Last updated on 2017-05-05
60 years after production ended, the M-18 is still flying new frontiers. Do you believe a Mite will go in a schoolbus? To prove it, we have these photos fromPaul Carattini, teacher and project manager at the Nenana City School's Mite project in Alaska.
The Heber Springs Fly-In is CANCELLED
(2017-04-25): E-mail from Woody Gillespie:
"It is a judgment call but the Fly-In is now cancelled! The fronts are building and up to 5" of rain for Friday, Saturday and even Sunday. The Mites don't like that!
We have put a lot of time and effort for this event which will be looked at again in June.
"Thank each of you for saying you would attend. We had people from GA, OK, MS, TN and Canada who had planned on coming. Please don't give up on us. The weather is always a factor!
"Let's look to June for another try!
The Heber Springs Fly-In happens this weekend!
For those of you planning to attend Woody's gathering this week—or those who need a bit of a nudge—have a look at Woody's informative emails on our Events page.
Following up our news item of 2017-02-04 (see below) about the Nenana City School's Mite project, read this article in the most recent AOPA online newsletter by associate editor David Tulis.
Reminder - The Heber Springs Fly-In
E-mail from Woody Gillespie: (2017-04-08)
"Hello again everyone!
"Time passes so fast when we are having fun! My plane is down with mag trouble so we are looking for more Mites and Antiques to come to the event on the 28th and 29th of April.
"We are doing all we can to make this a good fly in / education weekend for you. Remember, if you don't participate by showing up we won't keep trying to have these events! There is no charge to you except your personal expenses.
"We have two guys coming from Canada and each of you are closer than that!
"The only change since the last contact is there will be no sky diving. These people will come on Saturday and eat with us, but the powers that be decided this year isn't the time to do the jump. We also will have a couple, the Nolans, come to eat and converse with us that are well known in some circles. Mary has had a celebrity experience with the Reno air races and her husband, Dennis has had a great experience with race cars, is a Nam vet, and a successful businessman.
"We are a laid back bunch, have fun and enjoy people, so no stress that week end! There will be a professional photographer there to take photos of the Mite line up and anything else that seems exciting! If you know of other Mites and Antique planes, please contact them for us.
"Please let us know if you intend to attend so we can have enough food and drink for you, as this will be a private lunch.
"We intend to have a fun week end and we sincerely hope that you will join us, share the event, and meet new friends!
"Safe flying, Woody"
The Heber Springs Fly-In is a go
E-mail from Woody Gillespie: (2017-03-27)
"We are moving forward with the fly-in in Heber Springs, AR (HBZ) on the 29th of April. Those that come in on Friday will be invited to get together for a Dutch meal down on the river. We have added a sky diving event to our agenda. (weather permitting). Two of the Arkansas Freedom Fund members will be the jumpers this year.
"There is so much packed together at the airport alone with a giant car show and the Mooney Mite photo shoot as well as a discussion and comparison of things others have done on these little jewels.
"I will be cooking ribs for the Mite owners, antique plane owners, and the sky divers on Saturday the 29th for lunch.
"A hugh craft fair will be down town with a shuttle back and forth every 30 minutes.
The Photo Transfer Shop will be there taking pictures with transfers to T-shirts, mugs, etc. for a day to remember. They will also be doing the Mite line up and photos with each owner for the event.
"This event is free to the public so a lot of people will be in town that day. We will also have a bomb run with cubs etc. Plan on coming for a fun and leisure day of activities at HBZ.
"Please pass this on to others!"
Quality Inn: 501-362-1000; Woody: 501-362-5354; Airport: 501-362-3294
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 transport 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 were originally featured in an article by Keith Wilson in the Polish aviation magazine, Przegląd Lotniczy Aviation Revue (www.plar.pl)
Our thanks to Keith for permission to post the photos and Przegląd Lotniczy for kindly providing the PDF of 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
||The Mooney Mite Site went online
September 25, 1999.
Disclaimer: All material published on this Site, whether contributed by readers, reprinted from publications, or created by the webmaster, Dave Rutherford, is unofficial and intended only for the enjoyment of Mooney Mite owners and enthusiasts.