Why the fastest normally aspirated piston single in the skies is also the best non-turbo Mooney ever
We were getting a leisurely start to our Wednesday, as I trimmed up the plane and settled back in my seat, watching the surf-sandy central California coastline slide by to our right and the Channel Islands, hazy blue in the morning Pacific haze, 20 miles out across the sound, drift behind us on the left. more »
With a second door and an entirely new interior feel, the fastest production piston single on the planet feels like a whole new plane
It was a bright early spring day in the Hill Country of central Texas—well, it wasn’t really spring, but in Texas, a nice winter day feels decidedly spring-like. Which is nice when you’re exploring unheated hangars or wide-open expanses of tarmac. In addition to being pleasantly warm, it was bright on the Mooney ramp, too, more »
Few airplanes fly so fast with so little horsepower
Speed and horsepower don’t make very good bedfellows. While it’s true more power will increase speed, the trade-off is grossly disproportionate. Forget the math—it takes an exponential amount of power to improve cruise enough to notice. Ask Lyle Shelton, owner of Rare Bear, the Unlimited Class racing F8F Bearcat that’s won the Reno event a more »
The Ovation 3 is the fastest normally aspirated production single ever—period
Say what you will about American cars, but America builds some of the best civilian airplanes in the world. In the lower rungs of general aviation, especially trainers through four-seat retractables, American flying machines have virtually no equal.
If speed is your thing, The Acclaim Type S may be at the peak of the production pyramid
A few inches away, the world isn’t a friendly place. I’m cruising in a new Mooney M20TN Acclaim Type S at 25,000 feet over central Florida, and despite clear skies and warm temperatures on the ground, the air is cold and thin nearly five miles above the ocean. Without the Mooney’s protective bubble of aluminum and Plexiglas, plus oxygen masks to provide supplemental O2, I’d be in trouble.
Mooney’s new Ovation3 pushes the cruise-speed battle closer to 200 knots—without a turbocharger
On the face of it, retractable gear seems almost an ideal solution to the problem of making an airplane fly faster. The whole idea is to reduce drag and increase cruise; cleaning up the underwing accomplishes that mission, though with varying levels of success.
EXCLUSIVE! First look at the world’s fastest production airplane
Adapt, overcome and have fun—Mooney has done it again! Whether it’s staving off financial troubles, or innovating new products, Mooney has experienced some ups and downs in recent years. With the brand-new Acclaim, however, they’ve raised the bar. You want fast, you want improved climb rate, you want known ice with air-conditioning, you want to carry a respectable load? In short, if you want to fly higher, faster and farther, then get a new Mooney Acclaim.
For a pilot who has owned them all, only one stole his heart
Speed is a mission in itself; in fact, speed is the essence of flying. The faster you go, the faster you go faster, or at least most of us want to. Terry Williams of Fort Worth, Texas, goes faster than the majority of us in his Mooney 252.
The cockpit of an airplane with the soul of a sports car
Have you ever driven a Ferrari? A Ferrari is like no other, a bit hard to climb into, but once you’re there, you become part of the car. Acceleration, braking, turning, a Ferrari does everything fast, with a solid in-control feedback you feel in your whole body. It looks as fast as it drives.