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Wed, Apr 05, 2006

Mooney Ovation2 GX Sets Speed Record Enroute To Lakeland

Mooney's Vice President of Sales and Marketing and one of the company’s demonstration pilots established a new world record for speed over a recognized course in an Ovation2 GX on Sunday, April 2, 2006 enroute from Wichita, KS to Lakeland, Florida.

David Copeland, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing, and co-pilot Justin Milam departed Wichita at 7:51 AM and climbed directly to an altitude of 17,000 feet. They averaged 221.4 knots over the 967 mile route, landing in Lakeland at 1:12 PM local time for a total elapsed time from lift-off to touchdown of 4 hours and 21 minutes.

The new record is the second in as many years for Mooney. A Bravo GX flown by Mooney’s chief of flight test Paul Arambide set a National Aeronautics Association (NAA)-sanctioned world record between Mooney’s factory site in Kerrville, Texas and Lakeland last year in 2 hours and 54 minutes. The details of this year’s Wichita-Lakeland record flight have also been submitted to the NAA for review and certification as a record for piston powered aircraft in the 2,205-3,358 lb. category.

“This speed record underscores the outstanding performance characteristics of the Ovation2…and makes it obvious that Mooneys continue to set the standard for speed and performance in their class,“ said Copeland (pictured below).

“The extended flight illustrates not only the exceptional speed of the aircraft, but the fuel efficiency and confidence that are part of the Mooney Ovation2’s standard package. Its Garmin G1000 avionics suite made precise navigation easy and helped shave time off the trip,” he added.

The record flight was accomplished with a crew of two plus luggage and boxes of air show materials on board.

“Our average fuel burn was 11.9 gallons per hour and we landed with 28 gallons still available. No other aircraft in their class can match the efficiency of the Mooney products,” Copeland stated.

FMI: www.mooney.com

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