Beechcraft Baron 58

baronWith the wonderful control harmony that is the hallmark of the Bonanza line, the Beech Baron 58 is considered a classic light twin. The Baron 58 is a spiffed-up version of a time-tested favorite made modern by its new Continental Special engines. The Baron combines the attractiveness of Beechcraft design with the reliability of twin engines, resulting in a gorgeous workhorse of an aircraft.

When the first light twin appeared in the 1950s, aviation enthusiasts quickly recognized it as the height of personal air transportation. More than 50 years later, the Baron 58 serves as an excellent example of why that’s still true. The Baron 58 was beautifully designed with both comfort and safety in mind. But it’s not just another pretty plane—with full fuel, a Baron 58 can carry up to 931 pounds of people or cargo for 1,340 nautical miles with 45 minutes reserve. Twin 300-hp TCM IO-550-C, six-cylinder, fuel-injected engines provide enough power to take off with a scant 1,400 feet ground run and climb at over 1,700 feet per minute, even fully loaded. The Baron carries payload further and faster than any other piston twin currently manufactured.

Specifications

U.S. Metric
Cruise Speed 200 knots 370 km per hour
Engine Teledyne Continental Motors IO-550-C 300 horsepower
Propeller Three-bladed McCauley constant-speed, variable pitch
Maximum Range 1,569 nm 2,906 km
Service Ceiling 20,688 feet 6,306 km
Fuel Capacity 142 gallons 514 liters
Maximum Gross Weight 5,524 pounds 2,509 kilograms
Length 29 feet, 10 inches 9.09 meters
Wingspan 37 feet, 10 inches 11.53 meters
Height 9 feet, 9 inches 2.97 meters
Seating Up to 6
Useful Load 1,613 pounds 732 kilograms

Flight Notes

Many factors affect flight planning and aircraft operation, including aircraft weight, weather, and runway surface. The recommended flight parameters listed below are intended to give approximations for flights at maximum takeoff or landing weight on a day with International Standard Atmosphere (ISA) conditions.

Important: These instructions are intended for use with Flight Simulator only and are no substitute for using the actual aircraft manual for real-world flight.

Note: As with all of the Flight Simulator aircraft, the V-speeds and checklists are located on the Kneeboard. To access the Kneeboard while flying, press SHIFT+F10, or on the Aircraft menu, click Kneeboard.

Note: All speeds given in Flight Notes are indicated airspeeds. If you’re using these speeds as reference, be sure that you select “Display Indicated Airspeed” in the Realism Settings dialog box. Speeds listed in the specifications table are shown as true airspeeds.

By default, this aircraft has full fuel and payload. Depending on atmospheric conditions, altitude, and other factors, you will not get the same performance at gross weight that you would with a lighter load.

Required Runway Length

2,200 feet with ISA conditions. 3,800 feet with a 50-foot obstacle.

Note: The length required for both takeoff and landing is a result of a number of factors, including aircraft weight, altitude, headwind, use of flaps, and ambient temperature. Lower weights and temperatures will result in better performance, as will having a headwind component. Higher altitudes and temperatures will
degrade performance.

Engine Startup

The engine will be running automatically every time you begin a flight. If you shut the engine down, you can initiate an auto-startup sequence by pressing CTRL+E. If you want to do the startup procedures manually, use the checklist on the Kneeboard.

Taxiing

Set prop and mixture to full forward, and taxi at a brisk walking pace.

Takeoff

Run through the Before Takeoff checklist found in the Kneeboard (press F10). Align the aircraft with the white runway centerline, and advance the throttle to takeoff power.

Climb

Climb at approximately 105 knots.

Cruise

Cruise altitude would normally be determined by winds, weather, and other factors. You might want to use these factors in your flight planning if you have created weather systems along your route. Optimum altitude is the altitude that gives the best fuel economy for a given configuration and gross weight. A complete discussion about choosing altitudes is beyond the scope of this section.

However, as an example: At 11,500 feet, set your airspeed for 196 KTAS (true airspeed). Keep full power, around 2500 rpm.

Descent and Approach

Reduce airspeed to 170 knots when below 13,000 feet.

Landing

Reduce airspeed and adjust flaps as you descend. At 152 knots, apply 15 degrees of flaps. Extend full flaps at 122 knots.

Upon touchdown, bring the power back to idle and lightly apply the brakes by pressing the PERIOD key.

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