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Need your input on a good mechanic in/near Florida- Who do you like?


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Hello Florida Mooniacs,

I recently bought my first airplane- an 87 J model.  I'm Kissimmee based and was planning to go to PJ Jimenez for maintenance as he is close by and extremely well thought of.  I Just called PJ to schedule my first annual and learned he has closed his shop to any new business and will only be supporting a few existing customers per month as of January first.  So PJ is retiring! 

My J is due for annual in January and I'd like to get it scheduled somewhere.  Can I get your thoughts on who would be a good choice to work with for maintenance? Any local shops with a reputation as stellar as PJ's?  I'm looking for a long term relationship.

Thank You

 

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I've been using Phil for years and am lucky enough to be selected for continued service beyond December (at least that's what he told me).

 

There have always been good write ups here about Daytona Beach Aircraft, which specializes in Mooney's. Premier at KFXE is also a service center, but is not cheap.

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Red Sky Aviation- X35.  Owned and operated by Ron Dudley. Also if you need avionics, Jesse Saint is next door

That’s fairly close to me. I’m assuming he knows Mooneys well?


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Very well. He has been maintaining mine since 2016, pulled and replaced my engine after overhaul last year. He also maintains about a dozen other mooneys on and off the field.


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Thank you! Good to know. I had used Phil on occasion but was not a regular so I guess I’m out. This next annual I need to replace both the uplock and downlock blocks (manual gear) and the aileron control rod (last rod that attaches to the aileron itself). The manual gear blocks look easy enough but the aileron rod looks challenging due to access. I was going to take the plane to Phil for annual so he could take care of this but sounds like that is not an option. X35 is close tome to I’ll give him a try.


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On 9/29/2021 at 1:13 PM, flyboy0681 said:

I've been using Phil for years and am lucky enough to be selected for continued service beyond December (at least that's what he told me).

 

There have always been good write ups here about Daytona Beach Aircraft, which specializes in Mooney's. Premier at KFXE is also a service center, but is not cheap.

I fix lots of things that Premier goofs up. They're a quarter mile from me, and always a great source of complaints from people who've been over charged and under-serviced.

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10 hours ago, philiplane said:

I fix lots of things that Premier goofs up. They're a quarter mile from me, and always a great source of complaints from people who've been over charged and under-serviced.

I contacted you a couple of years ago to see if you were taking on new clients and you said you were swamped. My partners and I can sure use a guy with your experience, has your status changed any?

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11 hours ago, philiplane said:

I fix lots of things that Premier goofs up. They're a quarter mile from me, and always a great source of complaints from people who've been over charged and under-serviced.

sounds like a shop in my backyard...looking for someone to do an annual next March or April on my C.....

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