Registration for Tucson Live has been extended,
but hotel availability may be limited!

Ryan Airfield (RYN) is serving as the host airport for MMOPA Tucson LIVE!
Velocity Air is serving as our host FBO.

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Registration closes Tuesday, September 6th! Now is your chance to secure your spot for the 2022 Convention!

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The Premier PA46 Annual Event

The 2022 Tucson LIVE Fly-In will be located at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, AZ on September 29th through October 1st. The convention will feature the aviation industry’s leading experts on safety, technology, and maintenance!

As an MMOPA member you told us you wanted…






You asked, and we delivered! MMOPA Tucson LIVE puts a premium on your time, interests, and needs.

This year’s convention will offer a more flexible schedule, allowing you to build your convention experience the way you want it.

Host Airport is the beautiful Ryan Field (KRYN)

Ryan Airfield (RYN) is serving as the host airport for MMOPA Tucson LIVE. Velocity Air is serving as our host FBO.

KRYN is the only airport in southern Arizona with an air traffic control tower operated under the Federal Aviation Administration’s Contract Tower Program. The tower is staffed 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. The airport is served by two runways, with 06R/24L the primary runway at 5,503 feet long by 75 feet wide.

MMOPA will provide complimentary shuttle service from the airport to the JW Marriott Starr Pass on Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Thursday, Sept. 29.

MMOPA will provide shuttle service back to the airport on Sunday, Oct. 2.



7 a.m.Continental Breakfast at Golf Course
8 a.m.Golf Tournament
9:15 - 11:15 a.m.Survival Training – AIRCARE
11:15 a.m.Lunch with Exhibitors
noonExhibits Open/Convention Soft Open
12:15 p.m.Survival Training
12:30 p.m.Golfers Lunch at Golf Course (Catalina BBQ)
3 p.m.Survival Training
5 p.m.New Member/New Attendee Mentor Meetup
6 p.m.Welcome Reception

All times are in Mountain Standard Time (UTC-7)

*Live Streaming Access begins at 8:00am for the Opening Ceremony on Friday, September 30th


7 a.m.Breakfast
8 a.m.Companion Tour - Sonoran Desert Museum
8 - 8:30 a.m.Convention Opening Ceremony
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.Fred Hyman Memorial Speaker Brian Shul
9-30 - 10:15 a.m.Piper Aircraft
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.Break
10:45 - noonSafety Brief & Accident Review - Manny Casiano
noon - 1 p.m.Lunch with Exhibitors
1 - 2 p.m.Meridian/M500 Malibu Aerospace - Doug Hiltz
Piston Breakout: Kevin Mead, Member
M600 - John Walters/Dan Lewis/Bill Archer (including auto throttle discussion)
JetPROP - Dave Bennett, Moderator
2 p.m.Companion Course: Introductory - Caitlyn McCarthy | Legacy Flight Training
2 - 3 p.m.Turbine Engine Management: Pratt & Whitney Canada | Rob Winchcomb
Piston Engine Management: Lycoming - Jeff Schans, Manager, Customer Development
Piston Engine Management: Continental - Kevin Mead
3 - 3:30 p.m.Break
3:30 p.m.Companion Course - Caitlyn McCarthy
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.Future of Fuel - Paul Millner
"Ice is NOT Nice" - Dr. Scott Dennstaedt | Founder EZWxBrief
Foreflight Tips & Trick - Josh Berman
4:30 - 5 p.m.FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award Recognition (David McVinnie emcee)
6 p.m.PIMA Air & Space Museum

All times are in Mountain Standard Time (UTC-7)

*Live Streaming Access begins at 8:00am for the Opening Ceremony on Friday, September 30th


7 a.m.Breakfast with Exhibitors
8 - 8:30 a.m.MMOPA Member Meeting
8 - 10 a.m.Companion Course: Advanced - Caitlyn McCarthy | Legacy Flight Training
8:30 - 9 a.m.MMOPA Master Aviator Awards – Kim Coryat
9 - 10 a.m.Risk Management with Kim Coryat
10 - 10:30 a.m.Break with Exhibitors
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.FOQA – Dierk Reuter, TBMOPA
11:15 - noonFOQA in Action - Ferenc Csastios
noon - 1:00 p.m.Lunch with Exhibitors
1 - 2:00 p.m.Future of Fuel – George Braly
Top 10 Legal Mistakes Made by Aircraft Owners,Scott Williams
Garmin Updates, G1000 NXi upgrade for Meridian PA-46-500TP - Joey Ferreyra
2 - 3:00 p.m.Mountain Flying – David Purvis
Strategies & Tactics for Flying in the EFB/TAA World - Bruce Williams
Garmin Updates, upgrades for early PA-46 aircraft (pre-G1000) - Joey Ferreyra
3 - 3:30 p.m.Break
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.Larry Grant: First owner of first production PA46 PLUS the story behind his record-breaking flights
Flying the Caribbean - Paul Himes & Lauren Duvall
Garmin Updates: VNAV and Transition to Approach for Garmin-equipped PA-46 aircraft - Steve Wynn
4 - 5 p.m.CFI Meeting
4:30 - 5 p.m.Basic Med, Older Pilots and the PA46 - Dr. Thomas Rosenthal
Caribbean Fly-Out Planning Session
5:30 -10 p.m.Cocktails, Dinner, Auction, & Entertainment

All times are in Mountain Standard Time (UTC-7)

*Live Streaming Access begins at 8:00am for the Opening Ceremony on Friday, September 30th


6:30 - 11:30 a.m.Transportation provided from the Starr Pass Resort to Ryan Airfield

All times are in Mountain Standard Time (UTC-7)

J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort | Tucson, AZ.

Situated on the edge of Saguaro National Park’s Tucson Mountain District, the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa combines the peace and quiet of a secluded getaway with the convenience of a suburban location.

The resort is surrounded by hiking and mountain biking trails, and spectacular views. The resort features 27 holes of championship golf with vistas of the Catalina Mountains.

Other highlights are the multilevel pools,  full-service Hashani Spa as well as multiple restaurants featuring authentic Mediterranean dishes and classic Mexican fare.

The deadline for hotel reservations and convention registration is Tue. September 6th.



MMOPA will hold an awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of members who met the requirements of Aviator, Senior Aviator and Master Aviator.


Throughout the event, there will be many opportunities for you to connect with old friends and meet new ones. MMOPA Tucson Live is the only event of the year that will bring together membership from around the country and world to celebrate our shared passion for aviation and PA46. From our welcome reception to the member/companion tour and post-convention celebration, the event will be jam-packed with fun, education and fellowship.


We hope you’ll make EVERY effort to attend in-person, though just like 2020 & 2021, we also will have Live Streaming available. Stay tuned for details!


At the conclusion of MMOPA Tucson LIVE, all content will be available to watch and enjoy at any time later. The content will be located on and be available only to paid subscribers. The content will never be made available to the public or non-paying members.

Our Speakers

Brian Shul

Brian’s phenomenal comeback story from laying near dead in the jungle of Southeast Asia, to later flying the world’s fastest, highest flying jet, has been the subject of numerous magazine articles and an inspiration to many. After 20 years and 5000 hours in fighter jets, Brian retired from the Air Force in 1990. He has authored five books on flying, for which he did all the writing and photography. 

Kevin Mead

Kevin Mead has been providing technical support for the PA46 fleet since the first Malibu rolled off Piper’s assembly line in 1984. Kevin founded Mead Aircraft Services, Inc in 1998. He has been the technical advisor for the MMOPA, an advocacy group for PA46 owners, since 1990, and has lectured widely in the US and Europe on PA46 maintenance topics. He has authored articles for the MMOPA Magazine, Pipers Magazine, and PA31 Magazine.

Bruce Williams

As a flight instructor and writer based in Seattle, specializing in IFR instruction in technically advanced (glass-cockpit) aircraft, Bruce enjoyed a 15-year career with Microsoft, where he was involved in designing six versions of Microsoft Flight Simulator. He now owns a consulting company and is the  author of two books about using PC-based simulation to complement flight training, plus many features on various topics for aviation-focused periodicals.

Robert Winchcomb

Mr. Robert Winchcomb has been with Pratt & Whitney for over 28 years. He began his career as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician and working with the PT6A since 1985. He joined P&WC in 1994 as a Field Support Representative in Brisbane, Australia and moved within P&WC in various Customer Support Departments including; Field Support, Warranty, Service Center, Fleet Manager, DPHM and now a Manager with PT6A Customer Service. Robert’s specialities include P&WC Engine Diagnostics and PT6A Engine control rigging.

Jeff Schans

Jeff has always loved aviation and was able to start his aviation career while in the Marine Corps working on C-130 aircraft.  After the Marines he was able to work as an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic with an Inspection Authorization.  He also has his commercial license with a multi-engine rating.  He currently is the manager of customer development at Lycoming Engines.

Manny Casiano

Manuel “Manny” Casiano practiced general surgery for 23 years in Frederick, and then completed an MBA at Hood College in 2004. He served as a director on the Frederick Memorial Hospital Board for six years and later moved into an administrative role, serving as Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer for 14 years. Among other things, Manny plays an integral part in his accident reviews of the PA46 fleet.

David McVinnie

Mr. McVinnie is a lifetime member of the Malibu/M-Class Owners and Pilots Association (MMOPA) and was recognized as a MMOPA Master Aviator in 2020. He worked as an associate instructor for the Malibu/Mirage Safety and Training Foundation (MMSTF) and currently serves on the MMOPA Safety Committee. David is an experienced PA-46 expert witness and conducts risk management briefings and accident analysis for MMOPA.

Paul Himes

Paul Himes is President and Chief Executive Officer of Himes Associates, Ltd. Paul is an active pilot and flies his Meridian regularly in support of Angel Flight and additional charity benefits. He also enjoys travelling, photography, reading and scuba diving.

Dierk Reuter

Dierk Reuter, is an accomplished pilot and a TBM owner and aeronautical engineer. Reuter, who uses his aeronautical background and engineering experience will bring us practical date in regards to flying our PA46 and P46T airplanes to improve safety in all regimes of flight, including the accuracy of landings while reducing unsafe flight conditions.

David Purvis

David Purvis

David is a 3rd Generation Aviator and a lifelong learner & mentor. He is passionate about faith, family, and flying.

Having been a CFI since 2005, David owns VisionAir — based in Denver — that conducts Insurance Approved Initial & Recurrent Flight Training in PA46, TBM, Citation CJs, routinely done in the Rocky Mountain environment. David is also a buyer & seller agent for owner pilot aircraft.

David has managed and been Safety Director for a fortune 100 company flight department that operated on of the first Gulfstream G500’s put into service He is a United A320 First Officer and soon to be United Pilot Instructor.

Scott Williams

Scott Williams serves as an aviation attorney representing aircraft owners in purchase matters and insurance disputes, and pilots in FAA / NTSB matters. Scott will identify the Top 10 Legal Mistakes made by Aircraft Owners and how you can avoid making them.

Scott Dennstaedt

Dr. Scott Dennstaedt is a CFI and former NWS meteorologist and founder of the EZWxBrief progressive web app ( He is the author of The Skew-T log (p) and Me and co-author of Pilot Weather: From Solo to the Airlines. For the last 25 years Scott has been teaching pilots at all experience levels how to minimize their exposure to adverse weather.

Larry Grant

Larry Grant

Larry Grant took delivery of Malibu N4319M in November, 1983 and has been flying it ever since. The adventures of this first production Malibu include many aviation speed records, non-stop flight to Paris , winner trans African air race, non-stop records coast to coast with no extra fuel. He is a lifetime member of MMOPA and was featured as “Meet Mr. Malibu” in the 2019 MMOPA magazine.

Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Malibu M-Class Owners and Pilots Association (MMOPA) representing the interests of owners and pilots worldwide who fly Piper PA46 derivative (Malibu, Mirage, Meridian, M-Class, JetPROP and Matrix) aircraft. He also serves on the board of directors – as an independent director – of Volato, a fractional aircraft program, charter operator, and aircraft management company, and on the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board, chairing its marketing committee.

Prior to joining MMOPA, Nichols founded and led an aviation and business strategy consultancy, Flieger Strategies, LLC, and was a senior executive at NBAA where he worked for 18 years. During his tenure at NBAA, Nichols advocated for the business aviation industry on Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule-making committees, effectively preventing the implementation of onerous regulations while facilitating those that enhance safety and operations; directed federal and state aviation tax policy and education initiatives; successfully lobbied state revenue agencies, IRS, Department of Treasury and the U.S. Congress for fair taxation treatment of ownership/operation of business aircraft; generated significant growth in NBAA’s conferences and seminars and regional forums lines of business; and led the team that produced ABACE – the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition – an annual business aviation trade show in Shanghai, China. Along with other forward-thinking initiatives, he created and was the principal author of the NBAA Sustainable Flight Department Accreditation Program which was designed to lead business aviation operations towards environmental sustainability objectives.

A life-long learner, Nichols earned the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM), Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Institute for Organizational Management (IOM) credentials. He is an active instrument-rated private pilot and owns a Grumman Tiger aircraft.

Bill Archer

Bill Archer

Bill Archer retired from a major airline as an Airbus Captain and has over 35,000 hours of flight time. He holds a master’s degree in Administration and Organization and maintains the following ratings: CFII Single and Multi-engine, ATP single and multi-engine, and several type ratings.

He began flight instructing in the late 1970’s, served as the Chief Flight Instructor for the University of Oklahoma, and was a DPE for OU in the 1990’s. While at OU we obtained a research grant to test all the GPS basic T approaches that are used today. For the past fourteen years he’s loved flying his 1984 PA46-310P, “Miss Molly Malibu,” and now owns a C80 681B Turbo Commander. Bill has over 7,000 hours of flight instruction in all makes of the PA-46 aircraft.

Bill has been married to Anita for 49yrs and we have two grown sons and four grandsons.

John Walters

John Walters

John Walters is a mechanical engineer who worked in critical service metal production for 45 years. He spent 17 years at Cameron Forged Products in technical and managerial positions, working on critical serviceing components and simulation of these very complex processes. Management responsibilities included production engineering, corporate and government projects.

John was Vice President at Scientific Forming Technologies Corporation from 1994 to 2019, responsible for sales, marketing, business development, technical support and training. SFTC developed the leading process simulation software in the metal forming industry worldwide.

A wide range of professional activities included technical committees in ASM and FIA. John was a speaker/presenter/session chairman in technical conferences and training workshops in North America and Europe for 25 years. He was a Trustee on the Forging Industry Education Research Foundation, and uthor (or co-author) of over 60 technical papers and articles.

John has competed in triathlons and runs since the mid 1980’s. He enjoys golf, cooking, gardening, and a wide range of hands-on home projects.

John has logged ~2500 hours since 2000, with ~850 in the PA46.


Ferenc Cstaslos

Growing up in Hungary (Eastern Europe) I always dreamed about flying airplanes; however we did not have the infrastructure and means to be around airplanes. In 1997, after graduating high school, I moved to the United States to study and play competitive hockey.

In the early 2000’s I finally took a discovery flight at a local airport, the second we lifted off into the 3D world I was ‘hooked’.

After earning my private, instrument and commercial certificates we purchased our first family airplane, Piper Cherokee Six; a few years later transitioned to our current PA46 Malibu. Combining my passion for teaching (knowledge transfer) and flying I earned my flight instructor ratings. I’ve flown over 2,300 hours of which over 1,000 is in the PA46airplanes.

My goal is to pass on the knowledge and experiences I gained over the years and make you a better, confident and safe pilot.

Our family resides in Des Moines IA , a convenient location for midwest clients. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, playing hockey, mountain biking, and skiing.

Additional Speakers

Caitlin McCarthy

Your registration to this premier aviation event is ONLY $1,100 per person.

This experience has the ability connect us and give our community ways to learn, grow and celebrate the many facets of flying a PA46. This is what it means to be an organization that lives its mission of safety, advocacy and community. This is what it means to be MMOPA.



Thursday, September 29th | Cost: $450

For the first time ever, MMOPA will offer a one-day training program featuring hands-on survival and safety training on Thursday. The training will include ditching and water survival skills, hypoxia awareness training, and a session on fatigue mitigation. Companions participation encouraged – train as a team!


MMOPA Safety & Education Foundation Golf Tournament Sponsored by GARMIN International | Cost: $275

Join your fellow MMOPA members and companions for a fun scramble tournament while taking in the breathtaking desert mountain scenery. We will have fantastic prizes for closest to the pin, longest putt, and most accurate drive.


Sunday, Tram of the PIMA Air & Space Museum 9am-noon | COST $75


While the Friday night MMOPA member party will give you a small taste of the museum, we will return Sunday for an in-depth look at the museum’s priceless collection. The Pima Air & Space Museum is the largest privately funded aviation and aerospace museum in the world and the 3rd largest aviation museum in the United States. You’ll see aircraft you cannot see anywhere else like the Martin Mariner and the SR-71 while learning about history, engineering and space.

This 45-minute guided tour will take you through the museum’s 80 acres on a 1.5 mile route to view more than 150 aircraft in the collection. The tour is narrated by experienced guides who highlight significant aircraft I the outdoor collection. It’s a great way to see the museum!

Following the tram tour, you will have time to walk through the five hangars at your own pace. 


Friday, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum | COST: $55

Comprised of an AZA-accredited zoo, extensive botanical garden, two art galleries, and a natural history museum, the Desert Museum sits on 98 acres of pristine desert landscape. The Museum showcases the diverse flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert region (with over 55,000 plants) featuring wildlife such as coyotes, javelinas, mountain lions, and bighorn sheep in naturalistic habitats. 

Our visit will be a self-guided tour of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum allowing you to explore this wonderful treasure at your own pace. The museum is The Desert Museum is a fusion experience of zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium.

First, visit the Orientation Ramada for some background on the Sonoran Desert region.

Continue to the Mountain Woodland to visit the mountain lion and black bear, then the Desert Grassland to see the antics of the prairie dogs.

Next stop, The Hummingbird Aviary, but on the way be sure to check out the Agave and Cactus Gardens to see an impressive variety of succulents and cacti.

Finally, pick up a souvenir in the Mountain House Gift Shop and see the Warden Aquarium before you leave.


New this year, MMOPA Companions will have access to their own dedicated private lounge both Friday and Saturday of the convention. Stop by to relax on the adjoining terrace, enjoy some refreshments, or catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
On Saturday in the Lounge, we will hold a jewelry design session where you an learn to design and assemble your very own creation. Local designers Susan Galjour and Gail Seawright attend the annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show to select gems from all over the world for you to create your very own necklace & earrings.
The Lounge will be a great way to get to know other MMOPA companions in a relaxed and scenic location. Be sure to stop by and see what’s going on!



Take a look at the recap from last year’s auction & dinner party!
Saturday night will feature our dinner/auction and concert featuring great entertainment. You won’t want to miss this!

On Saturday evening, October. 1st, we will hold a fast-paced, fun auction to raise funds for the Safety & Education Foundation. Not only does the Foundation fund safety programming and events, such as MMOPA Safety Stand Down, MMOPA Uncowled and development of safety content, it supports initiatives such as the Master Aviator Program. In addition, the Foundation supports scholarships for well-deserving students.


Your registration to this premier aviation event is $1,100.00 per person.

This is includes virtual registration for the 3-day convention. In addition, you’ll have access to all the educational sessions on-demand to rewatch at your convenience.

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