In fact, that spate of accidents was part of the reason for the creation of the Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program (BPPP) in 1983 by the American Bonanza Society.
The BPPP offers a variety of online training, as well as flight instruction. BPPP is designed to make Beechcraft owners safer and more accomplished pilots, according to ABS officials.
When the Bonanza was first introduced in 1947, most pilots transitioning into the Bonanza were flying an Aeronca Champ or Cessna 140, or something similar, explained Thomas P. Turner, executive director of the American Bonanza Society Air Safety Foundation.
“There was a huge leap in aircraft capability, and the intricacy of the systems of the airplane, at the time,” he explained. “They became much more complex airplanes, and so there were a lot of accidents initially.
“Eventually, the flight instruction community learned how to teach people to fly Bonanzas, and the accident rate dropped off,” he said.