YOU TUBE – Beechcraft Baron
2 x 300 hp ea.
1 pilot + 5 passengers
29 ft. 10 in.
37 ft. 10 in.
The Beechcraft Baron has been flying since 1970. It is basically a Bonanza with two engines, a greater wingspan and longer fuselage. Today’s Baron has more powerful, efficient engines, an all glass cockpit, and the latest avionics. We are told that the Beechcraft Baron is the fastest aircraft in its class with a 232 mph speed and the ability to fly over 1,500 miles without refueling. Of course, both of these maximums can not be done simultaneously.
Maximum fuel capacity for the Beechcraft Baron is about 1,164 lbs. In a typically equipped aircraft that leaves room for about 300 lbs. of people and baggage. Carrying any more passengers means a decrease in range as the amount of fuel taken on board will have to be reduced accordingly.With average size people in all six seats, plus their luggage, figure on filling up with no more than about 350 lbs. of fuel. That will keep you in the air for about 75 minutes, with reserve, at a typical fuel use rate of about 200 lbs. per hour.Long time Beechcraft Baron pilots tell us of loading the aircraft at 1,000 lbs. above recommended weight. Control response was a little slower, but without any serious degradation in handling characteristics.
Flying the Beechcraft Baron
Pilots appreciate the solid, responsive feel of the Beechcraft Baron, its go where you point it handling, high cruise speed, and good rate of climb.
The placement of the fuel tanks on the center of gravity of the Beechcraft Baron means that no trim adjustments are necessary as fuel is consumed. The de-icing system is effective and the new big glass cockpit displays get rave reviews.
IFR flying in the Beechcraft Baron is comfortable with firm, well coordinated controls. When used in conjunction with the new displays, keeping the aircraft properly oriented becomes second nature.
From final approach through flare and landing, the landing gear position and excellent controls makes greasing the Beechcraft Baron onto the runway a breeze.
In early 2009 the Beechcraft Baron was certified for operation in Europe. Over 6,700 Beechcraft Baron aircraft of all types have been produced to date.
RC Beechcraft Baron
The RC Beechcraft Baron scratch built by Bill Finegold has a 72 in. wingspan and is 59 in. long. Construction is balsa and plywood. Bill added retracts, navigation lights, and working flaps to his RC Beechcraft Baron. He powers it with a pair of OS .46 engines turning three blade props capped with polished aluminum spinners. Weight, all up, is about 12 lbs.
The RC Beechcraft Baron from RC Aerodyne comes almost ready to fly and has a wingspan of 76 1/2 in. a length of 61 in., and a epoxy fuselage with balsa sheeted wings. Engines can be from .32 to .46 two cycle or their electric equivalent. Options available are retracts, flaps, NAV and landing lights. Weight is around 14 lbs.
The Air Age Store.com has plans for a RC Beechcraft Baron designed by George E. Caldwell. Its wingspan is 48 in. and length is 29in. Power is from a pair of .10 engines.
The AMA Plans Service has plans for a Royal Products RC Beechcraft Baron. It has a 71 in. wingspan and is made for engine power. Plan is no. 26601.