Mooney International is set to deliver the first M20TN Acclaim Type S aircraft with a Chinese National Registration, (“B” number), to its owner in China at the end of December.
Mooney officially received the Validation of Type Certificate (VTC) issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on Dec. 9. This allows Mooney to directly export aircraft to China, according to company officials.
“CAAC’s approval of the M20TN Acclaim and M20R Ovation models is excellent news for Mooney International and prospective customers in China,” said Mooney CEO Jerry Chen. “The Acclaim and Ovation are perfect for the emerging Chinese personal aircraft market as they deliver turboprop speed with piston engine efficiency and cost.”
Two Mooney aircraft in China’s Henan Province have been flying demonstration and exhibition flights on their U.S. “N” registration numbers.
News of the newly granted VTC means the Mooney aircraft can now be registered under China’s “B” numbers. The third, a new production aircraft, is due to arrive at Mooney’s partner company, Henan Soaring in Shangjie, this month. The VTC approval will make this aircraft the country’s first official “B” registered Mooney M20TN Acclaim Type S.