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This is the story of owning and operating a 1993 Beech Bonanza A36 in the UK and some of its adventures and flights. I have owned this plane for nearly six years now.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005


Bonanza A-36 fails flight test

Last Friday an engineer was scheduled to complete a final flight test of the Bonanza G-FOZZ so that it could be put on the G register.

I understand from Pool Aviation that after much reading of the POH the flight test commenced and was going swimmingly until the pilot tried to raise the gear during a low power run. The gear wouldnt go up and so the pilot decided that there may be a lnading gear problem and declared and emergency and landed the plane safely. The engineers at Pool Aviation were left scratching their heads and wondering what had gone wrong as there had never been a fault before.

Suddenly somebody realised that the landing gear on Bonanza's (or at least on this vinatge A36 Bonanza) will not raise when lower power settings are selected. This is a safety device to stop people raising the gear inadvertently when they are coming into to land.

The engineer was called and agreed that this was a mistake and a new flight test is due to take place today hopefully. If the plane passes the test then there will be some final paperwork to do and then G-FOZZ should be back in the air at long last.

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