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EMPOA Spring 2018

Tina and Gunter Haug at Fin del mundo in Ushuaia (Argentina)

Dear Mooniacs !

With carneval just coming to a close we are all looking forward to an interesting and most of all safe flying season 2018 aboard our Mooneys. With regards to EMPOA we are hosting a trip from June 14 to 18 to Aschaffenburg and Plzen in the Czech Republic. And we are already preparing our Annual General Meeting that will take place on June 14, 6:00 p.m., at Aschaffenburg (EDFC) and we would already like to cordially invite all of you.

It is very good news that EMPOA is enjoying a sound financial situation. Therefore we would like to ask all members to start thinking which project we want to start and support in the future. Your ideas concerning purchasing and investments are greatly appreciated and we would like to hear from you before our AGM in June. Why not get several Personal Locator Beacons for longer trips, another life raft or some special tools for Mooney maintenance? The sky is the limit...

Flying our Mooney is great fun – we surely all agree on that. But flying together is even greater fun. Therefore we would like to encourage all members to come forward with ideas for future fly-ins and organise them respectively. As a club we need this involvement of our members and you can rest assured that EMPOA will do everything to support your initiatives.

A very special adventure is on at this time for our Mooniacs Tina and Gunter Haug from Mannheim EDFM. With their Turbo Mooney N228RM they have been crossing the North Atlantic, flown over North America, the Caribbean and South America all the way to Tierra del Fuego and Chile. Presently they are in Texas on the return trip. If you want to keep up with those long-distance-travellers you can do so on Facebook at “N228RM” and on the forum of the website www.EuroGa.org

We wish them all the best for their winterly return flight and look forward to seeing them at Aschaffenburg and Plzen where they will be touching down with us again.

 

-Fly safe - and fast!-

Lukas Straubinger

(By clicking on the map you can see the route of Tina and Gunter Haug)
 

Mooney Announces Its Comeback II

Kerrville, Texas – After a five-year hiatus from manufacturing single-engine airplanes Mooney is pleased to announce that it will restart manufacturing at the beginning of January 2014 at its headquarters in Kerrville, TX. New funding from Soaring America Corporation, a California based Company will provide necessary capital to re-launch and sustain the legendary brand. Details of the financial arrangements will remain confidential. The company will continue to manufacture the Acclaim Type S, and the Ovation series.
 
“It’s a new day for Mooney. And with a new investment group that is committed to the future, we’re expecting to make a strong move in the industry,” noted Barry Hodkin, Chief Financial Officer for the company. It’s been a long time coming and we couldn’t be more excited about our return to manufacturing one of the finest and most trusted airplane fleets in the industry.”
 
The first order of business will be to hire and train a new workforce and reestablish the supply chain. The company is projected to recruit up to 100 people within the first year of operation. The company has a large variety of personnel needs that includes technicians, engineers, line workers, accounting and sales people. Within two years, the company is anticipating employing significantly more people depending on the demand for its products.
 
“While we expect to be reunited with some of our previous employees, we are confident we’ll attract new talent as we re-enter this aviation space. We’re looking for the best and brightest people to help meet our vision for the future,” said Hodkin.
 
The Acclaim Type S is recognized as the world’s fastest single engine airplane.The turbonormalized airplane is home to over 130 speed records with a normal cruise speed of 230 ktas and a service ceiling of 25,000 feet. The Ovation series has cruising speeds up to 190 ktas and a service ceiling of up to 20,000 feet.
 
“It’s too early to provide the details, but we’ll have some very exciting announcements in the near future about the technological advances that will accompany the Acclaim Type S and Ovation series,” said Hodkin.
 
During the difficult economic times starting in 2008, when single engine sales dropped by over 30 percent compared to the year prior, Mooney ceased production. Over the last five years, the Company that was started by Al Mooney more than 80 years ago has remained in business, focusing on customer support for the Mooney planes still in service. Given more positive economic indicators and the unique market niche for Mooney airplanes, the company feels confident about a sustaining future in the industry.
 
About Mooney
Since its inception, the company has manufactured and delivered more than 11,000 aircraft worldwide. Today, more than 7,800 customers in the United States and 1,000 more overseas fly these proven, high-performance airplanes. For more information, visit www.mooney.com
 
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