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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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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…

  • MORE PA46 SPECIFIC CONTENT

  • MORE INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKERS AND THOUGHT LEADERS IN SAFETY, MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS

  • STELLAR RESORT AND LUXURY AMENITIES

  • MORE VALUE FOR YOUR REGISTRATION FEE

     

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.

CONVENTION ITINERARY

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH

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

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

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH

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

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

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST

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

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

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2ND

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.

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MASTER AVIATOR AWARDS

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

FELLOWSHIP & COMMUNITY

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.

LIVE STREAMING

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!

ON-DEMAND ACCESS

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 MMOPA.com 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 started VisionAir out of a passion to teach others to fly and fly well, and has grown the company consistently through referrals and has experienced success with owner pilots over the years and been a part of the adaptation to a culture of safety, wise aeronautical decision making, and sharpening of aviator skills.

Scott Williams

Scott Williams serves as an aviation attorney for small businesses, landlords, and aircraft owners. From forming Corporations / LLCs for start ups to partnership agreements to business litigation, Scott and his team oversees and provides insight for PA46 and P46T owners. Scott will share how proper steps to take to draft aircraft purchase, co-ownership, and lease agreements in a safe and legal manner.

Scott Dennstaedt

Dr. Scott Dennstaedt is a CFI and former NWS meteorologist and founder of the EZWxBrief progressive web app (ezwxbrief.com). 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.

Additional Speakers

Ferenc Cstaslos

Larry Grant

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.

TOURS, AUCTION & MORE!

SURVIVAL TRAINING

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!

GOLF TOURNAMENT

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.

POST-CONVENTION TOUR

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

LIMITED TO 40 PEOPLE.

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. 

COMPANION TOUR

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.

ALL NEW COMPANION LOUNGE

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!

AUCTION, DINNER & PARTY!

SATURDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 1ST

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.

SPACE IS LIMITED!

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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