The following article was published in February 2002 in the AOPA Australia magazine , and is reproduced here with their permission.

Honey Mooney visits

Honey Mooney visits


AOPA staff Rob Loane (above left) and Gregg Lucas, with the Schofields Flying Club treasurer Peter Cunningham had the pleasure of welcoming Mooney M20E HB-DVN. Honey Mooney and her crew, Flemming and Angela Pedersen (above) and Ray Sherwood to Bankstown on their planned seven month Earthrounders trip, The welcoming party also included. Barbara and Tim Gee, and Barbara and Marcus Sherwood. VH-DVN, a Mooney M20 with extensive speed-enhancing STC 201 mods is able to he worked on his pilot/owner Flemming who has 3-4000 hours up his sleeve. The 201 mods include, seal gap seals, aileron gap seals, 201 screen, and 201 cowls with cowl flaps which reduce the amount of air going past the engine, letting it work in the right temperature range and near its optimum efficiency. Under the Swiss licensing scheme, as owner, Flemming can do and sign out much of his own maintenance, including up to engine changes and 100 hrlys. Flemming said that Switzerland is much more liberal than the US on pilot maintenance. His maintenance license is valid for his air-craft only. She was christened Honey Mooney when Flemming and Angela got married, and did their first flight to Kenya together in 1998/1999. More of their 'air-ventures' including the current one can be read on their website:
http://homepage.swissonline.ch/pedersen/honey_mooney/
They are members of Earthrounders. an international group founded by AOPA Australia Member 28850 Claude Meunier :
http://www.earthrounders.com
Earthrounders have their next meeting in Perth, in August, 2003. This site is a register of pilots who have flown around the world in light aircraft. It records the pilots and their aircraft in chronological order, and aims to inspire others who have similar flying dreams. Ray Sherwood who is doing most of the trip with Honey Mooney owns a Piper PA-28-18-Cherokee, ZK-SNE in New Zealand. You have heard all the hangar banter about whose or what type of aircraft is best, but Flemming's t-shirt says it all if you're a Mooney owner and/or aficionado - Nimis brevis vita est volare tarde (Life is too short to fly slowly).

This article was published in the AOPA Australia magazine , and is reproduced here with their permission. http://www.aopa.com.au

 

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