Mooney Airplane Company tells ANN
that Joe Kortsch, the Mooney Airplane Company's Manager of
Assembly, flew Mooney's Bravo in world record time from Kerrville,
Texas to Lakeland, Florida on Saturday, April 9, 2005.
Kortsch and Mooney's Director of Marketing and Sales Support
Roger Munt departed the Mooney production site at Kerrville at 8:40
AM CDT, and climbed to an eventual en route altitude of 25, 000
feet. They averaged 230 knots over the 963-mile route, landing in
Lakeland at 1:50 PM local time for a total elapsed time of 4 hours
and 10 minutes. The details of the flight have been submitted to
the National Aeronautics Association (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 of
the Mooney Bravo GX," said David Copeland, Mooney's Vice President
of Sales and Marketing. "The extended flight illustrates not only
the speed of the aircraft, but the fuel efficiency and confidence
that the new Bravos equipped with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite
provide. The G1000 made precise navigation easy and helped shave
time off the trip. The Bravo GX's record was accomplished with a
crew of two plus luggage aboard. Joe and Roger took off with a fuel
load of 102 Gallons and landed with 20 Gallons available.
That translates into an economical fuel consumption of 20
Gallons per hour. No other aircraft in their class can match the
performance and value of the Mooney Bravo and Ovation," Copeland
Mooney is participating in the 31st Annual Sun 'N Fun Fly-In for
the second consecutive year. The company included the Florida event
in its ongoing Freedom Tour, a 30-city odyssey featuring the new
Bravo and Ovation2 GX models, which began in February and will
continue through the end of July.