Textron Aviation is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beechcraft Baron 58’s maiden flight. The prototype of the piston twin first flew on 23 June 1969, and the aircraft was first delivered in 1970. Since then, the aircraft has undergone five decades of evolution, and more than 3,100 aircraft have been delivered.
“Through constant innovation and technology upgrades since its introduction in 1969, the Baron 58 is the perfect combination of versatility, superb performance and handling, offering the latest in technology and cockpit/cabin comfort,” said Chris Crow, vice president of piston sales. “As the industry’s fastest light twin, the Baron 58 was a success as soon as it entered the market, and our commitment to investing in the piston product line and ensuring our customers have access to the latest technology is why this airplane continues to lead the class in performance after five decades.”
The most recent upgrade to the Baron G58 is the addition of new standard and optional equipment as part of the Garmin G1000 NXi next-generation integrated flight deck, designed to provide pilots with enhanced control and connectivity. The new equipment includes a Garmin GMA 1360 audio panel, GFC 700 Autopilot with Enhanced Automatic Flight Control System and GWX 75 Doppler weather radar.
The Baron G58 is used as a recreation and business aircraft, with missions that include training and charter. The aircraft can carry four passengers more than 1,000 miles non-stop with a maximum cruise speed of 202ktas. The cabin provides flexible seating for two, four or six people, with the option to reconfigure and remove seats to accommodate mission needs and large baggage items.