It seems everyone loves the straight-tailed 36 Bonanza. To many pilots, it’s the paragon of aerodynamic virtue, the standard by which all other single-engine airplanes are measured. Owner/pilots who work their way up from two-seat puddle jumper to four-seat retractable to a 36 Bonanza often consider that they’ve arrived. There’s little reason to aspire for more or better, because they’re already at the peak of the pyramid.
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