This 1983 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza Is a Family-Hauling ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

The A36 Bonanza’s stretched fuselage provides extra space for passengers and cargo.

1983 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza [Courtesy: Seitz Aviation LLC]

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Beechcraft Bonanzas have been desirable personal aircraft since the model’s introduction in 1947. Their reputation for performance, styling, and overall high quality kept the four-place retractables at the top of the general aviation market for decades.

By the mid-1960s, though, Piper’s PA-32 Cherokee Six and Cessna’s 206, both utilitarian six-seat piston singles, clearly were drawing potential customers away from Beechcraft.

To counter the competition, Beechcraft stretched the fuselage of its Model 33 Debonair, also called a “straight tail” Bonanza, to accommodate six seats. This version, the Model 36 Bonanza, went on sale for 1968, the same year Beechcraft officially renamed the Debonair the E33 Bonanza.

The 36, later the A36, had double doors on the right side designed to ease cargo loading. Remember, this was marketed as a utility aircraft. The doors also made it easy for passengers to access the rear seats, so buyers soon began requesting posh interiors and other equipment to fine-tune the aircraft for passenger comfort.

Optional club seating quickly became standard, and the A36 took its long-held position as what many consider the standard bearer of the piston single market.

This 1983 A36 Bonanza has 3,893 hours on the airframe, 1,357 hours on its 285 hp Continental IO-520-BB engine, and 684 hours on its McCauley propeller. The engine underwent a top overhaul with new Millennium cylinders 42 hours ago. 

The panel includes dual Aspen Evolution 1000 flight displays, Aspen EFD, RC Allen backup attitude indicator, Garmin 530W, Garmin 430W, PS Engineering audio panel with Bluetooth, JPI EDM 930 engine monitor, Trig TT31 transponder, ADS-B In and Out, KFC 200 autopilot, and Flightstream 210 iPad interface.

Additional equipment includes a standby alternator, Rosen visors, and an LED landing light.

Pilots looking for a high-performance retractable piston single with the flexibility of a family-friendly, six-seat cabin should consider this 1983 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, which is available for $299,000 on AircraftForSale.

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