Mooney M20J aircraft review: Flight speeds & Landing with gusty winds


Let’s take a look around this 1977
Mooney M20J or 201 model This is one of the best GA aircraft ever built it’s the fastest in its category the 200 horsepower category It has over 18,000 foot ceiling and it can cruise comfortably at 160 knots depending on
altitude and weight obviously So this is a single piece wing design
which is very strong design It has a steel cage built around the fuselage which makes it a very safe plane to fly as well This complex airplane has a very reliable and easy to maintain retractable gear system We’ve had this plane on a thousand-mile cross-country flight it handles well and it flies nice Take a look at the condition of this paint shiny clean it’s got a nice design
with the red and blue striping on the white background This was a full high-quality strip and repaint This type of job easily costs anywhere from
ten to eighteen thousand We haven’t buffed the plane what you see is just how clean the paint condition actually is on it right now This Mooney M20J was previously owned by a Navy flight instructor and airline
pilot down in the south So originally this particular plane came
with a wet wing design which unfortunately was known to have some leaks and require being resealed on occasion which could easily cost anywhere from eight to ten thousand dollars So this particular plane has had
the fuel bladders installed the STC update which avoids that cost As you can see it’s got a McCauley two blade prop Pretty good condition overall though it could use
a little bit of dressing I actually found an old photo that shows just how strong the wing design is on a Mooney airplane Overall a well-designed nice sleek aircraft Although it may look a little small from the outside It’s actually a fairly spacious interior The front has plenty of shoulder room and the rear has more than enough space
for two adults to sit There aren’t any headrests but
it’s not something we’ve noticed in flight they are very comfortable seats You can see the red white and blue interior
follows the outside color scheme as well Carpets nice condition panel is basically original You can see the engine monitor there though that was
about a $5,500 install so that’s been upgraded We’ve got this nice little
window in the glass which is very handy for hot summer days when you’re doing
your taxi and run up It is current IFR certified You can see the emergency gear
extension there as well as the fuel selector So this plane does come with
electric trim as well as an auto pilot those are both currently disabled You can see that the door panels
and plastic are in nice condition as well The cargo area here has straps down on the bottom for tying down whatever you’re hauling in there Quite a bit of space in there
for anything you want to take with you It does have a smaller shelf space here for lighter weight things that you want to carry as well There is a battery maintainer
directly plugged into the battery but it is a brand new Concorde battery
so not something that you’ll need anytime soon You can see that there are
vents for both the front and rear Those do let quite a bit of air in while you’re up in flight so that makes it
very comfortable for all passengers as well as the pilot while flying in those
hot summer days Now let’s take a look at the engine
on this Mooney M20J This is the Lycoming IO-360 horizontally-opposed four-cylinder fuel-injected 200
horsepower motor This has had a Penn Yan top overhaul done
about 590 hours ago It has the advanced engine monitor installed which is very good for helping
regulate the motor in flight and to monitor the health of your engine
while you’re flying As you can see here there is a
new Sky-tec starter installed One of the things that we always do on
oil changes is collect a sample of oil and run an oil analysis The green icons mean
that the engine is in good health and these graphs show that the parts per
million are staying steady or decreasing which means that there is no increased
wear on the interior components of the engine Overall this engine is clean you don’t see any oil leaks around the
valve cover gaskets or anything like that
it’s very common down here at this seam to show a little bit of oil seepage so
there actually has been some extra sealant put on there So the startup process on this Mooney is
to put the mixture to full rich Then put the boost pump on for about five seconds Once you turn it off drop the mixture down and put that throttle to about
a quarter inch above the cutoff go ahead and crank it to start and then increase the mixture and adjust the throttle The first thing we’re doing here is
checking for good oil pressure and we’ve already pre-selected the fuel to the
fuller tank before we started Take a look here you can see the light is on
for the gear down selector as well as the visual indicator down here on the floor So we’re gonna push the mixture to full
rich in preparation for the run-up The RPMs need to be up to 1,900 rpms so you
can see that here in the factory gauge and then over here on the engine monitor
it’s actually much easier to watch and see the mag drop We’re looking for less than 150 drop on each
with the difference of less than 50 When we cycle
the prop here we’re looking for changes in the RPM as well as the oil pressure both there on the factory gauge
as well as on the engine monitor With the winds
gusting at about 22 knots we’re going to do a no flap takeoff So what we need to
do is make sure that we put the boost pump on and the open the cowl flaps as well The winds today are actually gusting 17 to 22 knots with a cross wind
component but you can see just how steady even with a no flap this takeoff
is on this Mooney and the take-off ground roll is actually
only 880 feet for a Mooney M20J As you can see our current airspeed is
about 100 miles per hour Although VX is over a thousand foot per minute
on this Mooney we are doing about an 800 foot per
minute ascent right now and once we’ve reached about 500 AGL
then we go ahead and flip off the boost pump after that Running through the
features of this JPI EDM 830 you can see that we’re running about 2,300 rpm with about 24 inches of manifold pressure and that’s about 60% horsepower At the top right you can see that the oil pressure is at about 72 It shows that the fuel
used is just over 19 gallons and also gives you the fuel remaining as well as the outside air temperature of 70 degrees good battery voltage and
currently running about 7.2 gallons per hour The last gage there is the
difference in the hottest and coldest EGT and then on the left graph you can
see that the cylinder head temperatures and the exhaust gas temperatures are
also displayed across So we’re going to go ahead and take a
steep turn just over 30 degree bank angle You can see the turn coordinator as well as
the bank angle indicator there So at about 70% horsepower we are running at about
170 miles per hour indicated airspeed and looking at our tablet here we can see that it is at about 158 knots ground speed If we go ahead and drop down
to about 60% horsepower we’re only at 6 gallons per hour and about
130 miles per hour indicated airspeed with a ground speed of about 126 knots If you take a look once it’s fully trimmed out this plane will fly nice and level and smooth basically hands-free flying One of the other things people say about
a Mooney is that it’s actually hard to land but the most important thing is
just to maintain your approach speed and definitely do not try to force it down Even with winds gusting to 22 and a cross wind component this is a no flap landing you can see how nicely it settles right down
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5 Replies to “Mooney M20J aircraft review: Flight speeds & Landing with gusty winds”

  1. Robert D says:

    We don’t travel in mph

  2. James Coker says:

    Nice review! Is this plane for sale?

  3. Maher Hanna says:

    How much are you asking

  4. F15SE strike eagle says:

    You sound cute

  5. C J says:

    As an aspiring pilot this video is outstanding for showing every step in detail with actual explanations. Thanks.

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