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.
Tonight I was ready to take another IMC lesson when the opportunity to take a real world lesson came about. Somebody needed a lift to Harwarden. It was suggested that I could combine my lesson with a lift and so the arrangements were quickly made.
We flew at 3000ft cleared through Liverpool zone, albeit with me wearing the foggles because for once in Lnacashire the cloud base was above 2000ft then were positioned towards the Kegun Intersection and then handed over to Harwarden approach who vectored us for an ILS. All went well and we landed soon after and disembarked our passenger.
On the return journey all was going well but a bit fast with 185 knots ground speed at standard cruise for an ILS to Blackpool and in all the excitement I forgot to ident the ILS and so I didnt intercept it properly until I relaised what had gone wrong and that although I had the frequency typed in I had not selected it. I must try harder was the report.
All in all a very enjoyable evening though with some beautiful flying conditions even though because I was practising IMC I didnt look out of the window, honest guv!
Wow that was quick. Already three pilots have come forwrd to be hirers of G-Fozz Beech Bonanza A36 so thats great news.
At last the Bonanza is available for rent. Details can be found on the main Beech Bonanza A36 Hire website
This time we are allowing only 5 renters so if you fancy it you need to contact me quickly as I think three places will have gone from the start.
Now my Bonanza A36 is back on the UK register as G-FOZZ I can resume my IMC training. Last night was booked for my first lesson and it truly was an IMC night together with cross-winds galore and much more.
The lesson went well (I think) with revision of the basic stuff and plenty of flying around Morecambe Bay and climbing up only to descend soon after and all without looking out the window. There wouldnt have been much point in any case as there was nothing to see.
Setting the Bonanza up for a slow cruise of 140knots we saw a ground speed of 206knots when going with the wind behind us! If we had gone at the Bonanzas max cruise (which I dont really do as it seems cruel) we would have had a ground speed in excess of 250Knots at 4000ft. Not bad but if we had gone anywhere too far north it would have taken a while to get back.
Great news at last. Its back in the air My Beech Bonanza A36 is as of last Friday airworthy again according to the CAA. I Went for a quick trip out of Blackpool and around Morecambe Bay climbing up to 8500 feet on Friday and then to Nottingham and back on Sunday. It is great to be back flying again in the Bonanza.
A little mishap delayed the air worthiness certificate for a week as the manual had a page missing that the CAA insist is there so that had to be flown in by DHL from the states but they lost the first one on the way. The second one arrived and it was finally signed off on Friday morning.
Flew to Nottingham today to take somebody back who had delivered a vehicle to me. 36 minutes from Blackpool in the Bonanza. Its really good to be back in the air.