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Starting with our first session on Sept. 2, the JW Marriott in downtown Nashville will be the epicenter of all things PA46, featuring the aviation industry’s leading experts on safety, technology, and maintenance.

At MMOPA Nashville LIVE you will have the chance to:

BE INSPIRED by Tammie Jo Shults, MMOPA Lifetime member, Malibu owner, and the Southwest Airline captain who successfully landed her severely damaged 737 after an uncontained engine failure. She’ll share the remarkable story that led her to become one of the first female Navy F-18 fighter pilots. And she’ll lay out the building blocks that led her to meet the challenge that fateful day in 2018.

BECOME A SAFER PILOT with specific sessions on landing techniques, aeronautical decision making, and weather knowledge.

HEAR FROM the top PA46 experts in the world…including Piper, Garmin, Pratt & Whitney, and many others;

MEET like-minded PA46 pilots. After a year with no in-person gatherings, this will be an event like no other, bringing together both old and new friends who share a passion for flying.

ROCK OUT with Eaglemania during our Friday night dinner. We’ll hold a fast-paced auction to raise funds for the MMOPA Safety & Education Foundation … and you’ll be treated with our first-ever, live convention concert featuring the world’s best Eagles tribute band.

Can’t be there in person? All educational sessions and the concert will be streamed live on the MMOPA Nashville LIVE . Plus, all who attend, whether in person or online will have access to the sessions on-demand for viewing at a later time.
Be a part of MMOPA’s biggest event of the year. Can three days change your life? We think it can. We’ll see you there!


Situated in the heart of Music City, the JW Marriott is hard to miss with its 33-story glass skyscraper. As the city’s only true luxury hotel, it is one of the city’s most recognizable buildings. Inside, the décor is sleek, modern, yet relaxed. With a full-service, modern spa, museum-worthy collection of contemporary art, rooftop terrace and pool, as well as world-class dining in three restaurants and dramatic indoor/outdoor event spaces that complement the neighboring 16-acre Music City Center convention complex, the hotel is truly a one-of-a-kind luxury destination.

The well-appointed rooms are among the most spacious of any in Nashville, each featuring floor-to-ceiling windows providing you a panoramic view of the downtown skyline. You’ll also appreciate the state-of-the-art technology, plus charming artwork and appointments that reflect the region’s southern hospitality and comfortable vibe.

JW Marriott Nashville also offers a full-service Spa by JW, an outdoor pool and a 17,000 square foot event lawn. It is also home to the renowned chef and restaurateur Michael Mina’s first Nashville outpost of Bourbon Steak atop the 33-story hotel.

Click here to make your hotel reservation at MMOPA’s preferred rate.

Or call +1 615-291-8600 and mention “Malibu M-Class Owners & Pilots Association.”

Host Airport:
Smyrna Rutherford County Airport – KMQY
Azure Flight Support

Smyrna Rutherford County Airport (KMQY) is located within a 30-minute drive to downtown Nashville. The Azure Flight Support team is ready to make your visit as convenient as possible. Azure is located on the west side of the airport next door to the airport authority’s three-story terminal building.

The airport has two runways, the longest runway is 8,048 feet. The airport has tower operations from 0700 to 2200 on weekdays and 0700 – 1900 on weekends.

MMOPA will be providing transportation from Azure to the JW Marriott starting on Tuesday, August 31. Starting Sunday morning, we will be providing transportation from the JW Marriott. If you arrive or depart at any other time, please make your own arrangements.



(All times are in Central Daylight Time)

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Arrival Day – Transportation from KMQY provided
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Poolside Welcome Reception – JW Marriott


(All times are in Central Daylight Time)

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15: Opening Ceremony
Welcome Remarks by Executive Director Dianne White & MMOPA President Ryan Oltman
8:15 – 9:00 a.m.: KEYNOTE: Piper Aircraft / John Calcagno, Interim President & CEO
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.: KEYNOTE: Fred Hyman Memorial Lecture / Captain Tammie Jo Shults
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.: Break with Exhibitors
10:30 a.m. – Noon: Master Aviator Program Awards – Presented by MMOPA Safety Committee
The Road to a Safer PA46 Community – Joe Casey, MMOPA Safety Committee
9  a.m. – Noon: Companion Training – GARMIN Autoland Demo + “The Empowered Passenger”
Presented by GARMIN & Caitlin McCarthy, Legacy Flight Training
1200 – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch with Exhibitors
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Safety Brief and Accident Review / Manny Casiano
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Companion Tour – Neighborhood & City Exploration Tour
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Successful Arrivals – Keys to Consistently Good Landings
Dan Moore, Dan Moore Aero
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.: Break with Exhibitors
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.: Landing Accidents & Runway Excursions in the PA46 / CFI Panel Discussion
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.: Gary Pokedner, FAA Program Manager, Weather in the Cockpit
Danny Sims, FAA Physical Scientist, Aviation Weather Information Applications, Limitations, and Advances

6:00 – 10 p.m.: MMOPA Member Party – The Country Music Hall of Fame Museum


(All times are in Central Daylight Time)

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.: GARMIN / Product Update
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.: Analyzing Adverse Weather Scenarios
Gary Pokedner & Danny Sims, FAA
9:00 – Noon: Companion Training – Advanced: “Partners in Flight”
Caitlin McCarthy, Legacy Flight Training
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.: Break with Exhibitors
10:30 – Noon: Introduction of Upset Recovery Course for the PA46
Dr. Scott Glaser, Flight Research
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch with Exhibitors
1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Special Award Presentation
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Professionalism in the Cockpit: Habits that Make Good Pilots Great
Travis Holland & Chris Carmody
2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: Get Ready to Get Jet Ready
Travis Holland
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.: Break with Exhibitors
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Roundtable Breakout-Piston (Panel discussion)
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Roundtable Breakout-Turbine (Panel discussion)
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Roundtable Breakout-JetPROP (Panel discussion)

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: CFI Summit

6:30 cocktails followed by dinner: MMOPA Safety & Education Foundation Charity Auction
Followed by concert featuring Eaglemania


(All times are in Central Daylight Time)

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.: ForeFlight Pro Tips / ForeFlight
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.: Deciphering Flight Level Weather like a Pro / Dr. Scott Dennstaedt
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.: Tax Planning: What’s Ahead for Aircraft Owners / Suzanne Meiners-Levy
11:30 a.m. – Noon: All Membership Meeting / MMOPA Board of Directors
12 – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Post-Convention Celebration Trolley “Hop On/Hop Off” Tour
Saturday Evening: Dinner on your own


(All times are in Central Daylight Time)

6:30 – 11:30 a.m.: Transportation provided from the JW Marriott to KMQY

Your all-access ticket to this premier aviation event is $975.

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.



MMOPA will hold an awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of members who met the requirements of Aviator, Senior Aviator and Master Aviator. MMOPA will mail each member their wings and frameable certificate in advance. In addition, MMOPA Safety Committee will also announce the Broken Wings Award winners and share their stories.

If you are a past recipient, don’t forget to wear your wings to all events!


On Friday evening, Sept. 3, 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 videos, it supports initiatives such as the Master Aviator Program. In addition, the Foundation supports scholarships for well-deserving students.

This year, we are funding two scholarships for students with a financial need pursuing a career in general aviation. With our partnership with the University of North Dakota, we hope to pay it forward to the next generation. During MMOPA Nashville LIVE, you will meet our 2021 scholarship recipients and hear how your donations are helping them reach their dreams.

For those at home, you will be able to participate in our auction using a convenient app that you can download on your phone. You will be able to track, bid and hopefully win the items you most want. If you have a product, service, vacation home, or special memorabilia that you’d like to donate, contact Dianne White.


Throughout the event, there will be many opportunities for you to connect with old friends and meet new ones. MMOPA Nashville Live is the only event of the year that brings 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-party, you won’t want to miss a minute of the fun events we have planned.


At the conclusion of MMOPA Nashville 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.


THURSDAY, 1-5 P.M. | COST: $50

Neighborhood & City Exploration Tour: Nashville has many upcoming and coming, trendy and oldie but goody neighborhoods, including 12 South, The Gulch and East Nashville, all famous for their own southern charm, shopping opportunities and local foods. This is the best way to immerse right into the Nashville scene while getting to see many spots outside of downtown. A local tour guide will discuss the hot spots in each neighborhood and you will be dropped off at central location where you’ll explore little boutiques and local restaurants on your own. A list of “top picks” will be provided for shopping for each location so you get the best of each area! All famous for their own southern charm, shopping opportunities and local foods.


East Nashville 3 Crow Bar: a staple in East Nashville, featuring a beer garden patio; The Idea Hatchery: a unique collection of local start-ups; Project 615: A perfect spot to pick up a Nashville Souvenir.

The Gulch Two Old Hippies: The best place in this neighborhood to get an authentic souvenir and doubles as a guitar store; Hops & Crafts: Has a broad selection of microbrews from Nashville- 36 and counting! Check out ?he Jason Woodside Mural on 299 11th Ave S. and the iconic “What Lifts You Wings” mural by Kelsey Montague; Lucchese Boots: High end Boot Retailer to the stars.

12 South: Shop at Reese Witherspoon’s boutique Draper James; Five Daughters Bakery: donuts upon donuts! Frothy Monkey: Grab a cup and take a picture with the “Nashville Looks Good on You;” Savant Vintage sells a wide range of vintage clothing, shoes, accessories and furnishings. Take a picture with the “I believe in Nashville” sign.


SATURDAY, 1-5 P.M. | COST: $99

The MMOPA Post-Convention Celebration Trolley Tour will be the best way to see the fascinating history and sights of the city.

We’ll have the trolley stocked with celebratory libations and cold water as we see the best of Nashville, checking out many historic and famous sites as our professional tour guides will give us the inside story on each.

Our private tour will stop at many fascinating sites, such as the Marathon Music Works, where we’ll hop off and taste some whiskey, while others may prefer to see the Ryman Auditorium. Since the tour is private, the experience will be truly customized for our group!


Your all-access ticket to this premier aviation event is $975.

This is includes registration for the 3-day convention, all meals and member parties, as well as entry to the Eaglemania concert. In addition, you’ll have access to all the educational sessions on-demand to rewatch at your convenience.


For the first 50 members who register to attend MMOPA Nashville LIVE, you will receive a special premium gift upon check in at the JW Marriott-Nashville as well as premium seating at the Eaglemania concert.

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