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Up front, a heated Hartzell three-blade prop translates engine power into thrust. For redundancy, G36 standard equipment includes dual electrical systems with a 100-amp main-buss alternator and matching battery, plus a 20-amp alternator and a smaller battery for the stand-by buss. There is no suction system or air-powered instruments; even the stand-by Attitude Indicator is electric.

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The walk-around of the G36 doesn’t differ appreciably from that of the A36, and the configuration of the airplane and cowl access makes easy work of conducting the vital checks necessary before flight. The start process begins with the flip of four switches on the lower-left panel – they’re all color-coded a matching blue, to it’s easy; the PFD starts to come alive with engine gauges showing along with a caution to keep the wings level as the AHRS initializes. It’s worth noting that the AHRS can realign itself in flight, should a reset be necessary.

closed, then cracked about a half inch, a turn of the keyless magneto/starter switch and at about the ninth prop blade to pass the big Continental fired up and settled into an ultra-smooth idle.

While the single AHRS gets its bearings, with mixture at full rich and throttle at full, I arm the fuel-boost pump long enough to see flow reach 14 gph and shut it off. Throttle

Avionics switch on and the MFD lights up as its systems come on line – a process that ends when the engine data disappears off the PFD and show up in its own space on the MFD.

Photos by Dave Higdon

During the run-ups, you add to the usual magneto checks an electrical-system check at 2,100 rpm. Once we see the two electrical systems “handshake” we’re ready to go. With the trim set for take-off, flaps at the takeoff stop on the panel switch, and my target rotation speed of 72 knots noted, it was time to fly. Throttle at full, brakes off when the tach showed 2,700, and the G36 accelerated afM AY / J U N E 2 0 1 0

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