35A V35B C33A E33A E33C F33A F33C 36 A36 G36
Additional supporting links and downloads:
- BPPP - Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program
- ABS AVIATOR program
- Conduct an Airworthiness Directives or Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin search for your aircraft
- Spar web inspection AD95-04-03 and MSB 2360 (pre-June 2004)
- V-Tail Fact Sheet for the S35 through V35B
- Model 33 and 36 Rudder Spar Inspection AD
- Kinds of Operations and Equipment List (KOEL)
- How to Use Performance Charts
- How to Make Weight and Balance Calculations
- Are You Prepared for an Electrical Fire?
- Demonstrating the Spiral Tendency and Recovery
- Demonstrating the Power-Off Glide
- Manual Landing Gear Extension
Guides for other Beech variants are in development. Watch www.Bonanza.org for announcements as new ABS/BPPP Guides to Initial Pilot Checkout become available.