TAMING THE CORROSION MONSTER
Corrosion is the biggest problem for aging aircraft. Like a wild beast, it can be reined in and tamed. We operate an aircraft maintenance shop in South Florida and service hundreds of aircraft a year with varying stages of corrosion. We own a 1956 G35 Bonanza. Probably no one at Beech thought it would still be flying after 55 years. We think it is a real testament to the design and workmanship of Beechcraft, but our aircraft are aging beyond what the designers envisioned for product life. We must be proactive in our approach to continue enjoying our Beechcraft.
BEECHCRAFT OWNERSHIP: WHAT TO EXPECT
People often ask us, "How long do you think my airplane will last?" And we respond, "It depends. Corrosion, sunlight and neglect can speed the deterioration of your aircraft. Tender loving care (TLC) can prolong its life. Just how much TLC and how much it will cost, now that's the crux of the matter."
BONANZA ON A BUDGET
Nearly every pilot dreams about owning a Beech aircraft. They are the design standard for safety and performance. Their production longevity is market proof of their design superiority. But how does a prospective buyer of a Bonanza, Baron, or Travel Air make the decision to buy and/or restore an older model?
MISSION: IT'S POSSIBLE
Okay, so that's a melodramatic way to begin a story about aircraft restoration. But those who have Lived to tell the tale will most likely agree that restoration is not for the faint of heart. Your "baby" will be gone over from stem to stem. It will be disassembled, repaired and reassembled to correct years of the effects of nature, as well as some neglect and/or abuse. One thing is for sure: You will have a better, safer and more valuable aircraft than when you started.