Compare the fixed costs, variable cost, and performance of Beechcraft Bonanza A36 to over 500 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft, with accurate data from Conklin & de Decker.
The Beech Bonanza was initially introduced just after WWII. Compared to the strut-braced, fixed-gear Cessnas and the fabric-covered Pipers, the Bonanza was a real "hot rod" when it was introduced. Today, the Bonanza family continues its production into the 21st century.
The 36 series Bonanzas are regarded as some of the best single-engine piston aircraft ever made, with over 3,300 produced. While the Bonanza line had its beginnings in 1947, the Model 36 was introduced in 1968. The current production A36 was introduced in 1970. The Bonanza 36 started with a 285 hp Continental while the current production A36 boasts a 300 hp Continental engine.
The 36 series has a 10-inch longer cabin than the 35, giving it room for six seats. While short on baggage space, the cabin is considered comfortable. With a longer fuselage and traditional tail, the 36 series has a smoother ride than its V-tailed cousin. As with any high-performance single-engine airplane, the addition of optional equipment can quickly eat up available payload.
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