Textron Aviation announced at Sun ‘n Fun a range of enhancements to the legendary piston aircraft lineup. Upgrades to the Beechcraft Baron and Beechcraft Bonanza will provide operators with more functionality and comfort as they fly a Continental powered piston aircraft.
Beechcraft pistons introduce multiple enhancements The new production Beechcraft Bonanza G36, powered by Continental’s IO-550-B, now offers a 155-pound increase to the maximum takeoff weight, giving the aircraft a maximum useful load of 1,213 pounds in its standard configuration with six seats.
In addition to the increased gross weight, new production Bonanzas, along with Beechcraft Baron G58 aircraft, will offer three new interior schemes and a new cockpit layout with a standalone autopilot controller. New Bonanzas and Bonanzas will also include a Garmin GI 275 electronic standby, a carbon monoxide detector integrated in the Garmin avionics system, USB ports at every seat, powered headset plugs in the cockpit, and updated LED exterior lighting for improved visibility. New models of each aircraft are anticipated to be delivering in mid-2022. The Baron G58 is powered by Continental’s IO-550-C with an output of 300hp.