Mooney International has unveiled a redesigned and upgraded version of its flagship M20 Acclaim piston single. The launch of the $780,000, high-performance aircraft marks the first major upgrade for the Kerrville, Texas-based company since its acquisition in 2013 by China's Meijing Group.

Speaking at the roll-out ceremony in Kerrville, Texas on 10 February, Mooney’s director of sales and marketing Jared Absher said, when designing the M20V Acclaim Ultra, the airframer “focused on changes that will broaden [its] appeal to those looking for a latest generation interior, improved cabin access and professional flight deck”.

Mooney M20V

Mooney International

The upgraded Acclaim incorporates a number of enhancements including a pilot door, composite-wrapped cabin, a clean-sheet interior and a Garmin G1000 glass cockpit. “Not a switch, jack or control has escaped scrutiny,” says 87-year-old Mooney.

The Continental TSIO-550-G-powered M20V also has a maximum take-off weight of 1,820kg (3,370lb), a range of 1,275nm (2,360km) and a maximum cruise speed of 240kt (2,790km), “making it the fastest production piston-engined aircraft in the world”, the manufacturer adds.

Certification and service entry of the four-seat type are scheduled for the second quarter.

Source: Flight International