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Mooney Caravan/Red Star Pilots Assn. Gunfighters Formation Clinic-Feb 2-5, 2017

posted Oct 25, 2016, 2:30 PM by Chuck Crinnian   [ updated Oct 25, 2016, 2:36 PM ]


Plan to attend the sixth annual Gunfighters Formation Clinic in Yuma AZ for your Mooney Caravan formation training and proficiency.  This year we are expanding formation education and training opportunities to include the Red Star Pilots Assn for the second year.  This will be a multifaceted event with something for everyone and the opportunity to “step up your game”. Learn and improve your formation skills from well qualified pilots in a setting optimized for training efficiency and effectiveness.  Airshow type performances from F-35’s, AV-8’s, FA-18’s, and helo squadrons are a daily added bonus.

Venue:  MCAS Yuma, Millionair FBO.  Again, James “Curly” Combs the GM of Millionair extends his welcome to our group.  Excellent facility and staff with on- site café, briefing areas, and theater.  This is the best time of the year to fly in the southwest. 

Airspace:  Numerous dedicated formation training areas with discrete TAC freqs.  All missions will be dispatched to assigned training areas by the Air Boss/Deputy Air Boss to ensure deconfliction and efficiency.

Lodging:  Special arrangements have been made with the SpringHill Suites and Fairfield Suites for a nightly rate of $109.  This includes breakfast.  You must call 928-783-7853 (Springhill) or 928-345-1800 (Fairfield) and use group code ‘GFFO’ to get the discounted rate.

Alternatively, copy this link-past in your browser and reserve your room at the Springhill or Fairfield on line:

http://www.marriott.com/meeting-event-hotels/group-corporate-travel/groupCorp.mi?resLinkData=Gunfighters%20Formation%20Flying%20Cycle%5EYUMFI%60GFFGFFA%60109.00%60USD%60false%602%60;YUMSH%60GFFGFFA%60109.00%60USD%60false%602%602/2/17%602/5/17%601/10/17&app=resvlink&stop_mobi=yes

  The cutoff date for this special rate is Monday, January 9th, do not delay.

Training Tracks:

  • Mooney 2 ship, basic proficiency, newbie.  Caravan qualifications.

  • Mooney 2-3 ship, recurrent training/proficiency.

  • Mooney Advanced Formation training

  • RPA FAST training/proficiency 4-ship.  Includes Mooney and RPA aircraft (CJ-6, Yak, T-34)

  • RPA/FAST Rec rides and check rides.  Two RPA Check Pilots on site!

  • Optional: TAC FORM/CAS (RPA aircraft only, but Mooney pilots welcome to be involved in briefing and GIB positions.  This will occur if there are enough qualified IP’s and aircraft crews to support.  CAS “Bombing” contest.

Clinic Fee:  $120.  This includes clinic overhead, lunches on Thurs, Friday, Saturday, and Dinner Friday and Saturday evening.  Also will get you a Gunfighter T-Shirt, patch, and Zap Stickers, as well as briefing cards, TAC Form cards, CAS cards.  Additionally, happy hour reception on Thursday evening.  Drinks and Snacks.  Tips to the ground crews and transportation crews will be included.  This year will have improved transportation system in place.

Registration:  E-Mail Chuck “Cowboy” Crinnian at chiefpilot@aviationdoc.net NLT: 02 JAN 2017 with the following:

  1. NAME

  2. Aircraft type/N#

  3. Cell Phone#, Home Base

  4. Arrival Date

  5. Your goals for the clinic

  6. Confirm hotel registration

  7. T-Shirt Size

Payment (cash or check) due at clinic registration.  RPA pilots may use the on-line clinic sign-up on the RPA web site.  But, please register NLT: 02 JAN 2017 so we can get our shirts and bling ordered and on time!

This will be an event not to miss out on, take your formation flying skills to new levels and expand your aviation experience.  Register now so we can plan in advance your clinic details.  See the Gunfighters Formation Clinic page in Facebook.

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Chuck Crinnian,
Oct 25, 2016, 2:30 PM
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