The Mooney Summit was founded to better the breed of the Mooney pilot by type specific education and safety instruction. We annually hold a retreat of FAA safety endorsed programs funded entirely by individual and corporate donations that attract 100 pilots and their spouses in Panama City Beach, Fl. each October. Excess funds above the cost of the event are used by our charitable foundation, The Bill Gilliland foundation, to provide crisis intervention and financial assistance to downed Mooney pilot’s families at the time of their greatest need. Our goals are to make Mooney pilots better stewards of General aviation, safety and increase the family involvement of a safety culture. What better ways to educate pilots on the safety of flight than to provide a relaxing venue where the best educators in their subjects of expertise gather in Panama City Beach and give free seminars to Mooney pilots. It is an event where their family can also come to relax. The Mooney Summit is about "Bettering the Breed", making the best (Mooney) pilots even better. We are a 501(c)3 and no directors, administrators, or speakers are paid. Our work is strictly voluntary which enforces our efforts as a work of love fueled by our passion. Each year we recognize those individuals who selflessly contribute above and beyond for absolutely no personal gain with the "Spirit of the Summit" award.