Mooney sold to Chinese, Fake endorsements.

Builders

Although it happened several months ago, last week there is a lot of talk about Mooney being sold to Chinese  investors because of the time delay in magazine coverage. Beyond my usual outrage at a piece of American aviation history and jobs being sold to China for pennies on the dollar, I want to use this story to teach you about fake endorsements in our industry.

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Although Mooney has been poorly managed and in trouble for more than a decade, you have to keep in mind that they have built more than 10,000 airframes, and have at times employed more than 500 people. Few maintenance guys love them, but they are good performers. They hold a significant place in the history of American light aircraft, and it makes me livid that the ownership of this company, its designs, type certificates and corporate knowledge are now in the hands of others who, no matter what they say, will ship all of this and the jobs overseas.

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Weren’t planning on buying a Mooney anyway? Neither was I, but there is something very important I need to teach you here. Something I have learned after working in our industry for 25 years: If you go to the AOPA and Flying Magazine websites and read the stories about this, both have comment sections that have 100% positive comments on this sale and glowing comments about how this is good for aviation. I am going to tell you that the attitude  these comments represent is fake. All the negative comments have been edited out, and I am pretty sure that the positive ones are a combination of fakes and ones that have been groomed to suit the narrative that the Chinese owning Mooney is a good thing. There have also been a number of ‘journalists’ who have said positive things about the sale, including people employed by your EAA.

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In 1954, 60 years ago, any aviation journalist who would have written a glowing endorsement of Mainland Chinese investors buying an iconic US firm would have found himself permanently unemployed. Six decades later, the situation is entirely reversed, and you will not find a single major aviation organization nor prominent ‘journalist’ to speak out against this. Today they will not because the Chinese have giant bankrolls, and if you want a mainstream job, you don’t speak against them.  I am not upholding either extreme as ideal. I only want to point out the extremes served  the interests of powerful people, and they manipulated public opinion to make it seem as if their plan was synonymous with what is good for working Americans who want to build their own planes.

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Going back to the point that neither of us were buying a Mooney, understand this doesn’t just go on with the sale of aircraft companies. It goes on with most products in the aviation industry, particularly those backed by a lot of money, and the Chinese are wealthy from flooding us with consumer goods, manipulating currency, letting us be the world’s policeman, and then financing our debt. The own Continental, Superior, Cirrus, and they made a bid for Beechcraft. They are buying up the type certificates of many older designs. The own a controlling interest in many companies that you wouldn’t expect, like Searey. The list gets longer every month.

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I just read a 1992 Sport Aviation cover to cover last night. There was not a single ad for a certified plane in it, far less an article or an editorial about one. The magazine was 80% homebuilts, one classic restoration and one warbird. The Poberezny’s still ran the EAA and Jack Cox was the editor, and neither of them were from the ranks of flyers associated with the financing, production or promotion of certified planes.

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In the 22 years since 1992, there has been a giant influx of people from the certified production of planes into the control and management of the EAA. The president is the former CEO of Cessna and the editor of the magazine knows little about homebuilts and was the editor of flying for 37 years. Some of these people long ago got into bed with the Chinese, and anyone else with an expensive imported plane that needed advertising space and favorable press reviews. They had no loyalty to American workers building planes in factories in this country, far less Americans building planes in their garages. These people need reminding occasionally that people who self identify as homebuilts fill out the ranks of volunteer jobs in all the chapters that make the EAA work in the field.

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You control something very important about this situation. In order to justify their actions, some people from the certified world will tell you several myths: 1) interest in homebuilts is declining, and the EAA needed to branch out to certified airplane buyers to stay strong and 2) everyone is OK with the Chinese buying up the US aviation assets for pennies. Selling these two myths keeps people who don’t respect homebuilts or their builders in power, and they are very serious about manipulating public opinion to do so. If you blindly accept the editorials they write, then you are letting them control you by providing an image of aviation that suits their agenda, not yours.

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Links:

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Cessna’s Chinese adventure a failure.

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Communist Chinese government at Oshkosh

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Chinese Crankshafts for Corvairs, update 2/17/13.

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William Edward Wynne Sr. – Father’s Day Notes

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The photo above is taken from our story: Carl Sagan, Corvair Owner, Practical Philosopher, Individual.

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About William Wynne
I have been continuously building, testing and flying Corvair engines since 1989. Information, parts and components that we developed and tested are now flying on several hundred Corvair powered aircraft. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and an A&P license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and have a proven 20 year track record of effectively teaching homebuilders how to create and fly their own Corvair powered planes. Much of this is chronicled at www.FlyCorvair.com and in more than 50 magazine articles.

One Response to Mooney sold to Chinese, Fake endorsements.

  1. Sarah Ashmore says:

    OK now I am really depressed. First we lost control of our country and now we have lost control of EAA as well.

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