Used Aircraft Guide

September 2011 Issue

Used Aircraft Guide: Beech Baron

Comfort and handling that’s second to none, with respectable performance.

Anyone who has flown a Beechcraft will have come away impressed with the line’s quality and, especially, the handling qualities. All the way down to the lowly Musketeer, Beech just took pains to get the airplane’s handling qualities a cut above everything else, and that applies in spades to the Baron series. Even so, every aircraft company has to make compromises. In the 55 Baron, for instance, what many find to be pleasant handling characteristics can prove to be a handful in poor weather, or when the air turns green with turbulence. And nothing comes for free. No one mistake the Barons for being cheap to own or operate, although thanks to a perennially soft market for twins, they’re no longer ruinously expensive to buy. In fact, there are some real bargains out there on 55s.

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