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The Luxury Sedan

Sep 1, 2005
Outside Magazine
Beechcraft Bonanza G36

Beechcraft Bonanza G36    Photo: Christopher Griffith

FULLY LOADED: Beechcraft Bonanza G36 This is one spiffy ride, boasting leather upholstery, a mahogany-trimmed snack table, a digital audio entertainment system, and an optional satellite weather-monitoring system. Bonanza pilots appreciate the trimmings but really love the handling and reliability. "It has an unparalleled combination of consistent quality and handling characteristics that make it so enjoyable to fly," says Tom Turner, 44, the technical-services manager for the American Bonanza Society. Beechcraft has been perfecting its formula for a long time; introduced in 1947, the Bonanza has been in production for more than five decades—one of the longest pedigrees in aviation. The plane also offers one of the largest cabins in its class, with generous headroom and 137 cubic feet of total interior volume. And with removable cabin seats—so you can swap out passengers for duffel bags—the Bonanza is an outstanding gear hauler. Maximum cruising speed: 176 knots (203 mph) Maximum range: 922 nautical miles (1,061 miles) Capacity: Pilot plus five passengers carrying Capacity, including fuel: 1,133 pounds Flight time, San Francisco to Reno: 57 minutes Bonus: Starting in 2006, the onboard Garmin GPS-and-avionics system will include a terrain-and-obstacle-warning feature; fly too close to mountains or buildings and the onscreen map will turn yellow, then red. $690,910;

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