Saturday, August 1, 2009
BEECHCRAFT MODEL 33 “BONANZA”/ “DEBONAIR”
|STANDARD DATA: (F-33A) Seats 6. Gross wt. 3,400. Empty wt. 2,125. Fuel capacity 74. Engine 285-hp fuel-injected Continental.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 209. Cruise mph 198. Stall mph 59. Initial climb rate 1,167. Ceiling 17,858. Range 824. Takeoff distance (50) 1,769. Landing distance (50') 1,324.
STANDARD DATA: (Debonair) Seats 4-5. Gross wt. 2,900. Empty wt. 1,730. Fuel capacity 64. Engine 225-hp Continental.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 195. Cruise mph 185. Stall mph 60. Initial climb rate 930. Range 650. Ceiling 17,800. Takeoff distance (50') 1,288. Landing distance (50') 1,298.
The Model 33 Debonair flew for the first time in September 1959. It was basically similar to the Model 35 Bonanza, but had a conventional tail assembly in place of the “V”-type tail. The Debonair was produced in four-seat versions with a 225-hp Continental, six cylinder engine. It had a simplified interior and less elaborate equipment than the Model 35. In 1961, the aileron and elevator trim tabs were improved, and larger rear windows and a restyled cabin interior with bucket seats were featured. In 1966, the option of a 285hp powerplant was added.
The Debonair name was dropped in 1967 and the subsequent aircraft, now a part of the Bonanza family, were simply designated E33, F33 and G33. During these years all model numbers ending in “A” featured the 285- hp Continental. All others retained the 225-hp engine. In 1972, the G33 was introduced with a 260-hp Continental. Currently, only the F-33A remains in production. Since its introduction as the Beechcraft Debonair, approximately 3,100 Model 33s have been produced.
Recent standard features for all Bonanza models are a 15-degree approach flap setting and a 28-volt electrical system. The approach flaps are identical to the Baron models and will allow for a maximum extension speed of 175 mph. An improved electrical system speeds up the landing gear cycle and allows Bonanzas to be equipped with propeller deicing. Also, all late model Bonanzas offer increased oxygen capacity. Single-piece headliners and redesigned cabin sidewalls make for a clean appearance and reduced cabin sound levels. As of 1981 airspeed indicators read in knots only, and an electronic fuel-flow sensor has replaced the mechanical sensor to ensure greater gauge accuracy.