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Mid-Atlantic Formation Clinic

  • 2019 Mooney Caravan Mid-Atlantic Formation Clinic – Hickory, NC (KHKY) – June 14 - 16, 2019
The Mid-Atlantic Formation Clinic will be held in Hickory, NC (KHKY) on June 14-16, 2019 under the direction of our new Mid-Atlantic Wing Lead, Kevin “KP” Paul.

Clinic Goals:  This clinic is intended for the purpose of qualifying Mooney pilots who are new to formation flying and who intend to fly with the 2019 Mooney Caravan to Oshkosh. All pilots must attend a formation clinic to meet the annual formation and/or proficiency training requirement to qualify to fly with the Mooney Caravan.  Please note that pilots who are registered for the caravan will have priority.
  • Caravan qualification: Mooney 2 ship, intro and basic proficiency (newbie)
  • Mooney 2-3 ship, recurrent training/proficiency.
Experienced and/or Carded formation pilots will be paired with new pilots to serve as safety pilots.

Weather Back up Date:  TBD  (if required)

Coordinator:  Bob “Breakdown” Belville, (828) 430-1711,

Location: Hickory, NC  (KHKY)
                  Hickory Regional Airport FBO      (828) 327-0147
      • No tie down fees
      • Discounted fuel available
Lodging: Special arrangements have been made with the Crowne Plaza, Hickory (an IHG Hotel) for a rate of $97/night.  Online reservations for your choice of King or two Double room can be made here
Please book your stay at the Crowne Plaza to help us with airport transportation. If you have to book a room elsewhere, be sure to let us know.

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

Clinic Fee:  $125. This clinic fee includes:
  • Clinic T-Shirt
  • Lunch on Friday and Saturday
  • Dinner on Friday and Saturday
  • Transportation for the weekend
  • Tips for ground and transportation crews
  • Clinic overhead

Non-flying companion price: $50 includes a clinic T-shirt, group lunches, group dinners, and transportation. 

Registration:  Click here to register no later than Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Please register early so that we have enough Observer/Safety Pilots are available for the clinic. Volunteer pilots will be coming at their own expense from several states as remote to HKY as New York and Mississippi. We need time to organize how many are required. Our goal is to get everyone who registers qualified to fly with the 2019 Mooney Caravan!

Payment:  **Note: Your registration is not final until your full payment is received. **  
                  Mail your payment to:
Bob Belville
518 Lenoir St.
Morganton NC, 28655


                   Use PayPal link:

Homework: Important items will be reviewed at the Basic Formation Ground School on Friday morning, but you need to have read the Guide(s) so that the information presented at the briefing will be familiar to you. 
**Note: If you have not read a Guide (Mooney or FFI) prior to attending the formation clinic, you may not fly in the clinic.**

Preliminary Schedule:

Thursday, June 13
Arrival KHKY: The tower will be expecting us and the FBO has your tail number. The linemen will help you park in our line on the ramp.
Clinic volunteers will be around the FBO.
FBO welcome desk (Pam Craig) will help with fuel orders and transportation to the hotel.
Afternoon flights possible if interested. Let KP or Overrun know your ETA and interest.
There will be quite a few pilots checking into the Crown Plaza Thursday to join for dinner. There are several restaurants nearby and the hotel has a shuttle van.
For wives and companions who do not care to be involved in the training the Hickory area has a lot to offer. Ask Ms. Google! We'll try to offer suggestions to match your interests.

Friday, June 14
08:00 Breakfast: Crosswinds Cafe (in HKY terminal building) sponsored by AGL Aviation Services.
09:00 Sign in: Caravan briefing room, upper level of FBO building. Everyone to sign Caravan release form.
09:30: Welcome and Introductions – MAG Leadership
10:00-12:00 Ground School lead by Adam "Sled" Carney – REQUIRED for both new and experienced participants. (New visual and Caravan procedural changes will be covered)
10:30 Safety pilot training session led by Kevin "KP" Paul. 
12:00 Lunch: Crosswinds Cafe will set up in Caravan briefing room sponsored by Hickory Regional Airport FBO.
13:00 MAG Lead brief (ALL) Formation Pairings will be announced
13:00 1st Sortie Briefings for Demo flight: Experienced pilots flying formation and new pilots riding right seat.
13:30 Demo Flights step to fly (Debrief after landing)
15:00 2nd Sortie Brief (First flights by new pilots with safety pilots coaching from right seat.)
15:30 New pilots step to fly w/ Safety Pilots (Debrief after landing)
13:00-18:00 Training flights with briefings and debriefings for previously experienced formation pilots that do not wish/need to fly with a safety pilot.
18:00 Social & Dinner: Crosswinds Cafe Lobby.
Saturday, June 15
08:00 Breakfast: Crosswinds Cafe sponsored by AGL Aviation Services.
09:00 MAG Lead Brief (ALL)
09:00-12:00 Training flights with briefings and debriefings. 
12:00 Lunch: Crosswinds Cafe will set up in Caravan briefing room sponsored by Hickory Regional Airport FBO.
13:00 MAG Lead Brief (ALL)
13:00-18:00 Training flights with briefings and debriefings.
18:00 Social & Dinner: Crosswinds Cafe Lobby.
Sunday, June 16
Breakfast: Crosswinds Cafe is closed on Sunday but we'll have coffee and donuts or similar in briefing room.
MAG Lead Brief (ALL)
08:00 – Make-up flights (as needed). 
10:00 – Mass Formation Flight with briefing and debriefing. 
Possible four ship flights for interested and experienced.