Beechcraft Bonanza G36 Versus the World: Comparison Specs

Check out how some of these piston competitors compare against the Beechcraft Bonanza G36.

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The purchase of a Beechcraft Bonanza or an airplane in the same price category is a long-term investment. So it is important that the airplane you choose fits your specific needs. Do you need seats for six people? Is ease of access for loading passengers or cargo important? Is speed your primary concern? Is your typical trip greater than 1,000 nm, or do you typically fly short hops? Do you land on unimproved surfaces? Here are some options that provide vaerious seating, speed, range and short-field capability.

Cessna TTx

From Columbia to Corvalis, the Cessna TTx has had many names. Whatever you call the airplane, the sleek, all-composite TTx now has the latest touch-screen controlled avionics and is significantly faster than the Bonanza — almost as fast as the Mooney Acclaim ­— despite its fixed-gear configuration. The airplane’s range capabilities also beat the Bonanza’s. But the stellar performance comes with a limitation. Just four people can fit into the nearly 1 foot shorter cabin, and there is no separate entrance for the rear passengers.

Cirrus SR22 GTS

As far as sales go, Cirrus’ SR22 has been the winning platform in the category for the past decade by a long shot. With FIKI certification, a BRS parachute, a sleek composite fuselage and a feature-filled glass panel, the GTS represents the new generation of single-engine airplanes. With stellar speeds, the SR22 will reach any destination much more quickly than the G36 can. The SR22 cabin is spacious, but it doesn’t match the Bonanza’s large, versatile cabin and its accessibility — or the comfort and utility they afford.

Piper Matrix

Of the airplanes listed in this comparison, the Piper Matrix may be the most similar to the Bonanza. With metal construction, retractable gear, club seating for four rear passengers in a roomy cabin and Garmin’s G1000 avionics panel, there are more similarities than differences. G36 owners do, however, get a few inches of extra headroom. Unlike the G36, all Matrix occupants enter through an air-stair door behind the left wing. But where the Matrix provides an edge over the G36 is with range, speed and FIKI certification.

Mooney Acclaim Type S

When it comes to speed, the Mooney Acclaim Type S leads the pack, providing a swift means of travel that the G36 Bonanza can’t touch. But while the Acclaim will get from point A to point B faster than the rest, it does so with low drag. Its sleek metal fuselage provides a lot less head- and legroom compared to the Bonanza. While official pricing has not yet been announced, the Acclaim is expected to fall within the same range as the Bonanza once Mooney production resumes in 2014.

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