Beechcraft Premier I and Bonanza Establish New Speed Records to
Beechcraft is back-this time with speed.
A Beechcraft Premier I and Beechcraft Bonanza established new speed
records on their way to participate in FAA AirVenture Oshkosh
The Bonanza was out of the gate first, crossing the Wichita
navigational fix at a.m. Saturday, July 26 and arriving at Wittman
Regional Airport at 5:17 a.m. Total trip time: two hours , 59
minutes. Average speed for the 637-mile trip: 209 miles per hour.
The aircraft, a Special Edition Centennial of Flight Bonanza
created specifically for Oshkosh, also participated in Sunday's
B20SH Bonanza formation flight.
On board were company demo pilot Mike Elsenrath and Dave
Copeland, Vice President - Worldwide Piston Sales for Beechcraft.
"We thought it fitting that the Centennial of Flight Bonanza show
its great performance on its trip to Oshkosh," said Copeland.
The Premier I followed on Monday morning, crossing the fix at
6:52 a.m. and arriving at Oshkosh at 8:03 a.m. Total trip time: one
hour, I 1 minutes. Average speed for the 637-mile trip: 536 miles
per hour. Trevor Blackmer, chief pilot - sales demonstration flew
the single-pilot route. Also on board was Joe Grubiak, product
manager for the Premier I.
Raytheon Aircraft will submit the trip statistics to the
National Aeronautic Association -- the national authority for
overseeing and certifying aviation records -- in the category Class
C-LE (6,164-13,338 lbs.) Group III (jet engine) for the Premier I
and category Class C-1C, Group I, Piston Engine Light Airplanes
(2,204-858 lbs.) for the Bonanza.
This is the second speed record for the Premier 1. Earlier this
year it established a Wichita-to-Norfolk, Va. record in one hour,
51 minutes, with an average speed for the 1,152-mile trip a blazing
639 miles per hour.