Aircraft Review

January 2007 Issue

Atlantic Aero’s IO-550: Smooth, Fast, Expensive

But owners say the conversion price for Bonanzas and 210s is worth it. TCM’s IO-550 has established itself as GA’s top dog for power and efficiency

Bonanza owners like to go fast. But, then doesn’t everyone? For years, Beechcraft’s venerable singles were the thoroughbreds of the single-engine non-turbo herd, cruising past 210s, Mooneys and everything in the Piper fleet short of a Malibu. The age of white plastic airplanes Cirrus and Columbia ended that, leaving Beech owners in their propwash with 180-knot cruise speeds.

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