DescriptionThe six seat Bonanza 36 is an extended version of the Model 33 Bonanza.
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.
For details and specifications of the five models of the Bonanza 36, click here.
Specifications below are for the 2009 Bonanza G36.
Double doors and club seating of the Be36
- 27 ft. 6 in (3 doors)
- 33 ft. 6 in.
- 8 ft. 7 in
- Wing Area:
- 181 sq. ft
- Wing Loading:
- 20.2 lbs./sq. ft
- Empty Weight:
- 2530 lb
- Gross weight: 3650 lb
- Fuel Capacity:
- Usable fuel, std: 74 US gal /444 lb
- 1 x Continental IO-550-B, 300 hp
- Cruise Speed:
- Cruise speed 75% power, 6000 ft: 176 kt
- 75% power, 6000 ft.: 671 nm
- Takeoff Dist.:
- ground roll: 1913 ft
- Landing Dist.:
- ground roll: 950 ft
- Rate of Climb:
- SL: 1230 fpm
- Service Ceiling:
- 18,500 ft