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VH-MZY is a Mooney M20K (231) turbo S/N 25-00297    Manufactured at Kerrville, Texas, in 1980

Mooney 231 (M20K) turbocharged
General Specifications
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  
980 nm 
    Ground Roll: 1220 ft       Rate Of Climb: 1080 fpm 
   Ground Roll 1147 ft        Over 50 ft obstacle: 2280 ft 
Operational Ceiling
     24000 ft 
McCauley two-blade, constant speed, 74in diameter
Wing Span: 
11 metres
7.75 metres
Aspen EFD1000 PFD, Avidyne IFD 540 & IFD-440,  Century 41 Autopilot, King KN62A DME, Garmin GTX-330ES Transponder - ADSB-out, KMA30 Audio. AV-17 Annunciator. Garmin GTS800 TCAS. Portable oxygen, EDM 700 Engine Management, Avidyne Tactical Weather TWX650, Merlyn Wastegate, speed brakes.
Norfolk Island, South Pacific
   (old paint scheme)
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 latest Acclaim models.  Mooney current manufacturer the fastest single engine production aircraft.
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 recognisable 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 at Mitta Mitta, Victoria, Australia
Over the Simpson Desert