Aircraft Review

March 1999 Issue

Mooney M20S Eagle

Ovation cruise speeds and about the same load hauling and range as the venerable 201.

[IMGCAP(1)] Is it about to get ugly out there?

We’re talking about competition in the four-place, high-performance single-engine market, which has essentially been owned by Mooney for most of the last decade.

With Beechcraft concentrating on six-placers, Cessna in hibernation until recently, Piper mostly building Malibus and Saratogas, Commander dribbling out airframes at boutique production rates and the French being, well, French with the Socata line, Mooney has continued to dominate in the U.S., building right around 100 airframes a year, give or take.

Now that both Cirrus and Lancair are poised to enter the four-place market with what will pass as moderately priced high-perform...

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