This 1986 Mooney M20K 252TSE Is an Efficient, High-Altitude ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

Turbocharging helps aerodynamic design reach its performance potential in the flight levels.

1986 Mooney M20K 252TSE [Courtesy: Melodie Poisson]

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Over decades of production, Mooney’s M20 series went through numerous changes as the aircraft evolved to meet customer demands. Even the earliest models, though, were known for getting high performance from relatively low power.

When some of the first M20s hit the market, they used 150 hp engines similar to those in Cessna 172s, but their sports car-like performance felt nothing like that of a trainer. The M20 gradually gained speed using more powerful engines but always seemed to accomplish a lot with a little.

The M20K model for sale here marked a significant advance in performance with engine output climbing above 200 hp and turbocharging that enabled the aircraft to make the most of its clean aerodynamics by flying at higher altitudes. When you fly a Mooney, you can feel the difference a truly efficient design makes, especially during the approach and landing phases of flight.

Mooneys slip through the air so readily that slowing one down for landing can be challenging. While experienced Mooney pilots generally do not have trouble controlling their speed, this M20K and many like it have speedbrakes that deploy from the wings, just in case. 

This 1986 Mooney M20K has 1,660 hours on the airframe and its 225 hp Lycoming TSIO-360 engine. Its Hartzell three-blade aluminum propeller was installed in 2003 and has been in service for 500 hours. The aircraft carries 72 gallons of fuel and has a range of 890 nm, maximum takeoff weight of 2,900 pounds and useful load of 803 pounds. It is equipped with speedbrakes and an oxygen system.

The panel includes a Garmin GMA 35c audio panel, GTN 750 GPS/Nav/Comm, G500 flight display, G5, GTX 345R transponder, and AutoCruze 230 autopilot.

Pilots looking for a fast, efficient traveling airplane that can operate comfortably at high altitudes should consider this 1986 Mooney M20K 252TSE, which is available for $280,000 on AircraftForSale.

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Finance. For more information, email

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