Lined up on Vero Beach’s Runway 11R, I put the power to the TSIO-360s and rotated in no time. Pitching for the Seneca’s best angle airspeed of 83 knots, I retracted the gear once a positive rate was established, and the useable runway slipped away below us. It was a humid day in South Florida, with some scraggly low clouds to maneuver around as we climbed briskly in VFR conditions out over the Atlantic. At 5,500 feet, I found a slice of airspace to execute a series of maneuvers, starting with 50-degree steep turns, power-on and -off stalls, and some brisk climbs and descents. Through it all, power response was smooth and control pressures balanced. The Seneca might not be quite the pilot’s airplane that a Baron is, but it’s close.