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American Bonanza Society Magazine

Across the Atlantic in a Vintage Bonanza 1950 B35 N8858A (D-2513)

Andreas Penner, Bitche, France

Being European and living along the German border in the Alsace Region of France, finding the airplane I was looking for presented challenges not seen in the USA. It was in July 2013, when I visited the ABS tent in Oshkosh with my wife Valentina, that we decided to start looking for a Bonanza. For three years I regularly checked the market, both in the U.S. and Europe, for the right V-tail. One of my requirements was that our aircraft must meet the IFR requirements for Europe. I also wanted good range and, of course, it needed to be within our financial limits. Most important: I required that the aircraft would be certified for unleaded fuel.