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Beechcraft Baron, Bonanza, Cessna high-wing get cockpit overhauls, other upgrades

Textron Aviation has been on an upgrade spree of its jets and is now turning the spotlight to its iconic lineup of piston aircraft. The Beechcraft Baron, Beechcraft Bonanza, and Cessna high-wing aircraft will all receive major upgrades. New models are expected to begin rolling out as early as mid-2022.Beechcraft Baron G36. Photo courtesy of Textron Aviation.?? Beechcraft Baron and Bonanza pistons see a range of enhancements New production Beechcraft Bonanza G36 will now offer a 155-pound increase to its maximum takeoff weight, giving the aircraft a maximum useful load of 1,213 pounds in its standard configuration.Beechcraft Baron G58. Photo courtesy of Textron Aviation. On the avionics side, Bonanza and Beechcraft Baron G58 users will see a new cockpit layout with a standalone autopilot controller. Additionally, the aircraft will include a Garmin GI 275 electronic standby, a carbon monoxide detector integrated into the avionics system, USB ports at every seat, powered headset plugs, and updated LED exterior lighting for better visibility. Buyers of the new Bonanza and Baron aircraft will also be able to choose between three new interior designs. Cessna high-wing pistons feature modernized cockpit New production Cessna high-wing piston aircraft - including the popular Cessna 172 Skyhawk and Cessna 182 Skylane - will see a newly added Garmin GI 275 electronic standby. The standby will modernize the cockpit by eliminating the three analog standby instruments while also providing more flight data. The aircraft's interior will see a refresh with the addition of Alcantara inserts in the seats and a backlit USB A/C port in the cockpit. Often used in race car interiors, Alcantara is a synthetic leather that doesn't absorb heat like traditional leather, nor liquid like a cloth material. "These were upgrades that will truly enhance the flying experience for our customers," said Chris Crow, vice president, Piston Sales. "Customers will experience a noticeable change when they're inside of each aircraft." Those attending SUN ‘n FUN in Lakeland, Florida, this week will have the opportunity to view Textron Aviation's static display of aircraft, including the mockup of the new Beechcraft Denali.RELATED: Pilot ranks best aircraft for flight training in 2022
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