Installing a newly overhauled engine is always a milestone for any general aviation aircraft and Tim Mix of Mix Aircraft Solutions completed the installation on a 1965 Cessna 172F, managed by Larry Stevens of the Aerodynamics Flying Club in Mulino.
Larry, a proven pilot who has rebuilt planes with his dad while growing up has a strong affinity in the local general aviation community. Actively involved in the local flying club that historically provided scholarships to young aviators, the newly overhauled engine improves the fleet and will be able to offer many more hours of flying enjoyment to its members for many years to come.
After a short hiatus from conducting highly desired classes on building VAN’s RV kit planes, Tim Mix of Mix Aircraft Solutions led a personal hands on workshop to introduce new kit builders to the fundamentals on Friday, the 22nd of January. Typically delivered over a two day schedule, some attendees travel great distances just to attend this valuable learning experience.
During this weekend, Brian, a former Cessna 182 owner and general aviation pilot since 2000, decided it was time to embark on this adventure, certainly with his wife’s blessings. After having sold the Cessna, he wants to continue his passion in aviation, by intimately constructing his very own plane, with an RV-10 in mind. Based in California as a software developer working for a start-up technology company, it was natural for him to attend the class in Oregon, having gone to school in Lake Oswego, earlier in life. Today, he feels that he is in a good position to build an RV plane as he has access to a hangar where his project can come into fruition.
Like most attendees that participate in these classes, Tim introduces each future VAN’s RV builder to the tools necessary in building the aircraft. He relates his own personal experience from a long history of producing and servicing aircraft and ties in what is important when putting together a tool collection. Focusing on rudimentary concepts on tool selection, riveting, systems, sheet metal work, time management and commitment to the project, Tim stresses the importance on staying on task and challenging yourself to get the project done. On the average, it may take someone who has a “Do-It-Yourself” attitude around 2200 hours to complete the build. So, if you can commit an honest 16 hours every weekend, of legitimate production time to building an RV, you could potentially complete it in approximately 140 days. The world record stands at 85 days! If by your driven ambition that you find yourself beating someone’s personal and proven achievement, we want to talk to you and feature you on our website! We might even treat you to an authentic Moscow peroshki for lunch.
Tim is available for consultation and if you would like to find out more information on RV kit building, please reach out via our Contact Page.
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“General aviation continues to be a positive contributor to our nation’s economy and benefits thousands of communities,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “We must also continue working together to inspire the next generation of pilots and aircraft technicians and recognize this uniquely American industry and its exceptional impact on our country.”
At Mix Aircraft Solutions, we constantly strive to keep abreast of meaningful trends that affect the industry. One notable report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, “Contribution of General Aviation to the US Economy in 2018” found that 61% of around 200,000 general aviation aircraft ran on single engine pistons. What does this mean to the general aviator? It means that these planes will continue to rely on expertise from aviation mechanics to keep their planes in the air. Unfortunately, skilled technicians are declining in numbers. It is up to industry professionals like us to maintain high standards and promote the craft when we can.
Mix Aircraft Solutions, is proud to announce the early release of our newly minted online scheduling application on Calendly. This online tool enables aviators like you to schedule your annual inspection, oil change, service and maintenance or pre-purchase inspection with relative ease. We feel it will benefit customers because it allows us to free up administrative time and focus on what we do best. Clients have the option to book for service and receive email and/or text reminders before their scheduled appointment. Super cool. Click our Calendly link. Special discounts are available to customers who book before Christmas Eve. ( Google email users may need to view this promotion on the Promotions tab. )
With the upcoming holiday season, it is easy to forget those in need, especially at times like this. This year has been very challenging for families and we are inspired by those who take the extra time to help others. We stumbled upon an article in the current online issue of the AOPA magazine that spotlights what pilots in Michigan have done for 50 years and hopefully counting for more. An honorable tradition, worth reading here .