December 16, 2020 at 11:47 pm #2376Anonymous
Very eager for the long-body gross weight increase! It’s the only thing that I would change on my M20M FIKI. Greater take off and landing weight would make the airplane much more useful. Please keep us updated as more details become available.December 16, 2020 at 11:52 pm #2377Patrick HoranParticipant
I agree, I own a Mooney M20C. I am looking to upgrade to a long body specifically for this Mod! I cant waitDecember 18, 2020 at 10:05 pm #2515Anonymous
Is there any word on how many additional pounds may be gained from this potential STC?December 21, 2020 at 6:34 pm #2703Paul KortopatesParticipant
FWIW, by definition, an STC is a modification made by someone other than the manufacturer or type certificate holder. A gross weight change provided by Mooney will be likely in form as a Mooney drawing, perhaps communicated officially via Mooney Service Instruction, once an update to the Mooney TCDS (type certificate data sheet) is approved. In other words this will be a Mooney modification to the TCDS rather than a STC.
Be patient, I am sure the factory won’t delay one minute in letting us all know when they have one.December 23, 2020 at 7:37 pm #2794Michael HaehnleParticipant
This is the first I’ve heard that an increase in gross weight is even a possibility. That’s great news!December 23, 2020 at 11:31 pm #2795JonnyPollackParticipant
We’re working on it folks! Takes resources and time. The basic design is complete. Now working on prototype and then drop testing. The plane will ride higher on struts and will be much more forgiving on landing.
JonnyDecember 31, 2020 at 3:49 pm #2804John HallParticipant
Can’t wait to hear about it when it becomes available. Have just purchased our first Mooney (2006 FIKI). A gross weight increase would be incredibly helpful.March 25, 2021 at 4:07 pm #2977Douglas FurstParticipant
This would be great. My M20R is the first one and as such I think I have better useful load then some but more is always appreciated.March 30, 2021 at 12:47 pm #2981Ryan RileyParticipant
860# UL on my 2000 Mooney Bravo FIKI. It has amazing capes, but is not really a family hauler. Anyone know if we’re looking at a few hundred pound increase for long bodies? I think this would put most over 1,000 lb UL which would be awesome!!April 1, 2021 at 11:23 am #2982MarcLafoParticipant
Will this increase only apply for the long bodied models. I have a 65CApril 1, 2021 at 3:28 pm #2983Patrick HoranParticipant
This is only for Long bodies right now. There might be plans to expand it into mid bodies.
They are trying to increase the useful load by 400-500lbs though Mooney has been quiet since the website was created. I hope this doesnt mean that they are in trouble again.April 1, 2021 at 7:36 pm #2984Mooney Technical SupportKeymaster
We have been making strides in making parts, answering Tech Support email, phone calls etc. Hope to have some of your answers about GW increase as we get closer (many tests will need to be completed as well as certification items) – We will let you all know as soon as we can!!
Best Regards, Frank
April 21, 2021 at 7:21 pm #2997Robert Statius-MullerParticipant
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Frank, thanks for the update!
Can you manage our expectations and tell us whether we’re looking at a 2021 event, or 2022?
RobertApril 27, 2021 at 8:44 pm #3003Frank CrawfordParticipant
Hello Robert – I am hoping to have some news very soon, about when we can start attending events – we will post it on our website.May 16, 2021 at 3:59 pm #3031Ryan RileyParticipant
Frank, we’re all ears. This is a big deal for carrying four people, bags, and some fuel. Any timeline updates are appreciated if you can pass along.
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