D’Shannon Aviation has developed new engine baffle systems for Beechcraft Barons and Bonanzas, designed to eliminate any loss of cooling air through the cowling and maximize engine cooling. The new Baffle Cooling Kits consist of engine-mounted aluminum baffles with high tear-strength silicone, and these mate with composite inserts attached to the upper cowling. During development the new baffles were flight-tested in ambient temperatures as high as 100 degrees F. The new kits fit Continental IO-550, IO-520 and IO-470 engines on the Bonanza and Baron.
This AIN pilot/reporter had an opportunity to fly the Eclipse on two different occasions, once on a short cross-country trip in March between Chicago and Nashville and again to Rockford, Ill., for some approaches, landings
and airwork. My instructor pilot was North American Jet Eclipse instructor Mike Vautell.
BEECH BARON 58P, SWANZEY, N.H., SEPT. 2, 2002–Beech Baron N6688D crashed near Swanzey, N.H., at about 11 a.m. EDT, killing the private pilot and all six passengers. According to the airplane manufacturer, the airplane was certified for six occupants, including the pilot. The flight was on an instrument flight plan operating in VMC. Weather is not considered to be a factor.
This year will be an eventful one in Wichita as local corporate icons Cessna and Hawker Beechcraft mark big anniversaries. For Cessna, it's been 80 years since Clyde Cessna's “all-purpose” airplane made its first flight. The manufacturer, which has since produced more than 189,000 aircraft, was incorporated in 1927.
Photos surface on the Internet occasionally that are too strong just to file away. The story these pictures tell is the collision on January 16 this year between a Beech Baron B55 and a Cessna 180K near Tehachapi, Calif. (NTSB ID LAX04 FA095A/B). The Baron pilot, cruise-climbing between 5,500 and 6,500 feet at the moment of impact with the Cessna’s right landing gear, survived the collision and was able to put down on a dirt strip.
Perhaps an indication of the sway Garmin has come to hold in the aviation industry, Raytheon last month announced a name change for the venerable Beech Bonanza A36 and Baron 58 piston airplanes to indicate their inclusion of Garmin avionics systems.