Mooney International introduced the first new Mooney models, the Mooney M10T and the M10J — since restructuring the company — at the Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai, China.
The new models “fill a need” and “provide a steppingstone to the high performance M20 series,” according to company officials.
The M10T is a fixed gear composite trainer equipped with Continental’s CD-135 Diesel engine. The M10J will provide an upgrade from the M10T airframe with more luxury and amenities for the owner pilot, company officials said. In addition, the M10J will be equipped with the CD-155 Diesel engine.
The M10T and M10J engines have leading turbo diesel technology, low operating costs, and provide pilots a fueling option of diesel or jet fuel.
These two aircraft are targeted not only at the mature western aviation market, but also for the fast growing Chinese market, according to Mooney officials.
The M10 series is expected to gain certification and begin deliveries in 2017.
The new models join Mooney’s M20 series. Until now, there has been no trainer in the Mooney product line, company officials note.
The M10J, displayed as a full-scale mock-up at the show, is a retractable gear, diesel-powered aircraft. The M10J performance goals include cruise speeds greater than 170 ktas and a range of more than 1,000 nm while maintaining a competitive market price. The “J” designation alludes to the M20J also known as the Mooney 201.
“We designed the all new M10J model with longtime Mooney fans in mind. The M20J helped change general aviation by making flying practical to more people across the U.S. Now, the M10J promises to do the same for the world. Not just in the U.S., but also in China as its general aviation industry quickly develops,” said Dr. Jerry Chen, Mooney CEO.