Last updated on 2013-05-06
Notice: The Mite Site will be untended until the end of this month. The webmaster can be contacted via email, but no changes or additions will be made to any part of the Site during this time.
Thanks to Dan Shumaker, N4142, the service manual for Univair Flōttorp Series R002 - R003 Controllable Pitch Propellers in PDF format is now available for purchase on our Manuals Page.
We welcome the new owner of N120C, Jim Hager, to the Mooney Mite Community. N120C has moved from KPTV and now lives between KOAK and KVCB, in Northern California. Jim has plans to upgrade the brakes, and also is looking for someone with first hand experience with Dynon Avionics or other non-certified packages. Please contact us if you can help.
Beech Roby propellers: If anyone out there has one of these on his Mite, or has experience in servicing one, please contact us. Thanks.
We have received a request for help from Dwayne Axford, N344M in Wheatland, WY. He's trying to find someone in his area familiar with Mites and able to do an annual inspection. If anyone out there can make a suggestion, we'd like to hear from you.
Firstly, big news for WAMM members: Ed Mandibles has reached a mutual agreement with Michael Harms to "take over the controls" of The Association.
Secondly, we've have word from the City of Porterville that the Porterville Air Faire has been canceled due to lack of funds. This eliminates the biggest attraction for the WAMM spring Fly-In at PTV.
Thirdly, as those of us who attended WAMM Lompoc last Fall are aware, the facilities at Lompoc are excellent for our purposes. Therefore, it has been decided that Lompoc, CA (LPC) will become the new venue of an annual WAMM Fly-In.
So, be advised that the next WAMM Fly-In will be held at Lompoc on the weekend of October 11 - 13, 2013, with Ed Mandibles and friends as the hosts.
We'd like to hear your comments on this topic, and we'll be looking for you at Lompoc in October.
Jolie Lucas of Mooney Ambassadors has provided a list of events of interest to Mooney owners for the coming 2013 season. The first of several events will be the Kerrville, Texas Airport Day, as mentioned below (2013-01-15), while the second will be the annual Oceano Airport Celebration on May 10-11. Here are the details.
Note that there is no word yet if there will be a Porterville Air Faire this June at which time the WAMM spring Fly-In would also be held.
We have more lists for you to study. Janic Geelen of New Zealand has provided us with the list of M-18 owners from an FAA Registry of 1965. It includes information about several Mites not previously provided in the Mite Site. Our thanks to Janic for transcribing the list.
As well, if you look on our Articles/History page you will see the results of a survey of Mite owners conducted by Fred Quarles in 1968. At that time, Fred was the editor of the MMOA Bulletin.
Old-timers will be interested in this item: the MMOA (Mooney Mite Owners Association) membership list for 1965.
With regret, we report that Frank Ogden, the renowned futurist known as Dr. Tomorrow, has died in Vancouver, BC. Among many other achievements, Frank is famous for establishing a Canadian altitude record in a Mooney Mite.
What Texas city was home to Mooney Mites? If you know the answer, take a look at this item sent to us by Fred Ramin, NC366A.
In case you haven't looked lately, the Mite Site Guestbook is now working again. It would be nice to see some new postings, as it's been a while. Note that there is still a link to our old, original guestbook in the menu list on the left of this page.
Owner Bruce Brown has informed us that the restoration of N119C is complete and that he flew it to Oshkosh last July.
There is a nice photo of the Mite in the November issue of Vintage Airplane Magazine. Also, look for an article by Budd Davisson in the Spring.
We welcome Ron Olson of Saskatoon, SK to the Mite community. It was Ron who purchased N4147, serial number 313, from Robert Schroeder, as mentioned below. Ron writes, "I have been flying all my adult life and grew up around airplanes. My greatest love of an airplane has been the Mooney. I have owned six Mooneys over the years and presently own a 201 and a Ranger M-20C. I also own a Cherokee Six 300 and a Cessna 180 on floats and skis, but I have always wanted to own a Mite since I flew one about 20 years ago."
Read our report on the Mite's arrival in Saskatchewan.
Dr. Robert Schroeder has been flying Mites since the early 80's. His first Mite experience was as a member of the Mity Air Force, an ANE-based group of ten who bought shares in N4101 for $200 each. In 1997, he acquired N118C and in 2007, N4147. This fall Robert reluctantly sold his Mites and is reduced to flying a Nanchang CJ-6A. He has submitted this letter describing the end of a certain love affair.
We need your help. At the Mite Site, we are looking into the possibility of having replica Mite cowling emblems made for the benefit of those owners whose emblems are missing. If you still have an emblem, you can help by sending us the measurements. Or, if you could loan us an original soft-metal emblem, that would be even better. Please let us know.
The report for the recent WAMM Fly-In at Lompoc, California is now ready for viewing. The Fly-in, or should we say Air Show, was a great success, thanks to Ed Mandibles and his crew of friends. The McCarley - Plo hangar at LPC was an ideal location.
We're looking forward to attending another WAMM event there next year.
Another Mite has come back from limbo. Serial number 300, registered to Dr. Bernie Malhomme of Kenmare, ND, since 1965, has been "found" and purchased by Joel Johnston, N4124. Originally identified as N4136, it was exported to Canada in 1961, taking on the Canadian ident CF-NNI. It ended up in Malhomme's possession in Saskatchewan in 1965, and went into storage in 1969. It lost its C. of A. in 1974, then became a project and was moved to North Dakota by Malhomme some time after that.
Through lucky accident, Joel found the Mite in a hangar in Mandan, ND while on his cross-country flight last August (reported earlier). Joel and friends are trucking the Mite back to Spokane as I write this. Thanks to Joel, we have received some photos already.
We depend on contributions!
The Mite Site is always hoping to receive photos, negatives or digital images of Mites, as well as magazine articles and personal stories featuring the Mooney M-18.
The Mite Site often receives requests for technical information or help with maintenance and/or repairs. We are glad to post these requests, hoping that someone will helpfully respond. Alternatively, if knowledgeable and experienced people were to provide their names and area of expertise to the Mite Site, these requests could be sent directly to an appropriate person. If you feel able and willing to provide help in any area, please contact me (Dave Rutherford). Thank you! As Red Green says, "I'm pullin' for ya; we're all in this together."
"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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