Training

Here are the dates and locations for 2018 Mooney training clinics. Please check back often as additional training clinics will be added around the country.

  • 2018 Texas Wing Formation Clinic -- San Marcos, TX (KHYI) -- March 23-25, 2018
The 5th Annual Mooney Caravan Formation Flying Clinic is back at KHYI (San Marcos, TX) on Friday, March 23rd, to Sunday, March 25th, 2018.

DatesMarch 23rd, to Sunday, March 25th, 2018  (if required, Weather Back up Date:  April 6th to 8th, 2018.)

VenueRedbird Skyport FBO at KHYI:  (512) 878-6670

Contact:  Bucko Strehlow  
                8 Corby Lane 
                San Antonio, TX  78218 
                (210) 887-0144 
                bucko.strehlow@gmail.com

Purpose:  Train pilots to safely perform formation flying using classroom briefings and actual aircraft in actual conditions.  The clinics provide a professional learning format, with pre and post flight briefings, along with skilled observer pilots helping to conduct the clinic and riding in the training aircraft.

The Mooney Caravan organization is dedicated to facilitating a safe and enjoyable formation mass arrival flight into AirVenture Oshkosh each year, as well as developing opportunities (such as these clinics) throughout the year to get together and fly our fantastic airplanes. Our participants share a strong sense of camaraderie and the friendship’s born via our common interests in aviation and Mooney aircraft, spanning the continent and the entire year between Oshkosh Caravan flights. The enjoyment and enthusiasm which we all experience at AirVenture doesn’t wear off; we keep it going throughout the year! 

Why you should do it (Check all that may apply): 

      1. IT WILL BE A LOT OF FUN !!!
      2. To learn new skills and make yourself a better pilot.
      3. To be able to fly into Oshkosh in an organized group (the Mooney Caravan), and safer than using the FISK arrival. (Note: this is totally optional.  A lot of you may not even be going to KOSH this year, but this will hopefully plant the seed and you can join us in the future.)
      4. Redstar is a signatory to FAST, where you can earn your Wingman and Lead Cards.  We are tentatively planning to have a FAST Check Pilot available, for qualified candidates.  

Sign Up Deadline:  Friday, March 9, 2018, which is two (2) weeks before the actual clinic.  This is to allow us to get enough Observer/ Safety Pilots for the course. These pilots may be coming from California, Arizona, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas, and we need time to organize how many are required.  Also, please note that attendance may be limited, so it is best to SIGN UP EARLY.  Also, if Safety pilots are limited, some preference may be given to pilots planning to fly in this year's Caravan.

Cost:  $ 110.00. Pay cash or check for the clinic when you get there.

Registration:  Sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/rB8BqN2Y7inrjyA43
Also include your ratings (SEL, IFR, Comm'l, etc), approximate flying hours, Mooney (or other aircraft) Model, home base, and whether you'll be flying with the Caravan into KOSH this year or in the future.

Hotel:  Holiday Inn San Marcos
            105 Bintu Drive 
            San Marcos, TX  78666 
            (512) 805-10000 
            Contact person:  Darla Wallace 
            Group Name: Redbird Skyport 
            Single:$119/night Double:$129/ night
            Currently, reservations are due by February 26, 2018, but we are trying to extend that deadline to match the Sign Up Deadline (above).

Transportation:  You fly there and we will get you back and forth on the ground. Anyone getting a rental or having a personal car available would be appreciated and pressed into service.

Schedule: Clinic starts at 0800 on Friday, March 23, 2018.  

Meals:  Lunches at the FBO will be provided as a part of the base Registration Fee. Dinners on Friday and Saturday will be catered events at the FBO and tickets will be available for purchase. One night will be BBQ and the other will be Mexican/TexMex.

Homework:  Download and read the "Mooney Caravan Formation Guide" prior to attending the clinic. It can be downloaded from the mooneycaravan.com website from a link in the "Training" section. Newbies:  Watch the Video of the ground training (filmed at an earlier San Marcos/ KHYI Clinic) also in the training section of the website.

I know there is a lot of information there. The important items will be reviewed at the Basic Formation Ground School on Friday morning, but you need to have read the Guide so that the information presented at the briefing will be somewhat familiar to you. 

For non-Mooney pilots, or anyone interested in working on their FAST card ratings, download and read the "Red Star Training Guide" from the website www.flyredstar.org

Note: If you have not read a Guide (Mooney or Red Star) prior to coming to the clinic, you may not fly in the clinic.

I have been going to go to Oshkosh for many years,  but was always landing at satellite airfields because I did not enjoy the VFR/ FISK arrival.  Having done multiple Formation Flying Clinics in Yuma, AZ,  El Paso, TX, Kerrville, TX, and San Marcos, TX, I have now flown with the Mooney Caravan and arrived in style and safety at KOSH  for the past four (4) years.

 Warning:  This type of flying is both fun and very addicting:  I have flown over 100 formation hours in both 2016 and 2017 as part of multiple elements (2 ships, 3 ships, and 4 ships).  Texas has a lot of people participating in this activity and many opportunities abound to fly together.

 


  • 2018 MAG Formation Clinic – Panama City Beach, FL (KECP) – March 16-18, 2018 
 The Mooney Caravan Mid-Atlantic Group (MAG) will be conducting a Mooney Caravan training clinic.

 Dates: Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18.

 Purpose: The primary purpose of this clinic is to qualify Mooney pilots based in the Southeast who are new to formation flying and who intend to fly with the 2018 Mooney Caravan to Oshkosh. All pilots must attend a formation clinic to meet the annual formation and/or proficiency training requirement in order to qualify to fly with the Mooney Caravan.

 Venue: Panama City Beach, FL (KECP), Sheltair FBO. An excellent facility and staff with cafeteria and vending area, complimentary Wi-Fi, conference room, flight planning/weather room, and pilot lounge.

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

 Lodging: The 2-night lodging cost for this clinic is included in the registration fee. Special arrangements have been made with the local organizer, Dr. Ron Dubin, President of the Mooney Summit organization, who is generously donating condos for all clinic attendees.

 Training: You must arrive no later than 12:00 PM (Noon). Ground school and demo flights will be conducted on Friday afternoon. Individual sorties with a Safety Pilot will be conducted on Saturday and Sunday.

 Pilot Requirements: All pilots are expected to have the following minimum experience:

  • 500 Hours Total Flight time
  • 50 Hours Mooney time

 Clinic Fee: $150. Your clinic fee includes 2-night lodging, clinic overhead, lunches on Friday and Saturday, briefing cards, a MAG T-Shirt, patch, and Zap Stickers. Tips for the FBO ground crews and transportation crews are also included.

 Payment: Please complete your registration by mailing a check or money order to the following address:

Jim Rigoulot
109 Lazenby Dr,
Ft Mill, SC 29715

NOTE: Registration will not be considered complete until your check or money order payment is received by mail. Registration fee is refundable up to 30 days before the Clinic. After 30 days, only an emergency or weather preventing you from flying to KECP will be accepted as a reason for refund and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the MAG Regional Lead.


  • SAVE THE DATE: The Annual Mid-Atlantic Group (MAG) Mooney Caravan Clinic is scheduled for 22-24 June at Lynchburg, VA (KLYH).
    ***All pilots must attend a formation clinic to meet the annual formation and/or proficiency training requirement in order to qualify to fly with the Caravan.***
    Online registration, lodging information, and registration cost for the KLYH Clinic to be posted shortly.


  • 2018 Gunfighters Formation Clinic - Yuma, AZ - Feb 1-4, 2018
Plan to attend the seventh annual Gunfighters Formation Clinic in Yuma, AZ for the formation training and proficiency clinic. This is the premiere and longest running Mooney Caravan Formation Clinic. Situated in the scenic desert southwest, the winter climate attracts formation pilots from all areas of the continent. Now is the time to plan your formation education and training for the 2018 season.

This year our formation education and training opportunities include the Red Star Pilots Assn for the third year. If you are an RPA pilot, this clinic is also for you. Although there will be a sizable number of Mooney aircraft, we would like a substantial number of RPA aircraft in attendance. Both organizations can grow and improve our formation skills together.

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.

Dates:
 Thursday February 1 through Sunday Feb 4.

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.

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 Holiday Inn for a blockbuster rate of $95/night. There is an on-site bar and restaurant. To make arrangements, please call the hotel directly at 928-782-9300 and ask for the ‘Mooney Caravan’ rate. The cut-off date for reservations at this special rate is 18 JAN 2018. Do this now!

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! 


FAST wingman ground school will be conducted on Thurs evening with dinner following. Formation Safety Stand-down will be on Friday evening. This safety seminar is a new approach to developing a safety based culture in the formation community.

Clinic Fee: $150. 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., additionally, happy hour reception on Thursday evening. Drinks and Snacks. Tips to the ground crews and transportation crews will be included.

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

NAME
Aircraft type/N#
Cell Phone#
Home Base
Arrival Date
Your goals for the clinic
Confirm hotel registration
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.


Other Clinic Opportunities
Formation training clinics are organized across the nation by our team as well as our very supportive colleagues in the Bonanzas to Oshkosh (B2OSH) and Cherokees to Oshkosh groups. If you can't attend one of the clinics above, please check out the Bonanza and Cherokee clinics. Mooney pilots who have participated in these clinics have been warmly welcomed by Bonanza and Cherokee pilots and were immediately made part of their community. 

Training Materials

Mooney Caravan ground training




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