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About the Plane:


1992 Mooney MSE M20J  Specs:

Plane:         - 4 seats, 2900 lbs max gross capacity

                       - reduced to 1 seat, increased to 3400 lbs gross, for ferry flights

                       - empty weight 1900 lbs

                       - retractable landing gear

                       - originally 64 gallons fuel in wings, increased to 100 gals with Monroy tanks

                        - 70 gallon ferry tank will replace back seats

                       - wingspan 36' 1", length 24' 8"

Engine:       - Lycoming I/O 360 -A3B6

Prop:          - McCauley, 2 blade


                       - Garmin 430 GPS/com/nav

                       - King KCS 55A HSI

                       - BFGoodrich WX-900 stormscope

                       - S-TEC 30 autopilot


                       - cruise 150 K true at 12,000 ft

                       - fuel burn 8.5 gal/hr at gross weight

I know that I'm a little biased, but I LOVE my Mooney.  It's the perfect plane for the type of flying I do -- long trips.  It's extremely fuel efficient.  I've quoted the specs, but my actual fuel usage is about 7.5 gal/hr at 55% power and 145 knots true.

On the Angel Flights, Air Life Line or Young Eagle missions, I put 2 or 3 passengers in with little trouble.  The cabin isn't as small as some people think.  When I'm alone, I carry lots of stuff, my bike, camping gear, etc.  

It's really a GREAT utility airplane that gets me there FAST and economically.

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I'm happy to hear from you, please email me at cagarratt@gmail.com any ideas, suggestions or flight tips.  Thanks.