Texas Wing Formation Clinic

  • 2019 Mooney Caravan Texas Wing Formation Clinic – San Marcos, TX (KHYI) – April 05- 07, 2019
Plan to attend the sixth annual Texas Wing Formation Clinic in the beautiful San Marcos, TX!
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.

This clinic will train pilots to safely perform formation flying using classroom briefings and actual aircraft in actual conditions and 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 apply): 
  • To learn new skills and make yourself a better pilot.
  • To be able to fly into Oshkosh in an organized group (with the Mooney Caravan), and with more safely 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.)
  • We are tentatively planning to have a Check Pilot available, for qualified candidates to get their WING or LEAD cards. 

Bucko "Sandman" Strehlow, (210) 887-0144, bucko.strehlow@gmail.com

Weather Back up Date:
  TBD  (if required)

  San Marcos Regional Airport (KHYI)  San Marcos, TX
     Redbird Skyport FBO      (512) 878-6670

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:  Arrangements have been made with Homewood Suites by Hilton San Marcos.

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.

Clinic Fee:  $ 130.00.  This clinic fee includes:
  • Clinic T-Shirt, Texas Wing Patch, and Sticker
  • Lunch on Friday and Saturday
  • Tips for ground and transportation crews
  • Clinic overhead
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. 

Registration: Click here to sign up no later than Sunday, March 17, 2019.  Please note that attendance may be limited, so SIGN UP EARLY!!!
*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.
Payment:  Cash or check due at clinic registration.  
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.**
Schedule:  Clinic starts at 0800 on Friday, April 5th, 2019.  
I have been going to go to EAA Airventure at Oshkosh for many years,  but always landed at satellite airfields because I did not enjoy the VFR/FISK arrival.  Having done multiple Formation Flying Clinics in OK, MO, Yuma, AZ,  El Paso, TX, Kerrville, TX,  San Marcos, TX, I have now flown with the Mooney Caravan and arrived in style and safety at KOSH  for the past five years.
Warning:  This type of flying is both fun and very addicting:  I have flown over 100 formation hours every year for the past 3 years as part of multiple elements (2-ship, 3-ship, 4-ship, and more).  Texas has a lot of pilots participating in this activity and many opportunities abound to fly together.
Tailwinds and High Speed;