Used Aircraft Guide

October 2015 Issue

Beech Baron 55:

It’s a bargain to acquire, but far from cheap to maintain and operate. Still, the 55-series “baby Baron” pays back in speed and handling qualities.

Fly most any Beechcraft model and you will likely come away impressed with its sturdy feel, excellent build quality and, especially, its handling qualities. All the way down to the lowly Musketeer, Beech just took pains to get the airplane’s flying manners 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, particularly in a higher-end Beech.

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