Last updated on 2017-02-18
Prompted by a request from Alan Sheppard, N233V for advice on how to hoist a Mite in order to change the tires, we turned to one of our valued experts, Boyd Maddox, N352A, for help.
Whether for servicing the tires, rigging the landing gear, or mounting gear doors, this article will come in handy.
A long-lost Mite has turned up in Alaska. N482M, s/n 236 has been hanging in pieces from hangar rafters in Wasilla, AK for over 30 years. Paul Carattini, a teacher at Nenana City School in Nenana, AK located the Mite and is planning to purchase and restore it as part of the School's aviation program. The previous owner, Tim Veenstra, has done a good job of preserving the Mite, so it looks like a doable project.
While trying to see if the Mite will fit in a school bus for the trip to Nenana (260 miles), Paul sent us some preliminary photos. We hope to have more information for you soon.
Boyd Maddox, N352A continues to work on his Naked Mite project. He has managed to find an engine which is actually just an assemblage of parts. Looks good, though.
We have received a set of great photos of Mike Sarsfield’s N4189 (which has got to be one of the most photogenic airplanes we know of). They wereoriginally featured in an article by Keith Wilson in the Polish aviation magazine, Przegląd Lotniczy Aviation Revue (www.plar.pl)
Our thanks to Keith Wilson for permission to post and Przegląd Lotniczy for kindly providing the PDF with the article and photos.
We are pleased to tell you that Woody Gillespie, N383A is organizing another Mite fly-in at Heber Springs, Arkansas (KHBZ) for the last weekend of April. At this point he is expecting that five Mites will show up, as well as an IA who will be there to answer questions.
Since this is also the weekend of Heber Spring's 30th Annual Springfest, there will be a craft fair all weekend downtown, with a shuttle service to the Municipal Airport. At the airport, there will be live music, food and a huge car show. Organizers are working on a bomb run and plane rides (not in Mites, of course).
On Saturday afternoon (the 29th), you can plan on having ribs on the grill, cooked especially for you and other antique owners. So come, spend the weekend, get your Mite in the lineup for a photo shoot, and enjoy the company of other Miters beside beautiful Greers Ferry Lake.
Woody says, "We love Mites and their advanced antique design!" He invites you to call him anytime at (501) 362-5354 or (501) 206-2343. Help him make it an enjoyable weekend and a yearly event!
On the Maintenance Page, we have made available a collection of files and photos donated by Ed Mandibles, N325M related to the renovation of his Mite a few years ago. The documents include such items as Continental engine ADs, specifications, and a large number of hints and tips from bowersflybaby.com. There are also service bulletins and other files related to Slick magnetos. The photos are mainly close-ups of various internal parts of N325M. The documents are availble by email request from the Mite Site.
Re Lycoming alternators: Woody Gillespie, N383A has found a parts source for and a method of installing an alternator on a Lycoming O-145-B2 Mite engine. Contact him for details.
Form 337s wanted. I've recently been asked if I have a 337 form related to an alternator/generator installation in a Lycoming Mite (M-18L). I was subsequently told by Boyd Maddox that it was a factory option and a 337 was not required. Actually, I have copies of only a small number of 337s for the Mite. Wouldn't it be good if all 337s issued for Mites over the years were listed here for the benefit of all Mite owners. If you happen to have a 337 (or STC) for your Mite, please consider sharing it. Let me know the details and I will add it to a list. Dave.
Here are some photos submitted by Mike Thompson, N491M. They were taken during the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race held earlier this month in Natchez, MI.
Mike thought it would be a good time and place for Mite owners in the southern States to get together.
We are pleased that Bruce Brown, N119C, his wife Nancy and daughters came, and that Mite enthusiasts John Humphreys, N389A and his wife Linda, and Charles Yates also joined Mike.
Mike Thompson, N491M reports that so far four Mites are committed to attending the fly-in he is organizing at Natchez, MS (October 14 - 16): Woody Gillespie N383A, Bruce Brown N119C, Chuck Lewis N4104, and himself. Needless to say, Mike encourages any other Mite owners in the area to let him know if they think they can make it.
Mike also sent us a photo of Woody Gillespie who had just completed his first cross country to Natchez after a long rebuild (it was quite an adventure, we hear). The other one was taken outside Mike's hangar at Concordia Airport at Vidalia, LA just across the Mississippi from Natchez. (Attendees please note that they will have hangar space at both locations).
The photo featured as the background on our Front Page was taken by Vic Syracuse from his Stearman about two miles south of Mallard's Landing in Locust Grove, GA. It was sent to us by Jim Frank of Atlanta in 2004, who at that time was the owner of N4189, a 1955 M-18C-55 which he had purchased from Fred Schmidt. The other aircraft, N70DV, a 1950 M-18C, was owned and flown by Gus Hertz, also of Atlanta. N4189 is currently owned by Mike Sarsfield of Atlanta, and N70DV belongs to John Casey of De Moines, IA. (2016-01-30)
"Flying the Mooney Mite is the closest experience to flying a Spitfire: it's a single seater, it has retractable gear, and it's very responsive to the controls." - Vera Dowling, one-time Mite owner and well known Alberta aviator who ferried over 260 Spitfires in Britain during World War II.
"The Mite indeed can be a great cross-country airplane." - Ben Favrholdt, N66MX
"A Mooney Mite is an airplane for flying ... [it's] not hard to fly. In fact, it's not only not hard to fly, it's downright easy to fly." - Dan Green
"I feel sorry for every pilot who flies his entire life without ever experiencing the thrill of a little airplane like the Mite ...." - Budd Davisson
"The Mite is one of the sweetest flying airplanes I have ever flown... and I have flown a rather large range of antique/classic/warbird aircraft. For me the Mite is the world's perfect second airplane." - John Davidson, N4096
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