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Tom Gresham (HDC)
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Reged: 04/28/04
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Bought a Baron
      #278208 - 01/13/10 10:17 PM

I know this section doesn't get much play, so I thought I'd throw this in.

This week I bought a 1975 E55 Baron. Sold the TN Bonanza last month.

I haven't seen the Baron, but I'll fly to northern Virginia in a week to get it. Nice plane. It has the IO-550 engines, 530W, 430W, 55X autopilot, Sandel, backup HSI (!), two transponders, Aviation Design leather interior, etc.

It's in for the annual right now.

Photo and specs are at www.djets.com. The previous owner put that site up.

I got the Bonanza so we could shoot video from it for the TV series. Wow, was that really five years ago? Time to get back into the twin.


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Mase Taylor
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Reged: 04/29/04
Posts: 9446
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Re: Bought a Baron [Re: Tom Gresham (HDC)]
      #278212 - 01/13/10 10:42 PM

Nice. Congrats.

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Andrew Niemyer -KDLH
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Loc: Minnesota
Re: Bought a Baron [Re: Tom Gresham (HDC)]
      #278214 - 01/13/10 10:43 PM

Tom:
Wow, can't believe you went with the Baron, but OTOH, I do understand it. Who was the lucky SOB who bought one of world's finest 36's? <G> So all our whining and moaning about much owning a twin costs (silence there, Siciliano!) didn't deter you, eh?

Congrats on the buy. If $$ didn't cost so much, well, money, I might have hung on to the Seneca III. (Of course my soul is now owned by Sovereign Bank for the Cirrus...)

Best regards,
Andy


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Scott Dunham (RDU)
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Re: Bought a Baron [Re: Tom Gresham (HDC)]
      #278215 - 01/13/10 10:45 PM

No turrets?

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Dan Barclay [ORG]
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Re: Bought a Baron [Re: Tom Gresham (HDC)]
      #278219 - 01/14/10 12:09 AM

Quote:

This week I bought a 1975 E55 Baron.




Nice. Dang, you had that A36 a long time. Even did some annuals on it, huh?

OK, so what's next after the Baron? <vbg>

Dan <looking forward to seeing it sometime>


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Tom Gresham (HDC)
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Re: Bought a Baron [Re: Dan Barclay [ORG]]
      #278221 - 01/14/10 12:15 AM

Combining some answers here . . .

A fellow on Beechtalk bought the A36. (www.beechtalk.com)

The interesting part is that the market for Barons is so depressed that I paid exactly the same for the Baron as I got for the Bonanza. The Baron has much better avionics and interior.

I had the Bonanza five years. Certainly a record for me!

But, I had a Baron and the Twin Bonanza before I went back to the Bonanza. I don't have the need for the video shoot now, and I just like the idea of that second engine when I'm over the piney woods, rocks, or flying for two hours over 100-foot ceilings.

I just found an article by Pete Bedell about putting the IO-550 engines into his D55 Baron. I would expect the same kind of performance increase.

I sure am looking forward to seeing it!
http://www.factoryengines.com/AOPA-full-article.htm


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Scott Dyer [HPN/NY]
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Bought a Baron [Re: Tom Gresham (HDC)]
      #278228 - 01/14/10 07:31 AM

Tom -- Congratulations on your purchase.

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Jeff Hartmann CIC
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Reged: 05/18/04
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Loc: Chico,CA
Re: Bought a Baron [Re: Tom Gresham (HDC)]
      #278232 - 01/14/10 08:20 AM

Nice, I really like the stacked HSIs.

Good time to buy, if you can sell what you have....like houses today. With a buyer in hand....such a deal.

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nehoC hctiM
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Re: Bought a Baron [Re: Tom Gresham (HDC)]
      #278292 - 01/14/10 10:02 PM

If I were gonna buy a twin, it may very well be this one.
The E is an awesome machine, and this one looks sweet!
Good luck with it.

Mitch

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Dave Siciliano (ADS)
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Reged: 05/17/04
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Loc: ADS (Dallas, TX)
Re: Bought a Baron [Re: nehoC hctiM]
      #278294 - 01/14/10 10:30 PM

Nice to hear Tom. I know you've been noodling it for some time. Lookin forward to a ride; I've never been in an E Baron. You seem to seemlessly transition between singles and twins--good on ya.

Best,

Dave


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