Mooney Celebrates First Ovation Ultra Delivery

The single-engine piston also made an appearance at the Arizona Aircraft Expo.

Mooney Ovation Ultra
Mooney's Ovation Ultra had a big week, making an appearance in Arizona following the first delivery of the aircraft.Mooney International

It has been a year-and-a-half since Mooney Aircraft's first Ovation Ultra took flight from the company's headquarters in Kerrville, Texas, and it hasn't all been good news for the manufacturer since then. But Mooney is closing out 2017 on a strong note, as it recently celebrated the delivery of the first Ovation Ultra, before bringing the single-engine piston aircraft to the Arizona Aircraft Expo in Scottsdale.

We are thrilled to have delivered our first Ovation Ultra! This is also the first Ultra equipped with TKS, manufactured by CAV Ice Protection. #flyfast #flysafe #MooneyAircraft

Posted by Mooney International on Thursday, November 9, 2017

In addition to the first delivery, Mooney also announced the selection of CAV Ice Protection to provide Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) certified TKS Ice Protection and support services for the M20 Ultra series aircraft.

“Throughout the history of Mooney, we have installed and used CAV Ice Protection equipment. The TKS Ice Protection System has proven to be a reliable and effective system that allows equipped aircraft to safely fly within the flight into known icing conditions envelope,” said Mooney’s Chief Engineer Kevin Hawley.

As we’ve previously reported, the Ovation Ultra’s most notable enhancement is the pilot’s side door, while the fuselage is constructed with a composite material instead of metal. The Ultra’s interior will make pilots feel like they’re riding in a sports car, and the airplane is powered by a Continental 310-hp IO-550-G engine, with a top speed of 197 KTAS and a 1,450 nm range with long-range tanks.

Both the Ovation and Acclaim Ultra models received FAA certification in March.