October 2003 Issue

Letters: 10/03

Turbo Touts
Your articles in the August issue on turbocharging settled once and for all that if you fly short missions and/or stay low, turbocharging doesnít make sense.† Five years ago, I was faced with traveling from the Nashville area to the Oklahoma City area on a regular basis.† The Mooney 252 was my choice and I have never regretted it.†

First, measuring speed at the non-turboís altitude makes no sense, as you did for the Ovation and Bravo.† I only fly the 252, so I canít speak to the others, but I get 187 knots TAS out of the 252.††Thatís a 25-knot advantage plus tailwinds†of over 80 knots consistently in winter. †My best time for the trip was 2:32.† Try that at 15,...

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