I wasn’t really sure what to expect as I sat waiting in the FBO. Randy Green and I had sealed a deal on my 1954 V-tail Bonanza via email and phone calls last summer, and I was delivering it to him at an airport halfway between our homes.
D’Shannon Aviation has become the first out-of-state corporation to announce plans to relocate their engine overhaul operation to the Oshkosh Aviation Business Center in Wisconsin. The company is a major STC holder and manufacturer of upgrades for the Beechcraft fleet of Bonanzas, Debonairs and Barons. Scott Erickson, president of D’Shannon Aviation, told AIN, “We’re moving our engine business from ‘Race City’ (Mooresville), N.C., home of the world renowned Nascar engine shops to Oshkosh to take advantage of the highly skilled workforce and support.
The annual Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) AirVenture show officially opens tomorrow in Oshkosh, Wis., but aviation enthusiasts have been streaming in to Oshkosh Wittman Regional Airport for the past few weeks.
The piston-engine Baron twin and Bonanza single on display at the Beechcraft area of the static display did not arrive by magic or by freighter. The long trip from the factory in Wichita, Kansas, started a few weeks ago, and left the California coast on April 3.
Ferry pilots Chelsea “Abingdon” Welch and Jerry Clark took off from Tracy, California (KTCY) where oversize fuel tanks were installed. The Bonanza held a total of 268 gallons, the Baron about 400. That meant that Welch and Clark were taking off at approximately 30 percent above maximum gross weight.
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.
The FAA issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) to Avidyne covering installation of the company’s DFC90 autopilot in 25 Beechcraft Bonanza models. The STC requires interfacing with the Aspen Avionics EVD1000 Evolution Pro PFD. The DFC90 autopilot is a plug-and-play replacement of the S-Tec 55X autopilot and uses the 55X’s servos. The DFC90 can also replace S-Tec 30/50/60-2/65-series autopilots in the 25 Bonanza models covered by this STC.
Farnborough, UK-based Gama Support Services has been named a Beechcraft authorized service center. Under the terms of the agreement the MRO is authorized to provide maintenance support and certification for the King Air, Bonanza and Baron series. It also provides for AOG service for all Beechcraft types; Gama’s in-house quick-reaction team for urgent operational support to Beechcraft operators worldwide; avionics support for Garmin and Rockwell Collins; and Hawker Beechcraft Support Plus program and warranty claims processing.
The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada has updated its investigation of the May 28 midair collision between a Beechcraft Bonanza and a Piper PA-28 over the Washington, D.C. suburb of Summerduck, Va. The TSB is handling the investigation at the request of NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman to avoid any potential conflicts of interest because the two victims aboard the Bonanza were U.S. government employees.
West Star Aviation’s Spirit of St. Louis (SUS) location is now offering night and weekend hours. “We’ve extended our hours of operation to keep up with the demand. Additionally, our customer base specifically told us they wanted us to extend our hours,” Sam Haycraft, vice president of operations, told AIN. West Star’s 19,000-sq-ft SUS facility is an FAA-certified Part 145 repair station serving Learjet, Cirrus, Beechjet, Premier, Hawker, Bonanza, Baron and King Air operators.
The investigation continues into the midair collision of a Beechcraft Bonanza and a Piper PA-28 that took the lives of two people on May 28. The collision took place over Summerduck, Va., 45 minutes southwest of downtown Washington.
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