April 2016 Issue
Mooney Reset: Cutting Build Costs
Legacy models are hobbled by high build-hour requirements. Investments at Kerrville aim to cut production time by as much as half.
Even if the likes of a Cirrus or Lancair hadnít come along, builders of metal airplanes like the Mooney M20 series were headed for a box. As volume diminished, the airplanes remained as complex as ever to build, with thousands of hand operations and individual parts. Economy of scale had evaporated.
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