"Twin-engine performance, single-engine economy", a cruise range of 1,819 kms with a top speed of 365 km/h
VH-MZY is a Mooney M20K (231) turbo S/N 25-00297 Manufactured at Kerrville, Texas, in 1980
Mooney 231 (M20K) turbocharged
Horsepower: 210, TCM TSIO-360-LB1B powerplant
Gross Weight: 1315 kgs
Top Speed: 201 kts
Cruise Speed: 191 kts
Fuel Capacity: 272 ltrs
Stall Speed (dirty): 57 kts
Range: 980 nm
Takeoff Ground Roll: 1220 ft Rate Of Climb: 1080 fpm
Landing Ground Roll 1147 ft Over 50 ft obstacle: 2280 ft
Operational Ceiling 24000 ft
Propeller: McCauley two-blade, constant speed, 74in diameter
Wing Span: 11 metres
Length: 7.75 metres
Aspen EFD1000 PFD, Avidyne 540,Garmin 430W, Century 41 Autopilot, King KN62A DME, Garmin GTX-330ES Transponder - ADSB-out, KMA30 Audio. Garmin GTS800 TCAS. Portable oxygen, EDM 700 Engine Management, Avidyne Tactical Weather TWX650, Merlyn Wastegate, speed brakes, one-piece belly
Norfolk Island, South Pacific
Mooney VH-MZY model M20K is one of a family of piston-powered, propeller-driven general aviation aircraft, all featuring a low-wing and tricycle gear, manufactured by the Mooney International Corp, Kerrville Texas.
The "M20" was the twentieth design from Al Mooney, and his most successful. The M20 series was produced in many variations over the last 50 years, from the wooden wing M20 and M20A models of the 1950s, to the M20TN Acclaim that debuted in the 21st century.
The wings are of cantilever construction, consisting of a main spar and an auxiliary spar that extends from the fuselage to the mid position of the flaps. The wing skin is aluminum which is flush riveted in many areas to reduce parasitic drag. Slotted flaps cover 70% of the trailing edge. The forward fuselage has a steel tube cabin structure covered in aluminum skin, while the aft fuselage is of semi-monocoque design.
The tricycle undercarriage legs of the M20K is made of heat-treated chrome-molybdenum steel. The main gear legs are attached to the main wing spar, while the nose gear is mounted onto the steel cabin frame. Rubber discs, as well as spring steel, around the legs allow for compression and shock absorption on landing - the nose wheel retracts rearward and the main wheels towards the fuselage. The M20K has an electrically operated landing gear retraction system with a backup wire-pull gear extender.
The empennage of the M20K is easily recognizable by its unique tailplane with a vertical leading edge. (The tail looks like it is "leaning forward", but it is actually straight vertical.) The horizontal tailplane, which consists of a fixed stabiliser and trailing elevator, has no trim tabs. The entire tail assembly pivots at the rear of the fuselage to provide for pitch trim.
The M20K stores fuel in two separate "wet wing" tanks, which are located in the inboard sections of each wing. Fuel is driven from the tank to the injectors or carburetor by an engine-driven pump, backed up with a 2-speed electric boost pump.
Aspen EFD1000 PFD, Garmin 430W, Garmin 100, Century 41 Autopilot, King KN62A DME, Garmin GTX-330ES Transponder - ADSB-out, King KY195 Dual Comms, King KR37 ADF. Garmin GTS800 TCAS. Intercom, portable oxygen, EDM 700 Engine Management, WX900 Stormscope. Merlyn Wastegate, speed brakes, one-piece belly
VH-MZY over Mitta Mitta, Victoria, Australia
Russell Kelly has owned his Mooney since April 1988 and at October 2012 VH-MZY had completed 5,000 flight hours and over 5,200 landings. A new Continental engine was installed in December 2012 and a new propeller in January 2014.