• Review: Beechcraft F33A Bonanza for FS2004 by Carenado

    Review: Beechcraft F33A Bonanza For FS2004 By Carenado

    By Bill Stack

    Beech F33A Bonanza by Carenado
    Beech F33A Bonanza by Carenado Beech F33A Bonanza by Carenado Beech F33A Bonanza by Carenado

    Screen shots by Carenado

    The Beechcraft F33A Bonanza is one model of a general aviation aircraft that has been produced for longer than any other aircraft. The original model 35 was produced in 1947 and 1948. More than 17,000 Bonanzas in more than 40 models have been produced since then. More than 800 F33As, which is modeled by Carenado, were built between 1970 and 1994. Retail prices on the Internet for the F33 models range from $69,000 US to $175,000 US. The most recent model is the G36, which was introduced in 2006 and is still being produced.

    All Bonanzas share an unusual feature, according to Wikipedia: "The yoke and rudder pedals are interconnected by a system of bungee cords that assist in keeping the airplane in coordinated flight during turns. The bungee system allows the pilot to make coordinated turns using the yoke alone, or with minimal rudder input, during cruise flight."

    On February 2, 1959, a Beechcraft Bonanza 35 carrying three famous musicians, Charles Hardin "Buddy" Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, crashed in rural Iowa in snowy, icy conditions, killing all aboard (www.buddyhollyandthecrickets.com).

    My comparisons below show that the F33A Bonanza is similar to the Mooney Bravo in size and weight but is not as fast and cannot fly as high.

    F33A Bonanza Specifications
    Specification Beechcraft F33A Bonanza Mooney Bravo
    Maximum Take-off Weight 3,400 LBS
    1,542 KG
    3,368 LBS
    1,528 KG
    Empty Weight 2,181 LBS
    989 KG
    2,189 LBS
    993 KG
    Useful Load 1,219 LBS
    552 KG
    1,179 LBS
    535 KG
    Fuel Capacity 80 USG
    303 L
    89 USG
    337 L
    Maximum Speed 196 KIAS
    315 KPH
    220 KIAS
    354 KPH
    Cruising Speed 172 KIAS
    277 KPH
    195 KIAS
    314 KPH
    Ceiling 17,858 FT
    5,447 M
    25,000 FT
    7,625 M
    Range 1,050 NM
    1,985 KM
    1,050 NM
    1,985 KM
    Length 27 FT
    8 M
    27 FT
    8 M
    Wing Span 34 FT
    10 M
    36 FT
    11 M
    Power 285 HP 270 HP
    Sources:
    F33A Bonanza - Carenado
    Mooney Bravo - FS2004

    Carenado lists these features of its Beechcraft F33A Bonanza:

    Visual:

    • Four paint schemes and one blank texture
    • Polygon optimized model
    • 3D modeled pilot and cockpit area
    • Realistic light effects on gauge
    • Nightlight effects on panel

    Performance:

    • Real behavior compared to the real airplane
    • Real weight and balance
    • Autopilot installed
    • Interactive virtual cockpit
    • Full moving ailerons, elevators, rudders, flaps, rolling wheels and trim tab
    • Animated sections such as: propeller, doors, windows, sun visor, copilot seat, cowl flaps and pilot
    • Original HQ digital stereo sounds recorded from the original aircraft
    • Toggle yoke

    Documents:

    • Pop up F33 Bonanza manual with performance charts and normal and emergency procedures and check list,
    • Normal and emergency procedures PDF
    • GNS430 User Guide PDF
    • AVSS manual PDF
    • VC diagram PDF

    4 Comments
    1. ftldave's Avatar
      ftldave -
      Bill,

      Please let us know if a new aircraft includes a 2D cockpit or not. It will make your great reviews much more useful. Some vendors are starting to omit them, and those of us who don't enjoy "flying a camera" want to avoid planes without 2D cockpits. Thank you.
    1. p51d1's Avatar
      p51d1 -
      I bought this aircraft and I must say im very happy with it. I enjoy the VC as to me, with some of my real world flying experience, is fairly realistic. I always admired the F33A with its looks and sounds. Carenado rulez!
    1. salpar's Avatar
      salpar -
      Quote Originally Posted by p51d1 View Post
      I bought this aircraft and I must say im very happy with it. I enjoy the VC as to me, with some of my real world flying experience, is fairly realistic. I always admired the F33A with its looks and sounds. Carenado rulez!
      Yea, this is one of my favorite planes too! And the one for FSX is even better!
    1. Bonanzaf33's Avatar
      Bonanzaf33 -
      kann man das runterladen?
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