TYPE: Six-seat utility transport.
PROGRAMME: Descended from Model 35 of 1945 (10,403 built in V tail configuration), but now has little more than the name in common; further 1,911 late Model 33s built as Bonanzas, earlier version being Debonair. Model 36 certified 1 May 1968; developed from Bonanza E33A; A36 certified 24 October 1969 and introduced 1970; current subvariant announced 3 October 1983, succeeding model powered by 212.5 kW (285 hp) Continental IO-520-BB; certified in FAA Utility category.
CURRENT VERSIONS: Bonanza A36: Standard version. Features introduced for 2001 model year include dual Garmin GNS 430 nav/comm/GPS.
Centennial of Flight Special Edition: Limited edition produced in 2003 to commemorate 100 years of powered flight; features include Beechcraft 'B' logo embroidered on interior furnishings; two fine silver/24-carat gold Kitty Hawk Commemorative Centennial of Flight medallions mounted on a brushed silver plaque on the centre console; and exterior paint design featuring ChromaAir colour-shift trim, US Centennial of Flight Commission logo on the engine cowling, and 'B' logo ghosted in pearlescent paint on the fin. First aircraft (c/n E-3514/N36BX) sold to Randy Vinson of Abilene, Texas, at EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, in July 2003.
Description applies to A36, except where otherwise stated.
Bonanza B36TC: Described separately.
CUSTOMERS: Total 3,530 Bonanza 36/A36s delivered by September 2003, including 89 in 1995, 83 in 1996, 85 in 1997, 71 in 1998, 77 in 1999, 85 in 2000, 63 in 2001, 51 in 2002, and 39 in the first nine months of 2003.
COSTS: US$579,400 basic; US$596,000 typically equipped (2001).
DESIGN FEATURES: Conventional low-wing cabin monoplane. Tapered wings with leading-edge gloves; tapered tailplane and sweptback fin.
Beech modified NACA 23016.5 wing section at root, modified 23012 at tip; dihedral 6°; incidence 4° at root and 1° at tip.
FLYING CONTROLS: Conventional and manual. Electrically actuated trim tab in each elevator; ground-adjustable tabs in ailerons and rudder; single-slotted, three-position flaps.
STRUCTURE: Light alloy, with two-spar wing torsion box and stressed-skin tail surfaces. Conventional construction.
LANDING GEAR: Electrically retractable tricycle type, with steerable nosewheel. Mainwheels retract inward into wings, nosewheel rearward. Beech oleo-pneumatic shock-absorbers in all units. Cleveland mainwheels, size 6.00-6, and tyres, size 7.00-6 (6 ply), pressure 2.28 to 2.76 bar (33 to 40 lb/sq in). Cleveland nosewheel and tyre, size 5.00-5 (4 ply), pressure 2.76 bar (40 lb/sq in). Cleveland ring disc hydraulic brakes. Parking brake. Magic Hand landing gear system optional.
POWER PLANT: One 224 kW (300 hp) Teledyne Continental IO-550-B Raytheon Special Edition flat-six engine, driving a Hartzell three-blade constant-speed metal propeller. The engine is equipped with an altitude-compensating fuel pump which automatically makes the fuel/air mixture leaner and richer during climb and descent respectively. Usable fuel capacity 280 litres (74.0 US gallons; 61.6 Imp gallons).
ACCOMMODATION: Enclosed cabin seating four to six persons on individual seats. Pilot's seat is vertically adjustable. Dual controls standard. Two rear removable seats and two folding seats permit rapid conversion to utility configuration. Optional club seating with rear-facing third and fourth seats, executive writing desk, refreshment cabinet, headrests for third and fourth seats, reading lights and fresh air outlets for fifth and sixth seats. Double doors of bonded aluminium honeycomb construction on starboard side facilitate loading of cargo. As an air ambulance, one stretcher can be accommodated with ample room for a medical attendant and/or other passengers. Extra windows provide improved view for passengers.
SYSTEMS: Optional 12,000 BTU refrigeration-type air conditioning system comprises evaporator located beneath pilot's seat, condenser on lower fuselage, and engine-mounted compressor. Air outlets on centre console, with two-speed blower. Electrical system supplied by 28 V 100 A alternator, 24 V 15.5 Ah battery; optional standby generator. Hydraulic system for brakes only. Standby vacuum pump standard. Pneumatic system for instrument gyros optional. Oxygen system and electric propeller de-icing optional.
AVIONICS: Comms: Dual Garmin GNS 430 nav/comms with GI 106 indicators or one each GNS 430 and GNS 530; Bendix/King KT 76C transponder; PS Engineering PMA7000M-S audio control system.
Flight: Bendix/King encoding altimeter; KFC 225 AFCS; KI 256 flight command indicator/gyro horizon; KCS 55A compass; Goodrich WX-500 Stormscope; Shadin ADC 200+ fuel and air data computer.
EQUIPMENT: Standard equipment includes LCD digital chronometer, EGT and OAT gauges, rate of climb indicator, turn co-ordinator, 3 in horizon and directional gyros, four fore- and aft-adjustable and reclining seats, armrests, headrests, single diagonal strap shoulder harness with inertia reel for all occupants, pilot's storm window, ultraviolet-proof windscreen and windows, sun visors, large cargo door, emergency locator transmitter, stall warning device, alternate static source, heated pitot, rotating beacon, three-light strobe system, carpeted floor, super soundproofing, control wheel map lights, entrance door courtesy light, internally lit instruments, coat hooks, glove compartment, in-flight storage pockets, approach plate holder, utility shelf, cabin dome light, reading lights, instrument post lights, control wheel map light, electroluminescent subpanel lighting, landing light, taxying light, full-flow oil filter, three-colour polyurethane exterior paint, external power socket, static wicks and towbar.
Optional equipment includes dual controls, leather seats, co-pilot's wheel brakes, air conditioning, fifth passenger seat, fresh air vent blower and ground com switch.