Used Aircraft Guide

January 2000 Issue

Bonanza: The Trouble With Old Bo’s

A rash of tail flutter incidents suggests owners are still in the dark about ruddervator maintenance.

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In our December report comparing Mooneys and Bonanzas, we noted that the NTSBís accident database revealed a startling number of tail flutter incidents in older V-tail Bonanzas.

We found at least 10 such incidents between early 1996 and 1998 and suspect there could be more since itís quite likely that not all such incidents find their way into the NTSBís files. Worth noting is that although all of these incidents resulted in serious damage to the airplane, there were no injuries or hull losses. And none of these Bonanzas were built after 1953.

Nonetheless, we think these incidents are disturbing and are thus worth examining further. In our view, any buyer shopping for an...

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