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.

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 immediately made part of their community. 
  • 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.

Training Materials

Mooney Caravan ground training




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