Ferguson of Mooney, left, and Ken
Roberts of Rolls-Royce sign a joint engineering agreement.
Photo by Jack Hodgson
and Mooney, in a joint press conference at AirVenture on Thursday,
announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to
work together to determine the feasibility of using the new RR500
turboprop engine in future Mooney aircraft.
to Mooney, the creation of an affordable four-place, turbine-powered
aircraft fills an important need in providing a practical path for
high-performance piston pilots to step up to a superior aircraft. It
will also address the increasing problem of 100LL fuel scarcity
around the world.
the program will center on the newly announced Rolls-Royce RR500
turboprop engine. The RR500 is the fifth new civil engine program
launched by the company in the past two years and features
multi-fuel capability, an electronic engine monitoring system, and
extended time between overhauls.
RR500 turbine represents the next step in our exploration of
alternative fuel power for personal aircraft,’ said Mooney
President Dennis Ferguson.
The RR500 is expected
to be in production in 2011, with it potentially appearing on Mooney
airframes after that time. To learn more, visit www.Mooney.com