Raytheon Certifies Beechcraft G58 Baron

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What do you call a Beech Model 58 Baron when it's carrying a Garmin G1000 integrated avionics system? If you're Raytheon, you call it a G58 Baron, the new prefix letter complying with the company's recent name change to its venerable 36-series Bonanza, the G36. Raytheon last week announced it had obtained FAA type certification for the new model, which features Garminís G1000 integrated avionics system as standard equipment, along with the avionics company's GFC 700 autopilot and GWX68 color weather radar. "Truly the most refined piston-twin ever built, the Beechcraft Baron continues to represent the pinnacle of high performance piston-twin aircraft," said Randy Groom, president of Beechcraft. The new model also features new paint and logo designs.

Differences between the G58 and earlier Barons include using the Garmin G1000's primary flight display (PFD) to replace the traditional flight instruments and a multi-function display (MFD) to present engine instrumentation, terrain, navigation and integrated autopilot controls on a second 10-inch LCD. The aircraft is powered by 300-hp TCM I0550-C engines, giving it a top speed of 202 knots and a maximum range of more than 1,000 nm.