Thanks to everyone on this thread that has posted constructive comments. I am also looking to jump headfirst into airplane ownership with a mooney. The fuel efficiency and speed is what has drawn me to the mooneys (or is it moonies?). I would plan on using my airplane to commute several times a week from phoenix to Tucson. I think that an ovation/ovation 2 might be the right way to go for this, anyone have any thoughts? Sounds like a turbo won’t be worth it at the lower alts, and I can’t find any J models for sale with air conditioners (which will probably be a necessity on the short-haul, low-alt flights in the sonoran desert). This makes me believe that you can’t put an A/C in a J- can anyone tell me why?
Is there another suitable alternative to an ovation? Anyone have an opinion on a M20S? looks like those might be hard to find. The Ultras are likely out of my price range. I’m a dirty helo guy by trade, with about 150 hrs of complex ASEL time, so fixed wing isn’t something I’m super familiar with and I would appreciate any input from the seasoned veterans.