Our plan was simple: Choose a relatively economical, high-performance airplane for business and personal trips. Find one that’s in great shape, but as “original” as possible to simplify the upgrade process. Then add avionics, interior and paint to transform our selection into a modern, exciting aircraft. “Project Bonanza: Part I” chronicled how we decided on a 1982 Beech B36TC turbocharged Bonanza, completed a prepurchase inspection and pilot checkout, made some initial upgrades, and flew the airplane for a year as we evaluated options and planned our “project.”
The time finally came to get to work. Although many of our upgrades satisfy multiple goals, we can classify the items of our project into three areas: avionics, safety and comfort, and style.