Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Mooney Ovation 3: Turbo Performance Without The Turbo

The Ovation 3 is the fastest normally aspirated production single ever—period

By any measure, Mooney has always been a survivor. The company that helped define performance and efficiency a half century ago continues to lead the industry in the parameter that excites pilots most—speed.

Tips For Using The Garmin G1000
mooney1 Know both the Crosswind and HeadWind Components. Both ATIS and AWOS/ASOS provide information on airport winds, but the information often is either old (ATIS) or not applicable to the approach or to the runway itself. For a good reference on the changing wind speed and direction during the approach, set the G1000's PFD display to show both crosswind and headwind components. It also provides a good last-glance crosswind reference as you prepare to land.

Choose one of three wind display options by pressing the PFD's soft key, followed by the Wind soft key, and then selecting the desired wind display. OPTN 1 and 3 provide both headwind and crosswind components so you can choose your favorite display.

mooney2 Dim the Screens at Night. As beautiful as the PFD and MFD screens are, even with their automatic dimming, they can be too bright at night. You can dim the MFD by turning off the topography display at night, but the PFD will remain bright. Better yet, the PFD has an option that allows you to individually adjust the brightness of either display. To change the backlighting, with the Flight Plan window closed, press the PFD's MENU button to open the PFD Setup Menu window, select MANUAL and choose the brightness that works best.

mooney3 Manage your Speed in Turbulence. It can be a handful to fly in turbulence while managing everything else. The smart pilot uses the autopilot. The G1000's GFC 700 offers both rate of climb (VS) as well as constant-speed (FLC) climbs and descents. When in turbulence, consider using the FLC option for a constant-airspeed climb or, especially, descent. Just set it for the appropriate maneuvering speed using the NOSE UP and DN buttons and use the throttle to adjust the fpm rate. If the turbulence is really bad, turn the autopilot off and hand-fly, keeping the aircraft's pitch and roll level. Remember that the POH's maneuvering speed value is for the aircraft's maximum certified weight. Decrease airspeed for lower gross weights.

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