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Beechcraft 36 Bonanza

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A36


The single-engine Model 36 Bonanza was introduced in 1968 to compete with Piper’s Cherokee Six and the 200-series from Cessna. The A36 was developed by lengthening (0.25m) the fuselage of the Model 33, and using the same wing, landing gear and Continental engine of the Baron family, and the tail unit of the Model 33. Six seats were available, and with club-seating arrangements and a foldout table, it became a flying office. In 1975, the A36 outsold all other Bonanza models for the first time.
With a longer cabin and wide double doors, the Bonanza A36 offers greater utility and convenience without sacrificing performance and economy. In 1977 the A36 was offered with factory-installed electric trim, formerly available only on aircraft equipped with an autopilot. The A36 accounted for 50% of the total Bonanza production in 1977, and that percentage increased in 1978. Beech added a turbocharged version of its Bonanza A36 in mid-1979. The aircraft is certified to a maximum operational altitude of 25,000 feet and has approximately the same takeoff distance as the A36. Power is supplied by a 300 hp Continental engine, which conforms to the minimum horsepower concept introduced on the Baron 58P and 58TC in 1977. The A36TC has a gross weight of 3,650 pounds, which is 50 pounds more than the standard A36. A shortened three-blade propeller reduces tip speed, increases ground clearance, and reduces noise.


Standard features on late models of both the normally aspirated and turbocharged versions are an extended rear compartment for up to 70 pounds of baggage, bringing the baggage total to 470 pounds with four seats occupied; 15-degree approach flap setting; and optional propeller anti-icing.


In 1982, Beechcraft replaced the A36TC with the B36TC Turbo Bonanza. The new design mated the longer Baron wing to the Model 36 fuselage, and fuel capacity was increased from 74 gallons to 102 gallons. Service ceiling for the A36TC and B36TC remained at 25,000 feet. Production of Model 36 Bonanzas totalled some 3,390 by early 1989. The final year of production for turbocharged Bonanzas was 2001. The B36TC’s production run ended in 2001.


Beginning in 2005, the six-seat Beech came to market with an all-glass panel.


Brief mention must be made of two military versions of the A36 Bonanza. Designated QU-22B, a number were provided with special avionics equipment under the USAF's 'Pave Eagle' programme. They were deployed in Vietnam to pick up and relay to a ground station the data transmitted from acoustic sensors. Intended to keep track of enemy movements in the dense jungle, the sensors were air-dropped along known or suspected transport routes.


To meet the requirements of the USAF's 'Pave Coin' competition, Beech developed a close-support two-seat armed version of the A36. Designated Model PD 249, this prototype was evaluated with a wide variety of weapons, carried on underwing racks that could accommodate loads of up to 535kg, but no production examples were built.

1975 A36 Bonanza
Engine: Continental IO-520-BA, 285 hp
TBO: 1700 hr
Fuel Type:100/100LL
Propeller type: McCauley CS
Landing Gear type: Tri./Retr.
Max ramp weight: 3612 lb
Gross weight: 3600 lb
Landing weight: 3600lb
Empty weight, std: 2096lb
Useful load, std: 1504 lb
Payload, full std. fuel: 1060 lb
Usable fuel: 74 US gal
Wingspan: 33 ft. 6 in.
Overall length: 27 ft. 6 in.
Height: 8 ft. 5 in.
Wing area: 181 sq. ft
Wing loading: 19.9 lbs./sq. ft
Power loading: 12.6 lbs./hp
Wheel base: 7 ft. 10 in.
Wheel size: 6.00 x 6 in
Seating capacity: 6
Cabin doors: 3
Cabin width: 42 in
Cabin height: 50 in
Baggage capacity:70 lb
Cruise speed 75% power @ 6,000 ft: 170kt
Cruise speed 65% power @ 10,000 ft: 162 kt
Cruise speed 45% power @ 12,000 ft: 148 kt
Max range (w/ res) 75% power: 694 nm
Max range (w/ res) 65% power 749 nm
Max range (w/ res) 45% power 769 nm
Fuel consumption 75% power: 15.2 USgph
Fuel consumption 65% power: 13.3 Usgph
Fuel consumption 45% power: 11.5 USgph
Stall speed (gear, flaps up): 63 kt
Stall speed (gear, flaps down): 53 kt
Best rate of climb: 1015 fpm
Best rate of climb (12,000 ft): 550 fpm
Service ceiling: 16,000 ft
Takeoff ground roll: 1257 ft
Takeoff over 50-ft. obstacle: 2167 ft
Landing ground roll: 833 ft
Landing over 50-ft. obstacle: 1575 ft

BE-A36
Engine: 1 x Continental IO-520-BB, 285 hp.
TBO: 1700 hr
Prop: McCauley 2 blade, constant speed 84 in
Seats: 4/6
Length: 27.5 ft
Height: 8.4 ft
Wingspan: 33.5 ft
Wing area: 181 sq.ft
Wing aspect ratio: 6.2
Max ramp wt: 3612 lb
Max take off wt: 3600 lb
Standard empty wt: 2195 lb
Max useful load: 1417 lb
Max landing wt: 3600 lb
Wing loading: 19.9 lbs/sq.ft
Power loading: 12.6 lbs/hp
Max useable fuel: 444 lb
Climb rate: 1030 fpm @ 96 kt
Climb gradient: 644 ft/nm
Rate of climb @ 8000 ft: 570 fpm
Service ceiling: 16,600 ft
Max speed: 179 kt
Cruise @ 65% power @ 8,000ft: 158 kt
Fuel flow @ 65% power @ 8,000ft: 79 pph
Endurance @ 65% power @ 8,000ft: 5.4 hr
Stalling speed clean: 62 kt
Stall speed gear/flaps down: 52 kt
Turbulent air penetration speed: 140 kt
Retractable nose wheel undercarriage

Beechcraft A36 Bonanza
Engine: Continental IO-550B, 300 hp
TBO: 2000 hr
Fuel type: 100/100LL
Propeller: CS
Landing gear type: Tri/Retr.
Max ramp weight: 3650 lb
Gross weight: 3650 lb
Landing weight: 3650 lb
Empty weight, std: 2247 lb
Useful load, std: 1403 lb
Payload, full std. fuel: 959 lb
Usable fuel, std: 74 US gal
Wingspan: 33 ft. 6 in.
Overall length: 27 ft. 6 in.
Height: 8 ft. 5 in.
Wing area:181 sq. ft
Wing loading: 20.2 lbs./sq. ft
Power loading: 12.2 lbs./hp
Wheel track: 7 ft. 1 in.
Wheel size: 6.00 x 6 in
Seating capacity: 6
Cabin doors: 2
Cabin width: 42 in
Cabin height: 50 in
Cruise speed: 169kt
Vs: 59 kt
Vso: 59 kt
Best rate of climb, SL:1210 fpm
Best rate of climb, 8000 ft: 800 fpm
Service ceiling: 18,500 ft.
Takeoff ground roll: 971 ft
Takeoff over 50-ft. obstacle:m1913 ft
Landing ground roll: 913 ft
Landing over 50-ft. obstacle: 1473 ft

BE-A36TC
First built in 1979
Engine: 1 x Continental TSIO-520-UB turbo charged, 300 hp
TBO: 1600 hr
Prop: McCauley 3 blade, constant speed 80 in
Seats: 4/6
Length: 27.5 ft
Height: 8.4 ft
Wingspan: 33.5 ft
Wing area: 181 sq.ft
Wing aspect ratio: 6.2
Max ramp wt: 3666 lb
Max take off wt: 3650 lb
Standard empty wt: 2278 lb
Max useful load: 1388 lb
Max landing wt: 3650 lb
Wing loading: 20.2 lbs/sq.ft
Power loading: 12.2 lbs/hp
Max useable fuel: 444 lb
Climb rate: 1165 fpm @ 110 kt
Climb gradient: 635 ft/nm
Rate of climb @ 8000 ft: 1070 fpm
Certificated ceiling: 25,000 ft
Max speed: 214 kt
Cruise @ 65% power @ 8,000ft: 161 kt
Cruise @ 65% pwr @ 18,000 ft: 175 kt
Fuel flow @ 65% power @ 18,000ft: 85 pph
Endurance @ 65% power @ 18,000ft: 5 hr
Stalling speed clean: 67 kt
Stall speed gear/flaps down: 57 kt
Turbulent air penetration speed: 139 kt
Retractable nose wheel undercarriage

2009 BONANZA G36
Engine: Continental IO-550-B, 300 hp
TBO: 1700 hr
Fuel type: 100LL
Propeller type: 3-blade, CS
Landing gear type: Tri./Retr.
Gross weight: 3650 lb
Empty weight, std: 2530 lb
Useful load, std: 1120 lb
Usable fuel, std: 74 US gal /444 lb
Payload, full std. fuel: 676 lb
Wingspan: 33 ft. 6 in.
Overall length: 27 ft. 6 in
Overall height: 8 ft. 7 in
Wing area: 181 sq. ft
Wing loading: 20.2 lbs./sq. ft
Power loading: 12.2 lbs./hp
Seating capacity: 6
Cabin doors: 3
Cabin width: 42 in
Cabin height: 50 in
Cruise speed 75% power, 6000 ft: 176 kt
Cruise speed 65% power, 10,000 ft.: 171 kt
Cruise speed 55% power, 10,000 ft.: 153 kt
Range 75% power, 6000 ft.: 671 nm
Range 65% power, 10,000 ft.: 775 nm
Range 55% power, 10,000 ft.: 916 nm
Best rate of climb, SL: 1230 fpm
Service ceiling: 18,500 ft
Vso : 59 kt
Takeoff ground rol: 1913 ft
Landing ground roll: 950 ft

 

 


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