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Considering Light Twin Aircraft Performance: The 58P Beech Baron

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Time: Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Event Type: Public Program

Location: William M. Allen Theater

Learn how flight test programs are undertaken to develop aircraft flight manuals, then see how the information in a flight manual is used on a cross country flight in a light, twin-engine aircraft—specifically the Beechcraft P58 Baron. This lecture is geared to aviators of all levels of experience, and features Larry Timmons, President of Aircraft Engineering Specialists, Inc., and engineering aerodynamicist Jack Shannon. During this lecture Timmons describes how aircraft performance is determined, then Shannon describes a typical flight from Boeing Field to San Diego—a flight he has flown many times in his Beechcraft 58P Baron—and shares his best techniques for a safe and efficient flight. Shannon is an aircraft owner with commercial, instrument and multiengine ratings, and he is the author of a book about the Beechcraft Baron, “The 58P.” Aircraft Engineering Specialists determines aircraft performance through flight test and data analysis. Shannon and Timmons will field audience questions after the presentation, and follow with a book signing.

The trip scenario in the presentation will be a flight under instrument flight rules. Shannon will review the factors one must consider in the preparation and planning this type of trip in a P58, including takeoff weight, field lengths, planned altitude, en-route speed, weather, fuel burn and options for the flight. Pilots will see how it is important to fully understand the published flight manual performance data, and to see how they relate to individual skills as a pilot.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation along with a book signing. The program is free with Museum admission or membership.