Mooney M10T

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M10T
Role Light aircraft
Manufacturer Mooney Aircraft
First flight 23 December 2015 (proof of concept aircraft)
Introduction 11 November 2014
Status Canceled
Number built one prototype M10T

The Mooney M10T is a light aircraft that was under development by Mooney Aircraft with an original proposed delivery date in 2017. The project was cancelled in April 2017.

The first flight of the proof of concept prototype was on 23 December 2015.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The M10T is a three-seat, single engine, low-wing, tricycle gear composite aircraft, that was originally proposed as a new training aircraft.[2] Although similar in configuration to the Ercoupe-based Mooney M10, the aircraft is an all-new design of composite construction with sidestick controls. The M10J is a parallel development, with a larger 155 hp (116 kW) engine and retractable landing gear.[2][3][4][5]

The company planned to produce the design at its Chino, California plant initially, with the option of expanding to its Kerrville, Texas facility. Assembly was also considered for a new plant under construction in Hunan province, China.[6]

In April 2017 the company indicated that development was canceled, but that their next-generation piston aircraft would use the knowledge they gained during the project.[7][8]

Variants[edit]

M10T
Fixed gear trainer with Continental CD-135 diesel engine. One prototype built.
M10J
Retractable gear version with Continental CD-155 diesel engine. None completed.

Specifications (M10T)[edit]

Data from AOPA[3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 2 passenger
  • Fuel capacity: 42 U.S. gallons (160 L; 35 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental CD-135 Four cylinder diesel, 135 hp (101 kW)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed Composite

Performance

  • Cruise speed: 140 kn (160 mph, 260 km/h)
  • Never exceed speed: 160 kn (180 mph, 300 km/h)

Avionics

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kauh, Elaine (23 December 2015). "Mooney M10T Achieves First Test Flight". AVweb. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "M10T". Mooney. Archived from the original on 26 December 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Mooney Unveils Diesel M10T, M10J". AOPA. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  4. ^ Bergqvist, Pia (11 November 2014). "Mooney Launches Diesel-Powered M10 Two Seater". Flying. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  5. ^ Trimble, Stephen (13 November 2014). "Mooney adds composite, diesel-powered aircraft to portfolio". Flightglobal. Washington, D.C.: Reed Business Information. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  6. ^ Bertorelli, Paul (4 December 2014). "New Mooneys To Be U.S.-Built, But China Remains An Option". AVweb. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  7. ^ Bertorelli, Paul (4 April 2017). "Mooney Shows Certified Acclaim, Recalibrates M10 Project". AVweb. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  8. ^ Laboda, Amy (4 April 2017). "Mooney CEO: M10 Proof-of-concept Program Is Over". AINonline. AIN Publications. Retrieved 25 May 2017.

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