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What do you think of the new Mooney aircraft (Ovation2, Bravo) and the Garmin G1000?
If you give me one and let me fly it for a while I will give you a good evaluation. Just kidding. Friend of mine flies an older Moony and just loves it. Newer models must be a lot nicer.
I have been reviewing the manual, and watching the dvd for the
g1000, it appears to be everything and more. Instead of having
various intruments giving data, all information is consolidated in two displays. The overall workload is diminished considerably.
From what i see in the dvd the need to set radios manually
is almost nonexistent. The nexrad information allows storm
avoidance from a considerable distance. Metars, and TAFs are
present in the aircraft. The available information is now
all inclusive. The Ovation is a great aircraft, and now with 102
gallons of fuel, the range is unmatched.
i just spent 12 hours flying a mooney m20r with the g1000
1. this system just obsoleted all other systems to date. The g1000 is an order of magnitude beyond everything else.
2.Situational awareness is unreal, you may not have a second
vor as was before, but you now have a gps cdi, a vor1, and
a vor 2 all superimposed. this system sets the needle to the course on the flight plan automatically.
3. safety in the mooney is has gone from excellent to something beyond. You now have at your finger tips(literally) all the information you need to fly, and soon charts also. Frequencies
all update in flight. on approach the system automatically
changes from gps to ils, and then to missed approach, and
then to holds. weather(storm scope), traffic and terrain
all display. The gdl-69a will be available soon , and then
metars, tafs and nexrad will arrive. emergency procedures
are easy, and can be safely demonstrated. Everything can be\
4. positioning on controls is near perfect. You do not have to lower your head to change frequencies, or con tort yourself
to visually check circuit breakers.
imo, the new Ovation GX is the best normally aspirated set-up
built today. It combines speed, range and a fantastic load carrying capacity, with a state of the art electronic suite that is
easy to update, with minor software changes.
again, a truly fantastic aircraft and avionics.
Last October, I had the pleasure of being certified on the Garmin 1000 system in the DA40 installation. As a CFII, I agree with what you say to a degree. However, no system, no matter how sophisticated, will substitute for the primary system between the pilot's ears. There are some pilots I know that I will never fly with unless I can get my hands on the controls, no matter how slick the systems are; conversely, there are pilots that I would fly with in the simplest of Piper Cubs because they have demonstrated superior judgement and decision making skills. As I tell all of my students, fully rated or not: "You can't fly. If you think you can, I'll sell tickets to have people watch you run down the runway flapping your arms. Conversely, the airplane flies, and does so very well, but it cannot think. If you bear in mind the roles and limitations of each entity in the pilot/plane partnership, you will make an excellent team."
Just because I won't duck my own comments, that last post was mine.
I have been flying an Ovation 2GX since dec 27th 2004.
Cruise speed is about 188kts TAS at 7000'fuel burn about 17gph.
useful load full fuel 565lbs.
The airplane is comfortable, fast, and a pleasure yo fly.
Do you own the aircraft Frank. If so, do you mind letting me borrow it.
Make it a habit to check your fuel gauges to ensure the tanks are even.
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