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2014 SoCal Formation Flying Clinic

Wings and Wine 2014

Enjoy a weekend filled with flying, friends, and fun in the heart of the California wine country. Pilots, BRING YOUR SPOUSE! While the pilots are out flying the spouses will enjoy the day touring local wineries, tasting rooms, and the shops of Paso Robles! Following Saturday’s flying we’ll rejoin with the everyone for a group dinner Saturday evening.

The primary goal of the formation practice session is to introduce the basic 2-ship formation procedures required for participation in either the Mooney Caravan or Bonanzas to Oshkosh 2014 formation mass arrival to AirVenture Oshkosh. For those pilots proficient in basic 2-ship formation they will have the opportunity to both refine their fundamentals and work on 4-ship procedures. Experienced formation pilots will be paired with new pilots to serve as safety pilots.

Dates: March 21-23, 2014

Hosts: Dave Marten (Mooney Caravan) and Stephen Blythe (B2Osh)

FBO: Paso Robles Jet Center (805) 596-0212 

Arrival parking is on the transient ramp located on the west side of the field across from the airport terminal/FBO. Self serve field is available located immediately north of the terminal $5.25/gal.

Ground School: Formation Academics will be held FRIDAY evening at 8:00 pm at the hotel:

Initial Formation Academics: Introduction and review of fundamental 2- ship procedures focusing on training requirements for B2OSH/Caravan mass arrivals. Mandatory for those who have not previously attended a B2OSH/Caravan clinic.

Note: Two offerings of Ground School Academics will also be available the week of the event via webinar (Tues/Thurs evening). Registrants will be invited to participate via e-mail.

**Friday evening or on-line Ground School will maximize flying on Saturday.

Registration fee: $75.00 to cover transportation, arrival social, happy hour beverages, snacks, and clinic materials.

- B2OSH Pilots: The T-34 Formation Flight Manual is required for participation in this clinic. Also required is thorough familiarization with "On Your Own", the Bonanza specific supplement and general information on this web site.

- Mooney Caravan Pilots (and others): Download and study the Mooney Caravan Formation Training Guide.

Each pilot is considered PIC and solely responsible for the safe operation of the airplane whether there is a safety pilot or not.

Hotel: We've got a block of rooms at the Adelaide Inn

Call for reservations: 805-238-2770 Hotel POC: Gregory
Group Rate: "Wings and Wine 2014" 
King Suite (plus sofa sleeper) $113.40
Double Queen Suite $122.40

Each guest will be given $5 off breakfast coupons for Margie's Diner 6am-10am each morning.

A block of 20 rooms is reserved for us until 21 Feb. After 21 Feb the rate will still be honored but the rooms will be open to other guests. Book early!

Registration:  ALL PARTICIPANTS REGISTER via the B2Osh website!


Friday 21 March:
- 1600-1800: Arrival Social / Happy Hour hosted by LaGuardia’s Airport Deli. Food, beer, and local Central CA Wines featured 
- 1800: Shuttle to host hotel
- 2000: Newbies: Initial Formation Academics (B2Osh/Caravan prep). Target audience is Mooney/B2Osh pilots who have not yet attended a clinic or would like a re-hack prior to flying.

Saturday 22 March:
- 0730: Meet at hotel lobby for shuttle to airport
- 0800: Mass brief – flight assignments (Mandatory for ALL pilots)
- 0830-1030: Sortie 1 (brief, fly 45min, debrief)
- 1030-1200: Sortie 2
- 1200-1330: Lunch at La Guardia’s on field
- 1400-1530: Sortie 3
- 1600-1730: Sortie 4
***Group Dinner/Social 1830 location TBD

Sunday 23 March:
- 0730: Meet at hotel lobby for shuttle to airport
- 0800: Mass brief
- 0830-1200: AM fly for those interested