The Ultra model enhancements include a keypad-accessible flight management system, larger doors and windows (which ease access to the rear seats, and improve the view for passengers), and a redesigned interior with two-tone seats. The redesign was completed with an eye on ergonomics and convenience (there are USB ports throughout, as one example), and the sheet-metal exterior of the legacy models has been replaced in the Ultra models with a single-piece composite shell. Speed remains one of Mooney’s key selling points: The turbocharged Acclaim Ultra will cruise at 242 knots true at altitude, with a 25,000 foot ceiling, and long-range tanks can extend the range to 1,275 nautical miles with a 45-minute reserve, according to data published by the company.
The normally aspirated Ovation Ultra will offer similar interior enhancements and slightly lower top speed, just under 200 knots (197 knots TAS is the published speed for the Ovation 3 model already in production).
The company announced plans to bring both of the upgraded Ultra models to Oshkosh July 25 through 31, with certification test flights to continue in the meantime.