The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!
Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team
Monday, March 20, 2017
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016: General Aviation - Beechcraft Baron
Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo
The long-serving Beechcraft Baron is a workhorse of the general aviation twin-engine piston fleet. Introduced in 1961, the six-seat Baron has developed through several model updates from the original Model 55 (modified Model 95 Travel Air) to the current G58 styling and powerplant standards. Significant improvements to cockpit instrumentation and interior passenger cabin arrangements have been made over the decades, and Continental 300hp engines power advanced three-bladed Hartzell propellers. The Baron cruises at 202kts and has a maximum range of about 1400 miles. The G58 is still one of the few light twin piston aircraft still in production.
We have a few examples of the Baron, including the new G58 at the Textron exhibit and others flying in for the week.