After my trial subscription to PilotEdge ran out, I became curious about the stock X-Plane Beechcraft Baron 58 after having read that it was practically of payware quality. I’m currently working on flying the Carenado version of the Beechcraft Baron 58 with the REP plugin. I’m going to use this article to record what I’ve learned about flying the Baron.
The REP plugin enhances the Carenado, making it more realistic and adding functionality like ability to do walk around pre-flight checks, etc.
Here is the first paragraph of the Carenado manual:
AIRCRAFT GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The Beechcraft Baron is a light, twin-engined piston aircraft developed by Beechcraft. The Baron is a variant of the Travel Air, and was introduced in 1961. The first Baron model was the 55, introduced in 1961. It was a four to five seat twin engine airplane powered by two 260HP Continental IO-470.
In 1969, Beechcraft introduced the model 58. It has a six seats configuration with a passengers door in the back and club seating. It was powered with an IO-520 300HP engine then replaced by the more modern IO-550-C. Since then, the Baron didn’t change much. It earned an excellent reputation as the best light piston twin aircraft in the business.
This aircraft is certified to fly IFR in icing conditions as it is equipped with anti-icing and de-icing systems. The B58 simulated in this package is the 90’s “B1” model that features a 6 seats club configuration. It’s powered by two Teledyne Continental Motors IO-550-C engines that output 300 BHP at full throttle and 2700 RPM.
The Baron is known to be such a good machine that has no downsides except a terrific fuel burn.