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The ABS Air Safety Foundation A36

The ABS Air Safety Foundation has acquired N3819M (serial number E-1849), a 1981 A36 Bonanza.

How will ASF use this A36?

  • As subject of training videos for Beechcraft pilots, flight instructors and mechanics
  • Training and standardizing the next generation of BPPP flight instructors
  • Hands-on mechanic training in the ABS Maintenance Academy
  • ABS Ambassador flights for pilots wanting a flight in a Beechcraft as part of their decision about what type of airplane to buy
  • BPPP flights for pilots wishing to train before they accept delivery of their airplane, and for international members traveling to the U.S. who desire to take BPPP training, when commercial operators are unable to fill the need 
  • To "show the ABS flag" at aviation events
  • Travel on Society business
  • As a flying test-bed for future aircraft longevity studies (such as we needed in the ABS spar web investigation)

A generous gift in the will of member Dick Swenson was earmarked for support of pilot, mechanic and flight instructor training in the name of BPPP founder Sam James. The ABS Air Safety Foundation Board of Directors voted to dedicate funds from this donation to purchase, upgrade and operate an A36 Bonanza to meet ASF's educational goals.

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N3819M panel

What's happening with the ASF airplane?

(updated December 22, 2016)

Before N3819M can adequately represent ABS and the ABS Air Safety Foundation, it must be made presentable.  Here's what is happening or soon will be happening with the ABS/ASF A36:

  1. New paint. N3819M's paint testifies to the fact it had been stored outside for several years prior to acquistion by the Foundation. It needs to be stripped and painted--and we want you to help design the new paint scheme. Scheme Designers, Inc. has volunteered to digitze the winning paint scheme contest entry, and we'll soon announce the generous offer of a well-known facility that will give ASF a deep discount on the cost of painting the airplane.
  2. New registration. When the ASF A36 is painted we will change its registration to N504SJ: 50 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ABS in 2017, and 4SJ "for" BPPP founder Sam James...recognition fulfilling the wishes of late ABS member Dick Swenson, whose generous bequest was used in part to purchase the ABS airplane.
  3. New avionics. The ASF A36 has a perfectly functional panel including a Garmin transponder, GNS530 non-WAAS navigator, and S-Tec 55X autopilot. But we need an ADS-B solution, and would like to upgrade to a WAAS-capable GPS. Several avionics vendors have offered to donate upgrades to the ABS airplane's panel; we'll be making selections and arranging for installation early in 2017.

Our plan is to have N504SJ ready for video production and display at ABS events by late spring/early summer 2017, depending on scheduling of the major upgrades. Meanwhile it is available for BPPP instructional flights and flight instructor accreditation (contact asf@bonanza.org with requests), will be used in some ASF video production on a limited basis (we'll save most production until the paint and panel are complete), and between upgrades will be used for staff travel to ABS events.

Watch this page for updates on the progress of the ABS Air Safety Foundation A36.

Last Updated: December 22, 2016