November 11th, 2014
Mooney International Corporation, the new company that acquired Mooney, has launched the new Mooney M10 series airplanes. These airplanes are designed to be an entry level general aviation aircraft with a version of the aircraft designed as a training aircraft. The M10 was launched at Airshow China 2014, where a mock-up of the aircraft was unveiled. Mooney is going to build two new versions of the aircraft, the M10T and the M10J. The M10T is a fixed gear version that is designed as a trainer, while the M10J is designed for the end user. The M10J has a retractable gear and more amenities when compared to the M10T. Mooney has selected Continental Motors to provide the engines for the new aircraft. Continental Motors was also purchased by Chinese company AVIC International Holding Corporation, a division of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The Mooney M10T will be powered by the new Continental CD-135 series engine and the Continental CD-155 for the M10J. Both of these engines are diesel engines that will be able to run on Jet A or diesel fuel. Continental Motors has not announced the launch of these engines yet. The avionics system in the M10 series aircraft is going to be the Garmin G1000 avionics suite, based on photos of the mockup. Mooney is gearing up for the newly launched Chinese general aviation market, as the People's Republic of China is opening China's airspace to general aviation aircraft. A high majority of Mooney's orders for the Acclaim Type S and Ovation 3 are from China and the M10T / J will likely gain more orders from the nation. Mooney is planing on assembling the aircraft in China and in the United States. Parts for the aircraft are expected to come from both nations. Mooney will likely assemble all orders from Asia at Henan Soaring Aviation Corp in Zhengzhou, Henan, China. Mooney International is expecting that the aircraft will be certified and delivered in 2017, 3 or so years from now. Some other reports are saying that they plan on getting a type certificate for the aircraft in 2015 or 2016.
Above Mooney M10 mockup photo from the Mooney International Video below.