1962 P35 Bonanza

  • Continental IO-470-N (260 hp)
  • Beech 278 Propeller
  • Garmin GNS 430 GPS
  • Garmin MX 20 MFD
  • Garmin GTX 330ES Transponder
  • S-Tec 60-2 Autopilot with GPSS
  • EI UBG-16 Digital Engine Monitor
  • EI R-1 Digital Tachometer
  • EI M-1 Digital Manifold Pressure
  • EI FP-5L Digital Fuel Flow Computer
  • EI MUX-8A Data Recorder
  • King KN-62A DME
  • PS Engineering PM3000 Intercom
  • Narco CP-136 Audio Panel
  • Rosen Visors
  • 114 Gallons Usable Fuel (74 mains / 40 tips)

The First 150 Days – Part Two

In this second installment reflecting on my first 150 days a new Bonanza owner, I am going to focus on the joy and benefit of owning this airplane. In Part One, I talked about the maintenance issues that are inevitable in any aircraft ownership experience. However, it was not meant to be a “Debbie Downer”. In fact, the entire ownership experience, including working through maintenance issues, has been nothing but exhilarating and rewarding. I feel fortunate that I was able to find an airplane within my budget that had been, for the most part, well cared for over the years. I am able to fly with my family on board and have confidence that the aircraft is not just barely airworthy, but in fine mechanical condition.  Continue Reading >>

The First 150 Days – Part One

This past weekend on September 29, 2018 marked the completion of 150 days as the proud owner of N62BS, my 1962 Beech Bonanza. Since acquiring the airplane, I have had the opportunity fly it just a bit over fifty hours. As luck would have it, the weather has been most uncooperative ever since I brought the airplane home resulting in the cancellation of several planned family trips (my wife and daughter are strictly “fair weather” passengers). This article details my experiences as a new aircraft owner with emphasis on two areas of general interest to new or prospective airplane owners – the cost of ownership and the benefits of ownership. Continue Reading >>

Searching for the Perfect Bonanza

For many years I have considered the advantages that owning a personal aircraft might provide and about five years ago, I set a personal goal of owning an aircraft by the time I was fifty years old. I joked many times with my wife that when I had my mid-life crisis, it would be an airplane, not a sports car or a mistress, that would steal my heart. However, buying an airplane is an important investment decision and a task that should not be taken lightly. The process of actually locating and acquiring that perfect aircraft can be overwhelming. Continue Reading >>

Cross Country in a Bonanza

After acquiring N62BS, I had the wonderful opportunity to fly the airplane from its previous home near Sacramento, California all the way across the United States to Allentown, Pennsylvania. The combination of a new, unfamiliar airplane along with changing weather conditions and the promise of crossing the continental divide at night would definitely require thorough preparation. This would be the longest flight I had ever made in a single-engine airplane and I spent several weeks preparing for what would be a very memorable two-day journey which I have detailed below. Continue Reading >>