Earlier this week, Mooney announced they would be following competitors Piper (with their Archer DX) and Redbird (with their retrofitted 172 known as the Redhawk) into the training market with the Mooney M10 T and Mooney M10 J. Mooney, which hasn’t manufactured a primary trainer since the Mooney M10 Cadet in 1970, is planning on putting Jet A burning Continental Engines in the new aircraft. The mockup was unveiled at Airshow China.
The Mooney M10 T is a 3 seat, fixed gear trainer sporting a Continental CD-135 engine. At 135 HP, the initial design data claims the Mooney M10 T will be able to cruise at 140 KTAS at 75% power, allowing the Jet A engine to burn between 4-5 gallons per hour while holding 42 gallons of fuel. As with other Jet A piston powered airplanes, the Mooney M10 T will have a Fully Automated Digital Engine Control (or FADEC) system. This leaves just a single power lever in the cockpit, allowing the pilot to set a percent power and the FADEC computer will set the manifold pressure, prop speed, and mixture.
The Mooney M10 J has a slightly bigger engine, the 155 HP Continental CD-155. It also is equipped with retractable gear. Initially, Mooney is predicting 160 KTAS at 75% power for the Mooney M10 J. The airplane will come as a two-seater, but will have a third seat as an option. Mooney says that the Mooney M10 J will allow pilots to make an easy transition to the bigger and faster M20J that has been popular for many years amongst “Mooniacs.”
In a new direction for Mooney, the Mooney M10 T Mooney M10 J will both be composite airplanes with side sticks, instead of the traditional sheet metal exterior with a yoke as Mooney aircraft have been in the past. Also venturing from the more powerful Mooney aircraft is the fact that the Mooney M10 T and Mooney M10 J will have two doors. Remaining, though, is the swept tail that Mooney aircraft are known for. Both airplanes will be equipped with Garmin G1000 panels, while the Mooney M10 J will also have the GFC 700 autopilot, marketing more toward aircraft owners rather than students.
The only downside that I read about was the time between replacements for the engines. For the CD-135 engine in the Mooney M10 T, time between replacement is 1,500 hours, whereas the CD-155 only has a 1,200 hour replacement time.
Mooney expects certification and deliveries to begin for the Mooney M10 T and Mooney M10 J in 2017.
Information courtesy of AOPA and Mooney International. Images courtesy of Mooney International.