EAA AirVenture

Mooney On Track for Dual Q3 Certifications

 - July 27, 2016, 7:47 AM
The M20V Acclaim Ultra adds a welcome pilot-side door to the iconic high-performance Mooney airframe. Photo: Matt Thurber

Mooney Aircraft’s latest models—the M20V Acclaim Ultra and M20U Ovation Ultra—are due to receive FAA certification in the third quarter, and flight testing continues on its new M10T all-composite trainer. Both the new Acclaim and Ovation are on display at Mooney’s pavilion this week at EAA AirVenture 2016, and while both offer performance improvements, the 242-knot Acclaim Ultra has generated plenty of interest from show visitors for its new pilot-side door and composite-wrapped cabin. 

Work on the the fixed-gear M10T and retractable-gear M10J is under way at Mooney’s Chino, Calif. research and development facility. The M10s are powered by Continental’s CD-135 diesel engine and feature Garmin G1000 avionics and a slotted wing design. The M10J will also be equipped with an autopilot. 

The M10T has flown more than 47 flights and 66 hours, and this has included stall testing, envelope expansion, handling qualities evaluation, engine cooling tests and engine tuning. Mooney hasn’t announced the certification timeline for the M10s, but expects to do so by year-end. 

Mooney also announced an agreement with Jeppesen to supply its PilotPak data services bundle to buyers of new Mooneys, and the agreement includes a year’s subscription following delivery.