Because Owning And Flying Your Beechcraft Can Be Done Safely AND For Less Money!


"The flight is the reason, the destination is only an excuse!"


"Old Bob" Siegfried
July 1, 1929 - June 5, 2024

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Aging And The GA Pilot Report

Mass Arrival Schedule


      Friday, July 19

         11 a.m.  Cherokees to Oshkosh

         5 p.m.  Cessnas to Oshkosh

      Saturday, July 20

         10 a.m.  Mooney Caravan (registration opens February 28)

         1 p.m.  Bonanzas to Oshkosh

      Sunday, July 21

         10 a.m.  Cirrus COPA to Oshkosh (C2A)

EAA 2024 Fly In NOTAM

EAA Airshow Schedules

EAA Presentation Schedule

Click Below for uAvionix EAA 2024 Sale

Keep Your iPad/iPhone Powered on Long Trips

With This 67W USB Charger

(Keeps my fully running iPad mini6 fully charged >4hr trips)

Or This 95W Unit

Wireless WiFi Bridge Up To 1km Distance





Textron "Beech" Domain Complaint Resolution

The Future of Unleaded AvGas

George Braly Update-EAA 2023

AVweb Article

"GAMI Should Be Able to Sink or Swim...."

Plane-Power Bracket Cracking Update!

5 Cool Things About The Bonanza


As Good As It Gets For


Check out KRFI

INSANE 100LL @ $4.20/gal

Great 100LL Deals in USA

Gee Bee Fuel Protection Pad

LED Nav Bulbs Now Available

1939X/1940 LED Replacement Bulb

Some People STILL Think Flaps Before

Gear Is a Good Idea in Our GA Piston

Birds Because That's What the

Big Boys Do

Three Barons Destroyed w/Flaps First Ops!

A Bonanza Victim of Flaps Before Gear Practices
See this pilot's lessons learned document HERE

IMHO, it's a BAD IDEA except in large turbine powered and transport category aircraft.
The BEST idea is multiple GUMPS checks in the landing phase of flight.




  B55 Fuel Selector Placard Makeover $95                                          Sidewinder Replacement Battery $110  

Simple Remote Cell Phone Control

If You Can't Pay Attention

Pay an Expert Beech Mechanic

To Install Your Gear Motor!

This poor soul did not install his VIP Gear Motor washer and the gouging of the motor case was causing huge amp draw and CB tripping !


Temporary Control Tower Hour Adjustments



It's Time To Think About Replacing Floorboards


Tell Them Sent You!


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*On average, CSOBeech serves up over 650 pages of content each day and only a minuscule portion of our visitors donate. If each visitor gave only $1 a month, we could keep CSOBeech thriving for years to come. The price of a few cups of coffee per year would be greatly appreciated. It's your generosity that keeps me motivated to keep CSOBeech content current and confirms to me that the investment of my time in the site matters to you. Your donation will insure that CSOBeech is here for you when you need it. I hope you'll think about how valuable it is to have unlimited access to the information in In honor of our 14-Year Anniversary, please consider a $10 donation for your annual access. Thank you. CSOB1



Bonanza Owners:







AD 2019-23-10*


ABS AD Comment


ABS Recommended Follow Up


*Supersedes AD 2019-21-08 by removing

K35, M35, N35 and P35 from the applicability



Replace Your Aging Exhaust Pipes


BEFORE Failure!





Get Shoulder Harnesses NOW!*


*Single engine drivers are 1 engine failure away from a forced landing

which might be survivable with shoulder harnesses, just my humble opinion.

The below aircraft was equipped with shoulder harnesses and both front seaters survived.



NTSB Prelim Report


A Great Engine Out Skill Builder:

Engine Out Survival Tactics by Nate Jaros



Your Beechcraft is


Not Getting Any Younger*


*Best Practices Guide for Maintaining Aging GA Airplanes


Genuine HEIM Rod Ends Available


Bi-Color LED (Red/Green)

Auxiliary Panel Indication of Gear Lights




FAA Issues AD 2019-01-02 on Aspen EFD1000 and EFD500

CBP GA Enforcement Report Circa 2014

FAA Guidance on Exclusive FBO Operations

Must See - Incredibly Pretty Bonanza Fuel Lines

GA Group Letter Opposing ATC Privatization

Continental Cam Gear MSB05-8B Inching Closer to AD

Industry Response to Cam Gear Issue

FAA Cites "Kickback" as Potentially Damaging to Crank Gear


FAA Releases BasicMed Checklist Requirements

FAA Safety Inspector Guidance for BasicMed



Could AOA Have Saved This Day?



SR20 stall/flat spin on 4th landing attempt at KHOU. May the three souls aboard RIP. Never, ever brain off on airspeed and slow climbing AND banking needs to respect stall speeds.





PAR36 LED @ $65











What are you waiting for? It's never been a better time to be a Baron-55 buyer!

And, for that matter, a buyer of GAS for a Baron!

Need performance AND economy? The B55 delivers! It Carries THIS Load!

Don't have your glider rating yet? Get a Baron! LOL

Get change back from your Bonanza to fund that extra fuel!

(Get B55 Trained HERE or HERE or HERE Before Buying Your Baron)

How's Your ME Knowledge?

Flyer Baron Article June 2012 / AVweb Baron Article / ABS Baron 55 Guide

Twin & Turbine Baron Article    Twins Can Be Dangerous Article

B55 Economy Fuel Burns / What A B55 Can Do w/18GPH @ 12,000'

Baron/Bonanza Theme Song Nomination

Baron 55 Ownership Cost Survey / 58 Ownership Cost Survey / 58P Ownership Cost Survey

Baron 58 Dimensions / Baron 58 POH / B55 Dimensions

ABS Baron Pilot Initial Checkout Guide

FAA Multi-Engine Education - "Always Leave Yourself an Out"

Aviation Consumer Baron B55 Review  PDF


Early (pre-1974) 55-Series Fuel System Watch Out!

B55 MAIN/AUX/CF Fuel Selector Valve Teardown Expose



Baron Engine Cowl Seals - Stop the Streaking!



A Very Cool Nostalgic Beech Bonanza Promo Video



Sherman, Texas (KSWI) Rocks 100LL Pricing


Stop in to reward their GA friendly pricing behavior!


BG-341 Spark Plugs - Limited Quantities Available


Shipping Destination



Please Donate to Keep Free


FAA Releases New "Basic Medical" Rules


World Record Holder for Gear Motor Brush Debris


Tire Pressure Action Chart


  AA AME Guidance Manual


Build Your Own ADS-B IN Unit for Under $150!


  Beechcraft Now Offering FREE IPC Downloads


ABS Hosting Bonanza/Baron/Travel Air POHs!


FAA Proposed Non-Precision Approach Eliminations


115 Hrs SNEW Cylinder Wall Disintegration


FAA GoPro Camera Advisory


Cygnet iPad/796 Control Wheel Mount $195



Part 91 Ramp Check? - An Alternative Response?


Warrantless Search Questionnaire Excel or PDF


Part 23 Final Recommendations Signed into Law


Short Runway Ops in Your New-to-You Baron?


Oh Hell, Let's Just Jump The Chock


  Do Your Flights Fit the "Profile" ?


 Concorde vs. Gill Comparison


Dukes Fuel Pump Overhaul/Repair Alternative to >$1,000 Factory Authorized Solution


CSOB Special: NEW Cygnet Dual Yokes For Sale



Inadvertent Gear Retraction Results (Instead of Flaps )



Pick One:

A. Don't touch any switches on the rollout.

B. Be laser focused on what you are grabbing.



Here's another example of flap retraction on the roll gone wrong!




Foam is becoming more popular with Fire Responders and may render your airframe and avionics un-repairable.



Here's a Touch n Go Gear Up!


Incredible Baron Crash Video




  Thoughts From CSOB1

Welcome to the and IMPROVED CSOB* site with extensive content on how I care for and operate my Beechcraft B55 Baron airframe and TCM engines. The site is also loaded with links to all my favorite weather and flight planning resources, so that when I'm on the road I can go to one place on the web with all my flying related links.


After many  tedious hours of html-ing, I have finally migrated all of the content from the old single-page, never ending scroll format to this more modern format. Please enjoy this new format and let me know if you have an item worthy of CSOB status!


This site was conceived and created especially for Beech List Subscribers in appreciation for everything that they have shared with me over the last ten years in owning and operating my B55 Baron.


Visit My N2023W Links page for extensive background info and pictures of my 1965 Beechcraft Baron B55 during many engine and airframe projects.


Much of the content in this site is the result of collective learnings and contributions from the Beech List and Beech Talk communities, that I felt should be archived and shared with other Beechcraft Owners who may not have the time or the patience to participate or lurk through the heavy Beech List Email activity. It is augmented with many of my own money-saving findings and parts resources that I have developed in owning and operating my Baron B55.


Click Here to become a "Beech Lister", the greatest Beechcraft specific E-Mail discussion Group on the planet (but I'm biased)!


Warning: The Beech E-Mail List can at times be over 200 emails/day! However, priceless information and camaraderie is also included. After joining please don't post to the list: "How do I unsubscribe?" Because it's at the same place you sign up!


For a less Email "intense" type of Forum experience with searchable topics archived into categories, try the Beech Talk site.


Look for my CSOB* Seal of Approval for money saving tips and watch outs that I have found in owning and operating my Beechcraft B55.

"CSOB" (Cheap $on of a Beech). Because Owning and Flying my Beechcraft is done safely AND for less money!


A special CSOB Thank You to Beech Lister and former Baron owner, Cam Dunlap, for his generous donation of web design and hosting resources to modernize this CSOB content! If you have any interest in real estate investing, Cam is an outstanding resource and offers extensive tools and training.


Happy Skies!


Mike Caban (aka CSOB1)





This site is not reviewed by, owned or affiliated with Textron Inc., which is the sole owner of the BEECHCRAFT, KING AIR and other registered trademarks.


This is a PERSONAL blog and homage targeted at the cost effective care and operation of vintage Beechcraft Bonanza and Baron airplanes.


The information presented in is advisory in nature and is NOT to be relied upon without proper consultation with and agreement by your A&P to use or implement any of the suggestions made here. Remember, the FARs are very clear that the Airworthiness of your aircraft rests with YOU, the owner/PIC.


The material on this site may not be current. All material provided on this site is provided as is and any express or implied warranties, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are disclaimed. In no event shall the site owner, administrator, author or contributors be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary or consequential damages however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability or tort arising in any way out of the use of the information provided on this site, even if advised of the possibility of such damage.


By accessing this site and content you agree that YOU are ultimately responsible and accountable for your actions as a PIC and/or aircraft owner. CSOBeech is not responsible for how you use the information presented in this site.



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