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Still in-TOXO-cating!

About 3.5 years ago, Mooney really got my attention as well as the entire GA community gathered in Cheese Country USA when they released this in a press release:

OSHKOSH, WISC. Aug. 1, 2003 - Mooney Aerospace Group, Ltd. announced today that it has entered into a strategic relationship with Constucciones Aeronauticas De Galicia, manufacturer of the Toxo light sport aircraft in Spain, to manufacture, design, assemble and market the two-seater plane. The aircraft will be renamed the Mooney Toxo, and Mooney will undertake all Toxo related activities from its plant in Kerrville, Texas. The Toxo is a miracle of engineering and design, and every pilot who has flown it has immediately fallen in love with it. With a 120 HP engine, the Toxo has a maximum speed of 230 mph, a 10-hour range, and a service ceiling of 14,000 feet.
Well north of two hundred miles per hour on 120 horses? Jeez Louise, sign me up, baby! When you add those kind of specs to the fact that the Toxo is drop-dead sexy, it seemed like the perfect two-place funship and could even be a damned fun cross-country flyer for a couple with minimum baggage. But the Mooney deal never developed, and the name Toxo disappeared from the GA scene about as fast as it had arrived.

Until now, that is.

Composite Aeronautic Group (CAG), based in Zaragoza, Spain has announced a certified LSA version of the Toxo that is coming to the U.S. Market. It looks very much like the original 230 mph version, but with a Rotax 912 ULS producing 100 horsepower, buyers will see the usual LSA kind of specs:
MTOW (lb): 1,320.
Usable fuel: 21 gallons.
Rate of Climb: 1,000 fpm.
Service ceiling: 13,500 ft.
Max Range: 330nm.
Max Cruise speed: 120 knots.
I am not nearly as thrilled about this new version – I'm calling it “Toxo Lite” – as I was about the old version, the one with gobs of speed and ten full hours of range. That meant you could blitz across the country in a day, covering a 2,167 NM EUG to JFK jaunt in 9.42 hours on the tach, flying flat out. Add a stop for fuel, bathroom and vending machine cuisine and by flying with a touch less power, it would still have been possible to do a coast2coast with an early dawn patrol departure on the left coast and a sunset arrival in the East.

If I were in the market for a very sleek, very cool LSA, I'd download the Toxo brochure and retire to a quiet reading place to soak it in. The LSA Toxo may take longer to get anywhere, but will not look any less gorgeous on the ramp. And at USD $128,612 with very nice standard avionics and interior, the Toxo appears to be a very good value as well.

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