Mooney Summit VI

The “better the breed” Mooney Summit VI, an educational event and social gathering, will once again be held at Panama City Beach Fl. on Sept 28th thru Sept 30th 2018. The event is free thanks to the kind donations of generous participants and sponsors. Non-flying spouses / significant others can take advantage of activities ranging from area beaches to shopping and pampering, along with our famous Friday night reception, Friday airport day, and our world class subject matter experts. As before, we plan to make this an enjoyable and educational event for the flying couple. There will be ample time for hand holding and late night beach strolls.

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Bill Gilliland Foundation

The Bill Gilliland Foundation has been established by the Mooney Summit, Inc. to provide emergency crisis intervention and financial assistance for downed Mooney Pilots’ immediate families. Your tax deductible donation will be used 100% to help those at the time of their greatest need. Unique in General aviation, Mooney owners are set apart by their caring and compassion thru the Bill Gilliland foundation


Mooney Summit VI Agenda

Thursday Sept 27th - Attendee Check In 4:00 to 5:00 PM Hampton Inn Lobby

Friday Sept 28th – Airport day 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Open to all Mooney Pilots - Sheltair Hanger, KECP

11:00 – 11:45 - Bucko Strehlow – Narration of 2 ea 4 Ship Mooney formations flyover KECP- Pilots: Bucko (Sandman) Strehlow, Kevin (KP) Paul, Rick (Junkman) Junkin,  Mike (Doc Rhino) Walker, Bryan (Loki) Brannon, Victor (Vector) Pang, Michael Sazhin, Ashley (meatloaf) Neboschick

2:00 - 4:00 PM - Oasis Aero – Mooney maintenance roundtable 

11:00 - 4:00 PM - GDS Aero and AGL Aviation - Sabre Vintage Mooney Cowling Modification Gen2

Noon - 2:00 PM - Lunch – Sponsored by Sheltair, Kelly Aerospace

Noon - 3:00 PM – Roundtable discussions.  Subject matter experts will host rotating roundtable discussions.  A bell will chime every 30 minutes (totaling six sessions and eight live tables with one being cold to give a presenter a break) where people move to another table.  If a chair is not available, the table is full. 

Subject Matter Expert and Topics: 

       Bruce Landsberg, NTSB chairman

·      Steve Thorne, Flight Chops, “Social Media and Flying”

·      Bob Kromer "Hints and Tips from Factory Flight Testing the Mooney Design"

·      Bucko Strehlow “Formation Flying

·      George Perry, UPS, “Landing your Mooney on an Aircraft Carrier”

·      Max Gurgew, DPE, "Managing the cockpit"

       Mike Sazhin, “Caribbean Procedures, Precautions, and Planning”

·      Stephen Newman, ATC Controller,“ATC is your Friend”

·      Bob Wright, NBAA – “Single Pilot Ops”

·      Dan Bass, Keith Roxo, “Mishaps and Avoidance”

·      Karl Ludolph,  "Pilot Error Management"

·      Lee Drumheller, Mike Elliott, Jeff Magnus – “Flying the Mooney Ultras”

4:00 - 6:00 Attendee check In, Origin Lobby


Friday Reception - 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM - The Origin at Seahaven, 15100 Front Beach Rd #1502, Panama City Beach, FL

Ron Dubin, MD, Mike Elliott, MCFI, Lee Drumheller, Seth Meyers – Intro’s

Jeff Magnus - Mooney International Direction


Saturday Sept 29th - Hampton Inn Conference Center, 15505 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413 

8:00 - 8:30 - Mooney Summit continental style breakfast, - Mooney Summit, Inc., Hampton Inns

8:30 – 8:50 – Welcome – Mike Elliott, Ron Dubin, Lee Drumheller, Seth Meyers,  Panama City Beach Mayor.

8:50 – 9:50 – Bruce Landsberg Keynote - "Safety as a Culture" NTSB vice chairman

10:00 - 11:00 – Bob Kromer – "Hints and Tips from Factory Flight Testing the Mooney Design"

11:00 – 11:30 – Dan Bass – One Year Later update – Carbon Monoxide Survivor

Lunch - 11:30 to 1:00

1:00 - 1:45 Steve Thorne, Flight Chops, “Increasing Flying Knowledge through Aircraft Diversity.”

1:45 – 2:25 Max Gurgew – "Managing the cockpit" Fly like a Professional pilot

2:40 – 3:30 Karl Ludolph -Pilot Error Management

3:30 – 4:20 George Perry – “Landing your Mooney on an Aircraft Carrier”

4:30 - 4:45 Mooney Summit, Bill Gilliland Update and future plans, Alice Elliott, Seth Meyers

4:45 – 5:15 Pearls of Wisdom Lee Drumheller and Seth Meyers

Approx 5:45 - Multiple element Mooney Formation flight over the beach

Saturday Night Dinner–  7:00 PM- 10:00 PM  Dave and Busters

Mooney Sponsored -  Jeff Magnus

  • Lee Drumheller - Raffle

  • Ron, Mike, Seth MC

  • Neil and Becky Cohen - Silent auction


Sunday Sept 30th  – Hampton Inn Conference Center, 15505 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413 

8:00 - 8:30 Continental Breakfast - Mooney Summit, Inc., Hampton Inns

8:30 - 9:30 Keith Roxo & Eric Rudingen – Honest Mistakes & Survival Stories – VA Crash & Top Gun Training, Cessna 150 Forced landing

9:30- 10:15 Mari Metzler -  Carbon Monoxide and Physiology

10:30 – 10:50  Lee Drumheller - Mooney Ultras – Real Differences

10:50 – 11:45 Alex Gertsen & Bob Wright – Single Pilot Ops, Flying your Mooney for Business, and Airport Updates.

11:45 - Noon Closing remarks – Ron, Mike, Lee, Seth