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.
This weekend one of the members of my group took the Bonanza for his first away day trip and chose to go to the Isles of Scilly. A beautiful place just about 25 miles off the tip of Cornwall. Unfortunately the Bonanza was not to return.........
...........well at least not the same day because the pilot was to suffer a blow out on the runway that made news on the Scilly Isles, blocking the runway for a while.
Unfortunately Scilly does not have a maintenance facility and not even the equipment to jack up the Bonanza so the pilot was forced to leave the plane parked safely and return to Blackpool via a combination of a helicopter, a train and a long car journey.
The Bonanza A36 is currently well and truly stuck just off the runway at St Mary's so if you see a Beechcraft Bonanza looking sorry for itself with a flat tyre down there you please tell it I still love it and will be down soon. :)
I have the pleasure of going down on Wednesday with the new tyre and a mechanic with the appropriate jack to change the wheel and then fly out of the 600 metre airport that serves these lovely islands.
I am however strangely looking forward to it. Its a great excuse to take a day off work and go flying. Best of all I am getting a lift down in a well equipped TB20.